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Women in Aesthetics: Sheila Barbarino, MD: Rising to the Challenge

By Informa Admin posted Dec 06, 2022 06:08 PM

Cosmetic surgeon Sheila Barabarino, MD, is a world-renowned lecturer and key opinion leader in the medical aesthetic space, so it may come as a surprise to learn she once dreaded standing in front of a crowd.

“I used to have an extreme fear of public speaking,” she admitted. Not only has she overcome this fear, but she now looks forward to opportunities to share her expertise. “I really enjoy speaking to my colleagues about what I know and what I have seen in my practice.”

Dr. Barbarino believes that her willingness to share what she has observed in her years of practice is one of her greatest strengths. “The most courageous thing I have ever done is stand by my thoughts on products and my publications,” she said. “It is easy to go along with what everyone else says in aesthetics, but it is so important to share your real experience. Nine times out of ten, other practitioners feel the same way, but are too scared to give their real opinion.”

The Female Perspective

Going against the grain is not always easy, but years of education and training in a male-dominated field has taught Dr. Barbarino that it is better to face obstacles head-on. “Being a woman in medicine has made me more resilient and able to rise to the challenge,” she explained. “I have often come across male colleagues who expect me to be unreliable, undependable and to always make excuses for my short comings. So, I have made a conscious effort to be better than anyone could ever expect – and to do it with a smile. I always say, “Kill them with kindness; they will regret their small mindedness.”

This small mindedness has manifested in many ways throughout her career, according to Dr. Barbarino. One primary example: many peers are surprised when she reveals the secret to her success is work, work – and more work.

This is a sample article from The Aesthetic Guide.

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