Dr. Shahana Uy’s journey to the field of aesthetics began very close to home. “My mom has always been very keen on having good skin. She always said that it could help bring out a person’s greatest potential,” she shares. “Growing up, I’ve had my fair share os skin problems and issues. My mom was always reminding me to go see a doctor, or book my monthly facials and laser treatments for the minimal scars I once had because of acne.”
This personal connection to the field of aesthetics has given Shahana a passion for aesthetics, something that she brings to the fore with the opening of Pearl Aesthetics next month. With chic and cosmopolitan interiors, the clinic is a way for Shahana to help people become the best version of themselves. “I strongly believe that everyone would feel more confident about themselves when they look their best,” she asserts. “I’ve seen a lot of people with low self-esteem and lost confidence because they were troubled with skin problems—once the condition of their skin improved, they regained their confidence and became happier. Being able to give someone the confidence to shine is what motivates me to open my own aesthetic clinic.”
The clinic is a culmination of years of studying and experience—after graduating from the Cebu Doctors’ University College of Medicine, she went on to get a Certificate in Aesthetic Medicine at the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine in Las Vegas, and Diplomas in Aesthetic Medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine in Bangkok and the Aesthetic Medicine Institute in Manila.
Despite her young age, Shahana already has a firm grasp on how she wants to run the clinic and the quality of services she wants to offer. “Given that we are actually the ‘new kid on the block,’ the first challenge for me was emphasizing the unique differentiating aspects of my clinic,” she explains.
Different, it certainly is. Pearl Aesthetics will be manned by a staff of well-trained license nurses, and use all-organic products that are picked to best suit each patient’s skin type. “It is an organic skin care line from Budapest, Hungary which uses 100% organically grown, hand-picked fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and pure spring water,” she describes, adding that this line of nourishing and rejuvenating products are USDA and Demeter-certified organic. “You’d actually be freeing yourself from all the toxic or harmful chemicals that might be present in other products. Remember, what you put on your skin eventually ends up in your body.”
Aside from that, the clinic will use state-of-the-art equipment and treatments that are backed by extensive research. “I had to carefully choose what to put in the clinic, giving emphasis on the importance of evidence-based aesthetic treatments,” Shahana says. “These are treatments that are proven safe and effective, rather than just following the latest trends.”
That timeless approach to aesthetics is something to take note of, especially because Shahana considers committing to skincare a complete lifestyle change. “The first place to start improving the health of your skin is improving your diet, and once you see the difference, you continue to make positive food choices as a way of life,” she explains. “You will want to be more careful in choosing the beauty products that you want to apply on your skin. Exercising daily helps your body to naturally detoxify and reveal more youthful skin.”
“Your skin often reveals your unspoken emotions to the world. When you’re stressed, it shows,” she continues. “Negativity has a way of manifesting in the skin, so you need to find a way to let go of that.”
If the woman behind it is any indication, it’s clear that Pearl Aesthetics will be offering beauty that is more than skin-deep. The holistic approach to skincare and aesthetics allows Shahana to truly make a difference in her clients’ lives. “It’s about helping people improve and achieve what they want,” she shares. “It’s about seeing them more confident and happy.”