Nearly 20 years ago, I was exploring different ways to expand or enhance my career and I attended a conference on medical aesthetics. As a physician and scientist, I framed this type of work like just another medical procedure. It was a nice addition to my practice but I kept it very two-dimensional.
I simply considered my work as a creative twist to a cool science experiment — like the discovery of the cosmetic benefits of a glaucoma eye drop that helped eyelashes grow longer and thicker (Latisse®).
My perspective started to evolve when I met a nurse injector, J. Nielson (now a DNP!). She had the vision, the passion and the confidence to present herself as an artist. She constantly referred to her work as her art. She owned the artistic perspective like no one else I knew.