We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Nadir Qazi and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Nadir, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I grew up in a highly competitive middle-class family. My dad was a successful doctor, and my four sisters all had drive to succeed. I am the middle child and the only male. I knew whatever I did, I had to be successful. I discovered art during our family trips to Greece and Italy. I fell in love with accurate sculptures of the human body and became obsessed with creating an accurate depiction of human anatomy. The more I studied the body and how it worked inside and out, the more I curious I became about how things go wrong. Knowing artists don’t always make it big, I pivoted my career path toward pathology, understanding diseases and conditions within the human body. This led me to cosmetic dermatology; the one field where I could combine my passion for sculpture art into a career that helps people see their own beauty. The transformations our clients experience through our services enhances every area of their lives, because when we feel good about the way we look, our confidence elevates, and we begin to see life through a better lens. I knew I wanted to start my own practice versus work for another because entrepreneurship put me in control of the services I provided and the way my life and my business would operate. I got a lot of pushback from various people in my life when I moved to Southern California to open my practice. Orange County is a highly competitive areas for cosmetic surgery and I didn’t have the funds for the high-tech lasers and fancy equipment. I ignored their fears over my career, and I set out to succeed. I kept my head focused on my goals: providing each client with personalized attention and outstanding results. It’s worked. We’ve grown year over year ever year. We’ve added staff, another physician who provides plastic surgery, and business is booming.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
a. What I am most proud of is succeeding in the face of adversity over and over again. Despite the fear of others forced upon me; despite opening in likely the most highly competitive area in the nation; despite not having the funds to compete with the latest gadgets and high-tech equipment; and despite Covid forcing us to shut our doors for a bit, we have not only survived, we’ve thrived. Was it always easy? Not a chance. Business ownership is a rollercoaster; it has ups and downs and twists and turns. Some parts are scarier than others, but you just keep going and eventually the track evens out for a while. The way we overcome challenges at Qazi Cosmetic Clinic is the same strategy in how we’ve come to succeed all along. We focus on excellence with each service we provide. We are not trying to do everything for everyone, we’re focused on serving this one person in front of us right here, right now. By providing excellent service for each client, each hour of each day, we have succeeded. Our clients grow to love us. We grow to know them, understand them, and that makes them feel special. Business is all about making your clients feel special, understood, well-cared for, and to get them the results they desire. Whenever a person isn’t right for the standard treatments, we search for creative ways to meet their needs. I experienced severe acne as a teen / early adult. I had acne scars that made me want to hide from the world. No one had treatments for my darker skin complexion. So, I have become the doctor that I searched for in my youth. The one who seeks solutions for people of all skin and body types. Today, I am one of a few specialists in the country who do the types of procedures I do to reduce acne scarring, melasma, dark circles, and other services specifically for people with darker skin. We treat people of all skin types; but our services for people with darker skin is one of our key differentiators. That, and we focus on bringing out the best of your own natural look, versus the “done” look of the past.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love museums, so obviously we would visit the Getty, The Broad, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, LA County Museum of Arts, the Grammy Museum, and Griffith Observatory is always a unique talking point. With LA so tied in with entertainment, we’d likely hit the Kodak Theater and the Met, and we would want to check out some of the famous hotels, so maybe a drink and appetizers at Chateau Marmont, Loews, Ace, The Viceroy, and the Hollywood Roosevelt.

High-end dining at Nobu, Craig’s in LA, maybe check out The Strand in Manhattan Beach for a more casual vibe. We definitely want to hike Runyon Canyon Park, Mount Hollywood trail, the Hollywood Sign, and the Santa Monica stairs. Lunch at Gladstones, Pink’s Hotdogs, and Philippe’s for a french dip. Check out the Santa Monica pier and Venice Beach. Ride bikes on the boardwalk. Hit a night at the Magic Castle. Search out a Dining in the Dark experience, and for nightlife, we’d hit The Rooftop at the Standard, Crocker Club, any maybe Gallery Bar at the Millennium Biltmore; and of course, shopping on Rodeo Drive, and a basketball game with world famous Lakers. We’d aim for a mixture of city and beach, high-end and touristy with ample time to just see and enjoy.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people I can give a shoutout to throughout my life, including my family; but the one who had the most influence on me was Michelangelo Buonarroti. He may not be alive right now, but his work ethic and tenacity live on in me. No matter what he did, he made sure he was the best at it. Through every piece of his artwork, his attention to detail and effort shine through. He taught me, through my studies, that hard work and incredible skill makes an expert. I strive for that daily in everything I do. Of course, others who inspire me to greatness include famous architect and designer, Frank Gehry, whose buildings have become world-renowned attractions, like Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles; Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris; and Dancing House in Prague. I am inspired by people who aspire to be the best at what they do. Gigi and Bella Hadid also come to mind.

Website: https://qaziclinic.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/doctorqazi/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nadir-qazi-980840183/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/drnadirqazi

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Image Credits
Laura Arianna

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