Meet The Expert – Nicola Lowrey PA-C, M.P.A.P.

Nicola-Lowrey-PAC-M.P.A.P.Meet The Expert at Skin 365 – Nicola Lowrey PA-C, M.P.A.P recently celebrated her one year anniversary with Skin 365 but she has been providing expert aesthetic services for many years.  Enjoy getting to know Nicola a little better with a few questions we asked her…

Why and how did you get into the field of aesthetic medicine?

I remember I was in my second year of my PA Program at USC when a teacher of ours who worked in Dermatology/Aesthetics offered to do a “botox party” for our study group.  I was 27 years old and didn’t really have any real wrinkles yet, but I was very curious.  I loved the results.  It lifted my eyebrows and relaxed my frown/furrow making my eyes seem more open and wider. I also thought that it made sense how the product could prevent wrinkles from forming over time.  I knew that when I graduated and could start practicing medicine, that I would somehow incorporate aesthetic injectables into my career.

My first professional job as a Physician Assistant was in the Emergency Room.  It was there that I learned how to perform many procedures, including complex, detailed facial laceration repairs.  I spent many hours along side plastic surgeons and studied their techniques with great interest.  I had found that I loved the hands on procedure work that we are able to perform.  Because of my passion for it, I became very good at it.  I remember that I became the “go to seamstress” for the most complicated cases; no one else wanted to do them.  It was too much responsibility.  After all, a lip laceration that is repaired even 1 millimeter off can leave the patient with a horrible cosmetic outcome.  It was so fulfilling to be able to help these people and give them beautiful results.

Finally after a couple of years had passed and my career was off to a running start, I was able to get certified in aesthetic injectable procedures.  It really has become my creative outlet for my career.  I enjoy the procedural aspect, I love the social aspect and it’s such an amazing, growing field of medicine. I have injected now for over 10 years.  There is always something new coming out. There is always more to learn.  I love it!

What is your favorite skin care product and why?
 
I was introduced to the Environ line of products when I came to Skin 365 over a year ago.  I LOVE it.  I won’t put anything else on my skin.  I have also become obsessed with the Two Tone Umbrella tinted spf cc cream.  I wear it daily. I am prone to break outs and this offers a nice amount of natural looking coverage yet doesn’t clog my pores.  The sunscreen is a double bonus.
 

Have you experienced personal, career or client transformation? If so – please share.

My favorite client transformation story happened a few years ago.  A new client came in for a consultation.  She was a widow, who’s husband had never allowed her to look into cosmetic injections.  She worked as a librarian in a local elementary school.  She confided in me that she felt as though the children were scared of her.  She had heard that the kids called her a witch behind her back and they all seemed very apprehensive about getting close to her.  This broke her heart.  She loved the kids and she desperately wanted to soften her look so that she could become more approachable.  She was a very sweet, gentle and kind woman.  Her outside appearance, with her deep brow furrow and down sloping mouth, made her seem angry and aggressive.  The opposite couldn’t be more true. We did a series of Botox injections to soften her lines between her brows and we used filler to soften and shift her mouth into a more pleasant shape. I also gave her a little bit of make-up and hair advice to complete her look. About a year after she started coming to see me, this woman was a different person.  Her confidence soared.  She had started dating.  She was enjoying her job more than ever, and the kids did respond! She said that she was getting more smiles from random strangers.  It was so very touching.  Now the inside matched the outside, she said.  I couldn’t have felt more valuable or proud for the part I played in helping this woman feel better in her own skin.

How do you embrace the Skin 365 core values?

Skin 365 is dedicated to providing our clients with quality in everything we do.  We strive for safety, injectable expertise, patient education and superior outcomes.

The core values of this wonderful office are what attracted me to it in the first place.  I remember first meeting JoLyn, about 8 years ago, at an injector training held in this office.  I heard about a master injector forum that she was a part of.  I was so impressed and wanted to be a part of this group of amazing experts.  In order to be the best, you can never be complacent with the status quo.  You must strive to hone your skills and learn the new techniques that are coming out.  You must understand the anatomy of the face and how the aging process works.  We have the most amazing opportunities here to create the safest, most informative and excellent results for our clients..  

Its a wonderful feeling being aligned with your work peers.  That’s where the magic is created.  We are all on the same page.

What is your favorite quote?

I don’t have just one!  Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. ~Joseph Campbell

Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.  Its about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.  ~Brene Brown

Go fast enough to get there, but slow enough to see. ~Jimmy Buffet

Its a funny thing coming home after a long run.  Nothing changes.  Everything looks the same.  Feels the same, even smells the same.  You realize what’s changed, is you. ~ George Sheehan.

  

What advice do you have for women who fear getting older?

Age is an issue of mind over matter.  if you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.~Mark Twain 🙂

(And who has to mind??? Look as old as you feel…come see us! lol)