Aesthetic practitioner Dr Manav Bawa describes his typical working day and how excited he was to win his first Aesthetics Award
A typical working day…
Since reading the book The 5am Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life by Robin Sharma last year in order to work on my wellness, I try my best to wake up early each morning, at around 5-5:30am. During this time, I will try to do some yoga and meditation, as this is the only opportunity I have to myself before the children wake up. After this time, it gets a bit crazy! I will have either porridge or eggs for breakfast before heading to the clinic.
My week is varied, and I split my time between my own clinic Time Clinic Medical Aesthetics and Wellness in Essex, PHI Clinic with Dr Tapan Patel, or teaching as an injectable trainer at Medical and Aesthetics Training Academy (MATA) which both take place in Harley Street. If I am working at my clinic, I will usually begin at 9-9:30am. I would love to have a cup of tea before I start seeing patients, but I usually don’t have enough time for this! I see patients back-to-back until 1pm-2pm, where I try to grab a quick lunch. I can see up to 15 patients a day, with 45-minute consultations as some treatments are combination or multi-syringe which can take time. I like to provide dedicated time to my patients to ensure they receive the best care possible.
Typically, I finish work between 5pm-6pm, unless it’s a Monday when I finish at 8pm. However, as many healthcare professionals and business owners know, it doesn’t stop there! After work, I like to spend time with my family and once the children are asleep, my wife Yogeeta and I use the time to catch up on the day and settle down to a good TV show such as The Apprentice, although we have got into audio books at the moment too! We are particularly enjoying the new Will Smith autobiography.
Other work commitments…
Last year, I became an Allergan Faculty member which is extremely exciting! In this role, I hope to train fellow healthcare professionals in injectable treatments in a range of advanced procedures, including non-surgical rhinoplasty and tear troughs. I am also on the Save Face Advisory Board with the aim of promoting safety in the industry, which is something I feel strongly about, especially in an unregulated industry such as aesthetics.
My role with MATA is also something I am proud of! I teach the V300 Nurse Prescribing course along with other injectable courses every month. Through this role, I enjoy teaching delegates facial anatomy, advanced botulinum toxin and dermal filler procedures and teach about the range of drugs that they will be able to prescribe on completion of the training and what they can be used for. This course allows delegates to become an independent nurse prescriber by the end.
I find this a rewarding role as it enables me to pass on my own knowledge and to meet other practitioners who are practising aesthetics and hear about their personal experiences.
As well as being an injectables trainer, I also train GPs in minor surgery and joint injections on behalf of MATA for the Royal College of General Practitioners, which keeps my working life varied and enables me to enhance education within aesthetics.
Most memorable day...
My most memorable day was 100% when when I won The AlumierMD Award for Rising Star of the Year at this year’s Aesthetics Awards on March 12. It still hasn’t sunk in yet that I have won! Winning this Award was a huge achievement for me as the Finalists in this category are all great at their work, so it was a privilege to win.
As this is my first Aesthetics Awards win, it feels even more special as these Awards are the most well-recognised throughout the industry and to have one to bring back to Essex with me feels like an honour.
The evening was amazing, everyone was in high spirits, and it was great to see the aesthetic specialty reunited once again under one roof to celebrate the achievements over the past year.
I can’t wait to see what the future brings as there is still so much I would love to achieve in the next few years.
Career if you weren’t in aesthetics...
Acting! My little secret is that I was in a film called Happy Retirement a few years ago, so I’m officially on the IMDB database.
I am a big football and cricket fan, so I enjoy watching games and attempting to play once in a blue moon!
I’ve just finished Can’t Hurt Us by David Goggins. What a phenomenal and inspiring book, I recommend to all.
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