We had the good fortune of connecting with Ruth Swissa C.M.M. and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ruth Swissa C.M.M., why did you pursue a creative career?
As a medical micro pigmentation specialist, I have been, and continue to be, blessed with the ability to bridge both my artistic and medical background to help others around me feel comfortable in their skin. I decided to pursue this career specifically due to that reason– to use my skillset to bring joy to others. Having affiliation with Cedar’s Sinai Hospital, several burn/trauma foundations, and ample plastic surgeons around the world, this field of work has granted me the opportunity to use art for its sole purpose: to connect and bring light to those around me. With every patient and every case that comes my way, I feel a special connection. With every conversation and every procedure, I feel a closeness to the patient I am working with (not on) and that is what art is. That being said, I chose to take my career in an artistic direction not only due to my background in art and science, but more-so, due to the desire to create art with every patient that comes my way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to where I am today has not been easy, and it is a never ending process. However, when you love what you do and get to do it everyday, the challenges become a gift. This is why I express gratitude to my challenges. It is these challenges that allow me to continue to grow my business, and push myself to a place where I can reach as many people as possible and make a difference in their everyday. I think the challenges that surround my business is what I am most proud of. The ability to stay true to my patients and feel connected to them everyday, apart from all the struggles, means that I am fulfilling my true desire. I am continuing and allowing the challenges to push me forward and never hold me back. This is why I have my business. The success comes from making a difference and touching as many souls as I can, no matter what comes my way.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Crediting my success has always been a favorite topic of mine. Growing up, my mother used to always tell me, ‘No matter how far you get in life, never forget where you started, and who helped you get there,’ I find it impossible to list out the different events and people the universe has led me to, to fully credit my encouragement in guiding me to where I am, but there is one specific person I would like to recognize. Dr. Stephen Bresnick. Over twenty years ago Dr. Bresnick and I had met in his office where he asked me what my profession was. As we conversed, he requested to see some pictures of my work. After some time, Dr. Bresnick began to challenge me with post-surgical scars where I would later find myself using my extensive knowledge in color-matching to camouflage them. Taking these post-op scars into my hands, I was spending countless hours in building what is now my favorite procedure that I do. This became a snowball effect, and today, I work with over 50 plastic surgeons that continue to challenge me with new scars everyday. I credit Dr. Bresnick for being the first person to get me out of my comfort zone, and push me to taking my work in a more medical direction rather than limiting myself to simply cosmetics. He saw what I was doing and what I had to offer, and opened those doors for me very early on in my career. That is something I will forever cherish and express my gratitude for.