Episode 247: Dr. Jason Diamond, Founder of The Diamond Face Institute

As long-time fans of reality television, we knew this episode’s guest Dr. Jason Diamond from his appearances on programs such as Dr. 90210 and The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills, so we were thrilled to get a chance to speak with him about his career journey to becoming a world-renowned plastic surgeon and Founder of The Diamond Face Institute.

Tending to the faces of Hollywood A-listers wasn’t always the plan for Dr. Diamond — he recalls a childhood dream of playing professional baseball, and facing his first feelings of rejection when he was cut from his freshman team. But this early disappointment proved to be something much bigger — it provided a “chip on the shoulder” that Dr. Diamond still uses as a motivator to this day, pushing him to be the best version of himself.

This mentality has served Dr. Diamond well over the years as he has built a successful plastic surgery practice that has taken him all over the globe — he’s so in demand that it’s not uncommon for clients to fly him to their homes in Dubai when they need a touch-up! But Dr. Diamond found that not everyone is able to fly him to their homes (or movie sets!) and wanted to make his much-lauded “Insta-Facial” more readily available to those who couldn’t always visit him in-office. Thus, Dr. Diamond’s Metacine was born as a way to address the skin on an expert level. If anyone’s curious what’s on our holiday wishlist…

For more of our talk with Dr. Jason Diamond, be sure to tune into this episode wherever you get your podcasts!

Dan Hodgdon
You think you want an easy path, but you realize these bumps in the road, these can really shape who you are.
Dr. Jason Diamond
AnnouncerWelcome to WHERE BRAINS MEET BEAUTY™ hosted by Jodi Katz, Founder and Creative Director of Base Beauty Creative Agency.
Aleni MackareyHi, Jodi. Happy New Year, Happy New Year to all our listeners.
Jodi KatzHi, Aleni I can't believe it's 2024. And of course, like everybody else, I'm gonna forget what year it is and write the wrong thing for a few weeks now. I'm so glad that we can come back together. This is actually the last episode recorded in 2023. So if you caught us when we recorded live or Instagram, you got to hear this episode a few weeks ago, and now it's going live on all of your favorite podcast streaming platforms. So our fans will get to meet it as a New Year's gift.
Dr. Jason DiamondNo, that's so exciting. Tell me more about our guest Dr. Jason Diamond.
Jodi KatzOkay, so if you watch reality TV, you totally know who he is. But if you don't watch reality TV like me, he is a Beverly Hills based double board certified facial plastic surgeon, he actually grew up right near you and me. So he grew up early years in Scranton, Pennsylvania. And then like elementary school and beyond, was the town from where I grew up in New Jersey.
Dr. Jason DiamondThat is so interesting. Such a small world, what are the chances that this world renowned surgeon can tie back to both of us it's so funny. There's so many different people who thread through and that we meet on the show and see where they're from?
Jodi KatzWell, this is a great conversation is one of my favorites of the year because, you know, like this guy's major, you know, like he's basically like lying around the world to give like royalty, their Botox and stuff. I mean, it's kind of nuts, the exposure that he has and how well known he is and how good he is at his craft. But he's like, so normal and humble and really willing to have a great rich, deep conversation about like lifework balance, how to focus on your family, when there really is obviously very clearly like a true seduction, you know, enhancing his success every day.
Dr. Jason DiamondI love it. There's so many interesting people and interesting stories on this show. We started last year, I guess the top of 2023 with C suite then influencers and artists, and ended with Health Innovations, who are some of the standout guests from last year seasons.
Jodi KatzI'm so glad you asked because this is actually a topic that's on my mind. Because now twice a year we host our listener again awards, and our next awards will be given out and January so really soon, and we're going to be honoring our quarter three artistry and quarter for health gas along with a guest from our archive episodes. So these episodes are so so good that you will want to listen again.
Dr. Jason DiamondI'm so excited for the awards to be announced along with your special co host for the event. It should be a really great party celebrating our guests. But for now, let's get to Dr. Jason Diamond, Episode 247.
Jodi KatzWelcome to WHERE BRAINS MEET BEAUTY™. We're a career journey podcast talking about what it's like to define success and reach for it in the beauty and wellness industries. Today we finish our health innovation theme quarter. And this whole podcast season with Dr. Jason diamond Beverly Hills bass double board certified facial plastic surgeon in addition to being featured in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar Elora Marie Claire and the Hollywood Reporter. He is a go to medical authority for news and television networks. Dr. Diamond was a featured facial plastic surgeon on both the E reality show Dr. 902 No. And the Netflix series, the celebrity plastic surgeons of Beverly Hills. But wait there's more. He's also the founder of medicine, a skincare brand inspired by the diamond face Institute's practices and procedures. Dr. Diamond is sought after by a list celebrities, influencers and patients around the world. He's beautifying their lives in one face at a time. I'm excited to dive into the conversation about his career journey from baseball to face overhaul. All on episode 247. Hi, Dr. Diamond, welcome to WHERE BRAINS MEET BEAUTY™.
Dr. Jason DiamondThank you very much glad to be here.
Jodi KatzSo this is a career journey show. And we always start at the beginning. And when I say the beginning. I mean like your 10 year old self. So tell me if you're 10 years old again. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Dr. Jason DiamondSo 10 years old? Let's see. So I'm in 10 years old right away, and I'm probably in fourth or fifth grade? Yeah, I would say probably a few years later and that definitely I want to be a professional baseball player. I don't know about 10 years old, but probably by 12 1314 at 10 years old. I think I wanted to be a professional kickball player so that who knows I don't remember.
Jodi Katzkickball is my sport. I actually organized like an adult kickball thing in my neighborhood. It is so much fun.
Dr. Jason DiamondIt is so fun I still remember those days as a kid it was elbow I always got picked last you know I was one of the like the last kids pick. But it was still so much fun.
Jodi KatzOkay, we're designed into this. Why do you think you're a pic last?
Dr. Jason DiamondWell, it goes into my whole story, but I was I was like the only Jewish kid Did in an all Italian town. And so I got picked on a lot, bullied a lot. And what and I was a good athlete I am as we get into my baseball story, you'll see like I was I was, I wasn't the best athlete, but I was. I got picked on a lot because of that. And also, I was very young for my grade. My birthday is December 21. And back in those days, that's, you know, the cutoff is December 29, or whatever it is. So I was the youngest kid in the class every year, and you're at those ages, when you're younger, you're smaller every, you know, six months makes a huge difference. There's a difference between a 10 year old and 10 and a half year old, that's a big difference. So I was probably smaller and skinnier than most of the kids up until a certain point. So for those reasons, I was always like, picked last or one of the last.
Jodi KatzSo it turns out, we grew up near each other. I grew up in Roseland, New Jersey, and you said you were living in East Hanover, New Jersey, that's literally the next town over next town over. When I was in college, I had a waitressing job at Cafe Z, which was like in the money in the strip mall on route 10. I don't know if you remember cafes and I was not a good waiter. I got fired. But it's not often that I meet somebody who like literally grew up right near me. I was I graduated in 93 from high school.
Dr. Jason DiamondI graduated in 89. What high school do you go to?
Jodi KatzI went to West Essex and North Caldwell. Okay.
Dr. Jason DiamondI went to North Academy.
Jodi KatzOkay, so we played you. Yeah, I mean, my team played. Yeah, I played lacrosse there and things like that. Okay, this is cool. So let's talk about the baseball dreams. You know, actually, when I'm in my day job, that bass beauty, I talk a lot with my team about how we teach people not just to do the job, but how to have a job. And it all goes back to like things in high school, like being the captain of a team totally transferable to managing people at work, you know, asking for extra help and math class and like practicing side by side with a teacher, one at a time two at a time, then go off and do 10 on your own. So let's talk about these like, you know, formative years maybe high school years was baseball in your future?
Dr. Jason DiamondWas it in my future at that time? I was hoping so. So my store so I was I wasn't actually much of a student. It just wasn't something that kids in East Hanover did. No one really studied the people I hung out with. We weren't into don't care about grades. We were going outside and screwing around. And I mean, that's just how it was. So but it turned out I was I was fairly athletic. I liked baseball a lot and I was pretty good at it. So when I get to college, when I when I get to high school my freshman year, I try out for the baseball team. But the first high school I went to was Hanover Park High School. That was the he's Tamra and Florham Park combination. And I transferred to North Academy later, but I go to freshman year at Hanover Park High School, which is a combination of those two towns. Well, I knew all the East Hanover kids we play that we grew up together with all the with all these kids and I played ball with all these kids and travel teams or we knew, and I was one of the best players of my year, my group for years and years and years. We go to tryouts my freshman year. And you know, and there's 20 Florham Park kids that come in as well. And I didn't know them, but I got cut from the freshman team. And all my friends made the team and these were all kids that I played with. And I was the I was an all star on the team. I was one of those players. And, and it was devastating to me, and this is this, this sort of led me on my path. Actually, it was devastating. To me, it was all I cared about. It was all I knew it was my whole identity. It was everything. And when I got cut, I didn't know what I was going to do. And so I, you know, curled up into a ball and just sort of, you know, I was like just kind of in the fetal position, metaphorically speaking for a month. And finally, my dad talked to me about it. He said, Well, why don't you go talk to the coach, and so I did i and that was good advice he gave me that's why I want to talk to you such as what happened. So when asked him and just said, you know, I just thought there were kids better than you. And I said, I said, Okay, and this coach didn't know me like he didn't, he didn't know and, and I was given not the point of the story, but I was definitely deserved to being on the team was better than 9% because it but whatever. Okay. So I decided that after after a month of just salting, I said, You know what, I'm going to show these MF errs. I can say that right? I'm going to show him and I spent the entire year just really practicing and getting stronger, all with the motivation, making the team and showing them it wasn't about anything else in this was about proving myself and proving that I belong. It had nothing to do with anything even bigger aspirations. And so but that motivated me to work really, really hard and to grind. And I practice every single night, my basement, winter, nice spring. I mean, I practice drills all these drills that I've learned and worked on getting stronger and came back my sophomore year and I made the team And out of all that entire group of people that made that team, I was the only one to go play college ball. And I became the captain of my cabinet team as a senior. So the reason the story itself isn't that interesting or exciting, but the thing is, that chip on my shoulder that I had, it still sits right there. And that's a big motivator for me to still today prove to everybody that I deserve to be here I belong, and that thing sits squarely on that shoulder to this day. And that so that's a, you know, that was probably the best thing that ever happened to me, actually, you know, in those long, dark nights of true dreary studying in the stacks, in college and med school, that chip on my shoulder got me through a lot and power be through. And so I think that's a pretty important thing that happened to me.
Jodi KatzThere's so much pain, right? And loneliness in that story. Right? When you didn't make the team, right, because you're the only one. It makes me think of something that I experienced. That's definitely motivates me. I don't I don't know that's a chip on my shoulder. But I went to Lafayette College, a small college in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Jason DiamondI applied to Lafayette, I love Lafayette, I didn't go there. But I was at my one of my top three choices.
Jodi KatzSo you know, Greek life was so important. I get there freshman year, guess what? I don't get into any sororities. So it was like my entire reason for going there. And like the loneliness that I felt, yeah, and the sadness and not even really been able to admit truly like how sad and devastated I was. Because if I admitted that, then what like it was too painful. Yeah, it completely changed the trajectory of like, literally everything that came after it, because I had to figure it out in a way that no one no one else I knew how to like literally this, I didn't know what one other person this happened to. So I completely get it. I think that if you're somebody who can really listen to those inner voices and understand them, and you don't have to like them, but understand them, they can be incredibly powerful. And I totally am this person that I am today because of like, the loneliness and sadness and everything that came after that for me in college. So I appreciate that story. It's hard to say that like things weren't perfect, and they weren't using. They rarely are though.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah. And you're now as dad with kids, you know, you see these things like my kid, my 12 year old got cut from his travel baseball team. He's in seventh grade. And again, it was like, we were he was freaking out, I was freaking out. And I stepped back and said, Wait a second, this is probably a really good thing. And he can't see yet and he may not see it for five years. But he also was like, I'm gonna start taking hitting lessons. I'm gonna say, like, he's grinding now, too, he doesn't even realize, but it's probably the best thing that happened to him as well. Like you realize, you want an easy path, I think you think you want an easy path and you realize these bumps in the road, these can really shape who you are. And it's just a matter of, you know, being able to grind through those hard times. And then you really to those you really benefit from that down the road.
Jodi KatzThis is turning into a bit of a therapy session, I'm gonna go a little farther. I think that these moments create a like a heat and energy for ambition, right? When like, it doesn't work out the easy way. There's one direction I could go in, which is like, Fine, I'll just hide and not do anything and choose the easy path which has never played baseball again. Or it creates this fire and energy source that for me, made me like crazy ambitious. I don't know where it comes from. I'm just always like, I want better. I want different I want to push farther. And I think it's from these like awful situations that just like burn inside of me. Yeah.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, I agree. Totally. I agree with that.
Jodi KatzOkay, before we move ahead, we're getting a little deep. I want to shout out to Tammy on your team who is like literally so incredible. So I hope that she's listening because we appreciate her so much. What a gem to have on your team. She's so knowledgeable about you, like really, like just gave us like all the all the juicy details to be able to like inform our conversation today. And she's just seems so smart and lovely. So hi, Tammy, thank you for your help here today. Okay, let's talk about let's leave high school. Okay, you are you're a physician. Now, how did this happen? Like what what was the path that said to you like, Oh, my God, I totally want to be a doctor.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah. So so when I was in high school, as someone that I knew a friend of mine, he was involved in 10th grade 10th grade, he was involved in a car accident, and he got his face smashed up pretty good. And he was devastated at the trauma that it occurred and he thought like, no one would ever want to date him again, and he's going to hang out with him all these things. It's really devastating for him. And then he had some facial surgeries and reconstructive and cosmetic surgery to kind of repair things and to see the difference, and how that made him whole. Like bloomie Wagner even knew what this stuff was. So I was really blown away by how much he could change somebody's self esteem and restore them. So that made a big impression on me. And then the funny part of this is he would break like at the time this is 1987 There were no cell phones, people had Polaroids. So he had some Polaroid shots of this intra operative photos that the doctors took. With the skull, the scalp pulled down, you could see all the plates on the crack bones and the titanium mesh and all the blood. And he bring in the photos just do from time to time, and everybody would run for the hills. And during the photos, the girls would go around and go throw up with the guys. But I was obsessed with these photos. I'd taillight stare at him, I wanted to bring him in every day, I loved him. And so I just like had a weird obsession with it. It was so odd. So but that was my first like, even exposure into what this what this thing is this facial surgery world is. And then And then one other thing that occurred when I was a senior in high school, we had to go do what was called the senior project. Your senior year, they gave you a week to go spend time, anywhere you wanted with somebody in a field related to something you might be interested in. So I had an uncle who lived in Scarsdale, New York, who was a physician scarse was only an hour and a half driver, our tribe, whatever. And I had cousins that were around my age that that were there. And so I said, you know, I'm gonna go spend that week in Scarsdale. I'm going to tell everyone, it's because I want to go see what's like to be adopted. But really, I just wanted a free week to go scrub my cousins and run around Scarsdale and go to New York, go to the city and stuff. So I did I went and I said, so this is what I'm going to do just to have fun. And my uncle like two days, and we're scared to say why don't you come to work with me the next day. So I'm like, Alright, whatever. So I go to work with him. And he's gastroenterologist, he was wearing scrubs. And he was going from room to room and seeing people and go into a little procedures with scopes, he's looking down people's throats with scopes and doing whatever. And I was looking at going, that's really pretty cool. Not only is it pretty cool that he's not sitting at a desk in a shirt tie, he's like up on his feet, interacting with all these people I thought was so cool. But I also thought, You know what, I can do that. Because before that, I didn't know any doctors, none of my friends, parents were doctors, being a doctor wasn't something that was even on the radar for somebody from East Hanover, New Jersey, you know. And so I always thought that some you're born into that legacy somehow, or, you know, you have to be something from outer space to be adopted. But I'm like, I could do that, like, you know, and so the experience my friend with the car with the facial injury, and then this, I was like, Man, I think medicine might be something I want to do. So I go to college, and I take pre med and I'm kind of like how, you know, I always heard how hard it was. And again, I wasn't a big student at this time. I always heard how hard pre med was and how smart you had to be and all this stuff. So I said, Okay, I'm gonna do pre med, but I'm like, I'll probably just drop out of it and go into whatever else you know, but let me for a goof. Let me do it. And it turned out when I got to college, I became a student, I learned how to become a student, I was very interested in material I started studying, I started getting good grades. And then, you know, a year two years and I'm like, I'm pre med and I'm getting like a 3839. Like, I'm doing this, you know, and I applied to med school and I got in it's like, well, I'm in and then it just That's how one, you know, it just it wasn't something I knew from the beginning. It's sort of just sort of went.
Jodi KatzOkay, before we move on. Have you seen the kid in high school? Who got into a car accident? Who had facial surgery? Have you seen him since high school? No. Okay, so I want him to know how impactful he when he was on you. I hope he knows the story.
Dr. Jason DiamondIt would be good to talk to him. And I actually talk to somebody from the good old days about a month ago to ask, are you still into because this person was a friend of a friend of mine. That's how I knew he wasn't like my best friend, but friend of a friend. So I talked to that friend a month ago and said, Hey, have you kept in touch with Brian, I should tell him and she said No, I haven't talked to him today. So I don't know how to get in touch. And I was like, oh, because I was thinking just that I should call him and tell him like he's being reasonable in where I am today.
Jodi KatzYeah, well, maybe he'll hear this and get that message. Okay, so you, I'm going to fast forward a bit you have your like world not like rolled around, you are world renowned. You have people flying from all over the place to come see you and leverage your talents to help them in their lives. You are very media centric. And you know, certainly the expert that the media taps when they have questions about your space, you've launched skincare, a very smart brand name medicine, like that's I can't believe that nobody did that. That's so awesome. So now we're going to talk about a topic that's you know, maybe a little heavy, but I want to talk about success. The what's fascinating about the topic of success, to me is the seduction of it, meaning you reach a goal and that feels really good. And then you want to like keep pursuing. So that ambitious side that I talked about. But yet you know, I know you're a dad, I'm sure you have other passions in your life other than work. So let's explore this a little bit. It seems like you keep doing more and more and more in multiple time zones. What is that moment where you're feeling so seduced via that you have to ask yourself, should I be doing this? Is this where I want to put my time and then how do you manage that conversation with yourself?
Dr. Jason DiamondSo That's a great question. And that's the great juggling act and the great balancing act that I, you know, I don't know if there's a right answer for everybody. But I know there's a right answer for me. And I became aware of that when my kids were young. Okay. So, yeah, I was 100%. I mean, we're talking, I would travel on weekends just to go work in cadaver labs to do surgeries on cadavers with a friend of mine who had access to him just to practice me. I was obsessed, 100% all in the whole time. And then I had kids, and you know, the kids are young, and they're hanging around mom. And it doesn't really have much to do with me for the first few years. So I'm still doing that one day, I am getting a lecture together. So giving lectures and stuff, it was a Saturday, my kids were probably foreign to maybe five and three, I'm sitting on a Saturday, typing up this lecture that I had prepared for. And it was a beautiful Saturday and my kids are outside. Hey, Dad, can you can play ball man? Is it guys, I gotta do this thing, you know, and I'm sitting there all day long. And all of a sudden, like, what am I doing? I'm like, What am I doing this for? Is this for my own? 2am I lecturing for my own ego? I mean, is it? Am I doing this to get referrals? And what am I doing it for? And I typed this thing up, and I was so miserable the rest of the day, I went and gave that lecture. And I was gone for like three days, I think I missed a kidney game thinking some little T ball game or something. And I came home, I said, I'm never giving another lecture as long as I live, because I am not going to sit until my kids are out in college, because I'm not going to miss one more Saturday. And I'm not going to miss one more game to do something that like what am I doing it for? So that was my first realization like, Whoa, I need to start paying attention to this. And it didn't trickle over much into my work life for a few more years. It trickled into my weekend life and my lecture life and you, but I still was working crazy hours. And I mean, we still do work crazy hours, but I would still miss some games and I, you know, working I have someone come in and say okay. And then a few years after that, maybe the kids will probably eight and six or whatever. It finally dawned upon me, boom, I'm never missing another game. I'm not gonna say more games. I said, Tammy, I don't care if President Obama wants to come in for a consult. If there's a game you tell him, he's kind of wait. And I said just that, and I still live that to this day, I don't care who calls. If there's a game, I'm not missing it. So these things kind of keep piling up. And when I realized that he popped up when I realized how important they are to be there, right. And so as the years have gone by now, the kids are really doing stuff. I'm like, I will not miss anything. I won't even miss practices like 10 even notice even practices, I want to get to one time just to go watch, I'm like this is you know, we don't have short time with these kids. And this is the most important thing in the world. And so for me, that's kind of how I work is the kids are the most more than work is a close second. But I am not going to miss family events for work, not going to do it anymore. I've done it plenty in the past and not anymore. So that's kind of where I am. So it's a total balancing act. And I don't want to be that person that reaches the top and then turns around and their kids are gone. You missed their senior prom and you missed their you missed all their things. And I'll tell you, I'll tell you just another story. That's kind of interesting. I find it kind of funny. Last year, we had I make some private house calls to the Middle East and to other places. I mean, I used to go open up shop and all these places. I had an office in Dubai, Moscow all over the place trying to I don't do it anymore. I don't do but now I make. I still make private visits, people will call and I'll go I'll fly over to Saudi Arabia for a day and just do consults, do some Botox, maybe do a surgery here. They're like, I'll do that because I'm in and out in a day and I really don't even miss anything. We do it on a Sunday when there's nothing going on at home. I'm not missing any important. Okay, so we set up this trip. And you know, I'm not going to talk about the numbers, but they're significant for me to go, right. It's not nothing. And we had this plan for two months, probably. And there's a lot that goes into planning this because there's licensure things and you got to get ready your equipment and all these things. We plan for two months, about 10 days or a week before that trip about 10 attendees telling you to speed it up or something. About 10 days or a week before the trip. My wife says hey, by the way, I forgot to tell you, it's Jake who's my ninth grader. It's his prom Saturday night, and he's got a freshman football game. There wasn't supposed to be a football game. He plays high school football. There wasn't supposed to be a football game that weekend. I was gonna go on a Friday and Saturday that was supposed to be an off week because he was playing on the JV team. But that but she told me they're moving him down for the freshmen and so he can play. So all sudden, like I'm going to miss his first prom or he's going to have people over our house. I'm going to miss it. his freshman game. I said to me, Tom, I can't go. And she said, you're going to willing to give up this amount to go? And I said, Yeah. I said, yeah. So she called them and said, Listen, this is the deal. We didn't know. And they thankfully said, no problem. I understand because they had kids and they rescheduled. So luckily, I got to go three weeks later, so I like that. But I was like, even for something, you know, for a big well planned out trip, I wasn't gonna miss it for you know, because I didn't want to miss my kids stuff.
Jodi KatzThank you for sharing that. And, you know, being so open to pull the curtain back, because I think a lot of listeners might be like, No way like, this is all talk, right? Like, look at the practices, don't look at the reputation, there's no way he's saying no to these things. And I really connect with you on this. I'm not like world famous like you are, but you know, I have my family. And that's what's really important to me, I'd say like, My number one job is like learning how to be a whole human, the biggest impact of that is on my kids and my family. And then, you know, third level down is like at work, and I became an entrepreneur 16 years ago, before I was even ever pregnant, because I knew I wanted to be the mom the way I want to be a mom, and I wasn't gonna find that at these companies that I was working at. And I've built my business very slowly, sometimes with a baby in my arms or on my lap. But I can say that, like, I don't think there's anything that I missed that I wanted to be at, like ever so important. And the things that I do miss I'm choosing, I'm choosing to because like, you know, the the other thing is what I want to focus on right now, but I've been I've been in so many other places, and I've always been able to follow my heart, which is where my kids are. This is I know, our privilege opportunity. But it was also like a very specific strategic decision I made a long time ago, to really focus on my joy and my happiness and not while I want to follow my ego, sometimes I usually choose not to.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, I think that's, to me, that sounds like the best way to happiness. To me, I'm no expert in that. But you know what, I'm sure everybody's different, but with what they think is important. But I agree. I agree with Yeah, to me, that's the way to happiness.
Jodi KatzYeah, there's no right answer. I just knew that. Like, I had a really strong vision for what motherhood looked like for me not ever having kids before that, but I had an idea. But I didn't think that I'd have to give up other things for it. It's just about where the priority is. And always staying rooted in my joy, right? If I was whenever I was be obsessing of like, why am I working so hard? I'm not making enough money. Why am I working so hard? I'm not making enough money. That's not a joyful place. But once I realized, wow, I'm like wealthy and flexibility and wealthy and time, then I was like, Oh, this is working. Yeah. Great. Good for you. Oh, thank you. So let's talk about medicine a minute. Before we move to our after show, you didn't have to launch skincare brand, I'm sure the practice is doing just well. You're, you know, world renowned. People really respect your point of view. Why start something new now.
Dr. Jason DiamondSo as you know, I'm a facial plastic surgeon made my career and reputation based on my facelift results, my facial surgery results. But all along the way, I knew the importance of addressing the skin, doing a multi layered approach to facial surgery with the skin being a big part. And surgeons oftentimes neglect the skin because it's not our expertise and we don't learn it. But along my path where I was studying with experts before I started practice, this isn't this this isn't the site before I started, I just spent two years basically living out of my car, just studying with the top people in the world, the top nose surgeons, the top face of surgeons, the top implant surgeons, and I spent some time serendipitously with some skin doctors and I wasn't even there to learn about the skin. I was there to learn about silicone injections. It used to be a procedure where people would instead of film they would inject silicone. I don't do anymore. But it was fascinating to be back in the day. And I wanted to learn it because no one did it. There were one guy in New York, one guy in LA one guy in Canada like, so I want to so I spent some time with a guy in LA to learn that but just so happens he was a dermatologist and I spent a lot of time seeing how do you how do you address the skin on an expert level, which was much higher level than we'd learned as a facial surgeon. So at any rate, when I start my facial surgery practice, I incorporate that skin interest because you can do all you want underneath if the skin isn't in good health or good shape, the results will suffer. So over the years, I maintain that interest and we developed a procedure in the office called the diamond Insta facial and it was something that involves taking your blood and turning it into Plasma and using the bio regenerative methods to allow the body to heal itself to allow the skin to rejuvenate itself. And I found that these treatments were the best that I've ever seen for skin improvements. I fell in love with the procedure but the next thing you know and I didn't really do it For any bigger purpose than I just wanted to have something really good to offer my people. Next thing you know, it took off and it's become a cult Hollywood favorite. To this day, some of the biggest names in the world are coming in for that to keep their skin looking good. And people come from all over the world. We call it the Insta facial. So after we hold that, and I've been doing that for 1215 years now, we all want, we thought, let's try to replicate this for people who can't come into the office. And that was the motivation for creating medicine. And within medicine, we started with the Institute facial collection. And we spent years formulating these products to replicate as closely as possible the Insta facial results. So but that's why I started, I wanted to be able to offer to my patients who do an Insta facial, and then go on vacation for two years and can't get back. I want them to be able to maintain the results. And I wanted to be able to offer people who can't come in, I mean, a lot of the world cannot come and see me I get that. And so we want to be able to offer something that was, as you know, had medical grade results. And so that's what we did were it works amazingly well. The feedback is incredible. The result, my skin has never looked better. Everyone who uses this as it has never looked better. So, so we're very proud of but that's how that came about.
Jodi KatzWell, I'm so grateful that you shared this story, all these stories with us, Dr. Diamond, and I really appreciate your vulnerability. I think it's really important that as you all continue on our journeys, we get to hear the real stories, right, not just the polished ones that we might read about. So this wraps up our interview segment of the show. I want to thank you for your honest answers. Okay, last bit, we have a few minutes left for questions. You got a lot of questions here. I'm going to start with a like technical one based on your day job. Someone is asking about soft wave a new non surgical procedure. Do you see this taking off? And that's Tracy who asked?
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, we do. I do like software? That's a good it's a good as long as the settings are right. It's a good technology that's pretty safe and effective. Yeah.
Jodi KatzAlright, someone named th box is saying that in northern New Jersey years ago, there was a Dr. Diamond who is highly regarded for nose jobs is this person, a relative of yours is...
Dr. Jason DiamondNot a relative, I was asked that question every single day in my career for the first five or six years of practice, every single day. And I thought you know, let me just tell you, I knew the guy was my babysitter when I was when I was nine when Tim she was 17. I remember she came a week later to the cast on. I heard this guy who was nine years old. Yeah, he if you were 16 years old. In New York, he did your nose. But no, Howard diamond. No, I was I was not related. But I used to think me. I'll tell people and but I never did tell people that. But then after 2005 I think I I stopped getting that question. I haven't heard that question since like 2005.
Jodi KatzOkay, so this is a throwback question. I love that. Okay, so how do I fix my knee? How do I fix my newly single dads rooster neck, it really bothers him. This is Linda asking.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, that so that there are many different ways to fix laxity in the neck. And the double chin area totally depends on the age totally depends on what the anatomy is that is responsible for the appearance you don't like. Sometimes it's just fat, and you can liposuction it. But if it's not fat, then liposuction would make it worse. And so in which case you need to tighten the muscles and remove some skin. Sometimes you just need to tighten the skin with laser technologies. Totally depends. It's a matter of assessing that person individually.
Jodi KatzDad really needs to want to fix that. It can't be daughter's passion, right? Yeah. Oh, for sure. It needs to be really about what Dad wants. Yeah, here. Okay. Morpheus versus a couple of micro needling treatments, which is better Chino's asking?
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, that also depends on the actual person, they both have benefits. I use them both. I use Morpheus, which is has needles, it's sort of is like a, like a needling treatment of sorts. But micro needling with somebody's plasma has a whole series of other benefits. So I use them both oftentimes interchanged sometimes I do one and a month later do another depends on what we're trying to fix. I wish I could answer the question. Just point blank is the answer, but it depends on the person.
Jodi KatzOkay, let's and Let's end our question or q&a session with something not actually practical about your day job, but something really important time management. So somebody here is asking advice for time management. So you've already talked about how you prioritize, but you know, those emails pile up? I don't know if you use slack in your office to text messages roll in. You have to be somewhere a crack of dawn get home late at night. The managing stress aspect of this is probably really important. You know, do you have a few tips of things that have been working for you as your workdays get more complicated and the needs of your kids to get great error.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, I think that dealing with your, your stress level and your mental state, I think it's not only an important endeavor, I think it's a daily endeavor that you have to, you have to undertake. You have to guard your, your sanity by the day by the hour by the minute. And so I work really hard at it. So I have a, I have a very strict regimen, you know that some protocols that I follow, which involves getting up in the morning, hopping right in the cold punch 44 degrees, going right from there to work out, work out to the sauna, sauna, to making my protein smoothie, getting ready for work, coming in working, getting home, in being engaged with the kids. There's meditation involved in there when I can break work tournaments and meditate. So I work really hard at doing all these things for health and wellness. Because I find that it's extremely important, especially as you get older, and it just makes your quality of life better. So I think you have to be strict. I think you have to battle you know, ages battle or fight you every day, you have to be sort have to fight every day, but physically mentally to keep yourself maximized. And it's it's not easy, and it's hard work, but the work is well worth it.
Jodi KatzRight. It's almost like you have to be a warrior to protect your serenity. Right?
Dr. Jason Diamond100% 100%.That's a good way to put it.
Jodi KatzIt's really not easy just like running a baseball team.
Dr. Jason DiamondIt is not easy. It is a daily battle, you cannot rest on your laurels with that not even for a day, you can take a day off, I don't think like you every day, you know, that's how I feel about it.
Jodi KatzSo yeah, last week, my dog leave a puppy. She was sick, and she's on medicine. So like, it messed up her, you know, like, system and she's waking up and like in the middle of the night, she had to go outside and all this stuff. So for like one whole week, almost two weeks, I had like no nights of sleep and like sleep. I think the most important thing for me, I love it, I value it. I was a mess. Because I didn't get enough sleep right consistently sleep all through the night. And I was so irritable. I would therefore then I was eating differently, therefore then I was feeling worse. Yeah. And like I didn't even like want to talk to anybody in my household because there's so angry at this dog, not her fault. But it's just really, really frustrated. I actually like went to my mother in law's she's in Florida for the winter just to sleep in a quiet place with no dogs. Like no other people. Because I just was so desperate for sleep, but like, just not having enough straight through sleep like sent me like, into a complete tailspin. Right, like, I needed to protect it and leave my house and to get a good night's sleep.
Dr. Jason DiamondYeah, well, that's part of it. I mean, I feel the same way when I travel. And I get off my diet. I mean, I've gone for three days off my diet, and I'm just like, what, I gotta get back to the grind. Like, yeah, I can't let my guard down for a minute. You know, but when I'm on my groove, and I'm Yeah, I feel like what I tell everybody for me, and this is for me, I feel like I don't want to. I'm like a Ferrari. You give me a, you give me a smooth road. I will fly at high performance. But you put bumps in the road. I'm not good with bumps in the road. I'm not like a cheap, you know, but you give me that flow. You give me that smooth and that smooth road involves meditating and sauna and Koblenz and diet and exercise. And that's my smooth road. I'm a Ferrari, I can go high performance faster than anybody.
Jodi KatzI love it. And thank you for sharing all this with us. Dr. Diamond. You were our 240/7 episode. So thank you and you're the last one of the year of our health theme. So thank you so much for being part of our show. My pleasure. And thank you for all of our listeners. If you'd like this episode, please rate and review. And as always, make sure you're following us on your favorite podcast platform and Instagram to stay up to date on upcoming episodes. And all the fun we have along the way. Peace out Dr. Diamond. Thanks for your time. Thank you Tammy.
Dr. Jason DiamondYou're welcome. So nice to see you.
Jodi KatzThanks for tuning in. See ya.
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