Dr. Paul Nassif donating masks, doing virtual consultations amid coronavirus pandemic
Dr. Paul Nassif is doing his part to stop the coronavirus from botching up the world.
The celebrity plastic surgeon, 57, is using the first downtime he’s had in his 35-year career to help other medical professionals as well as his family and patients.
Nassif has teamed up with The Mask Movement, an organization that donates masks to healthcare providers at NYU Langone Health in Brooklyn and Loma Linda University Medical Center in California.
He is also including a mask for personal use with any purchase from his skincare line. Nassif estimates that they have already made over 20,000 masks.
“The whole goal is even though they’re not medical grade — the point is they’re something,” Nassif told Page Six on Monday. “It helps. It’s better than nothing, covering up…It’s some protection. Obviously, it’s not like a very properly well grade PPE, the protective equipment, a great, great mask. But at least, you know, it’s something.”
The newlywed is sharing his message from home where he is recording videos on how to properly use the mask.
And, while Nassif can’t perform any procedures currently, he is taking virtual consults to check-in with old patients and schedule new surgeries.
“We’re seeing our post-op patients from all over the world,” he said. “And plus, when you talk to them about the surgeries that they’ve had, then you’re also talking about how are they doing. Every patient I’ve spoken to…it’s all, in general, the same story. Everything is closed. They’re staying home. They’re hanging out with their family.”
“Since everyone’s home and nothing is being done, I’m sure the Medspa that I have will be very, very busy with HydraFacials and Botox and fillers,” he added. “I’m just saying, in general, people are going to want to go out and have a nice facial. They’re going to want to go out and do something for themselves once they can get out safely.”
“In regards to facial surgery…our facelift and eyelid consults have gone up dramatically,” he said, joking that it could be because “patients are home and…have time to think about these things.”
For patients that are itching to get their faces injected again, Nassif preaches the importance of great skincare in the interim. He recommends face masks such as his charcoal peel-off mask and detox pads such as his complexion-perfecting pads.
But that’s not the most important thing that a patient could be doing for themselves, according to Nassif.
“Stay hydrated. Make sure you’re wearing some protection. Do weekly masks, exfoliating masks. Keep your skin hydrated. And the biggest thing is, keep that social distancing going on,” he explained.
And while patients are practicing social distancing at home, they can watch him and Dr. Terry Dubrow when “Botched” returns to E! on April 13 for a new season.
“What’s great about this season [is that] there are some interesting stories that go beyond the basic, you know, big breast, messed up butt from something injected into it or a destroyed nose,” Nassif tells Page Six. “There are a lot more human interest stories. These are stories that people can learn from.”
“We show some more complicated cases,” he continues. “We show problems with fillers that were injected into the nose and the complications that caused. We show dog bites to the nose and the face and the reconstruction. There are some interesting stories, but they’re more of learning lessons.”
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