Carl Clarke Aesthetics: Changing Faces, Changing Lives
By Ilija Sekulovski
Carl Clarke, who owns and operates Carl Clarke Aesthetics, is changing the way women see themselves. He’s doing this through non-surgical, non-invasive procedures, such as botox and dysport.
Carl Clarke, RPA-c
Carl Clarke is a board-certified physician assistant who has devoted himself to the art of aesthetic medicine, reversal of the aging body and holistic body health for several years. He has a solid background training in medical school, where he dedicated himself to optimizing patient outcome and formulating precise treatment protocols/plans to provide patients with the best aesthetic medical treatment available.
His medical training is further enhanced by his 12-year experience working in orthopedics, Neurology and Family practice medicine, hand and cosmetic surgery in New York City. His accomplishments have been recognized by his peers and since 2011 has been a trainer and speaker for one of the larger aesthetic drug companies in the US.
We asked Carl what got him interested in this field – and why he does what he does.
“I grew up in Barbados, and I spent a lot of time with my mother. I was a completely mommy’s boy. A lot of the time I spent with her was spent in the salon, so I grew up listening to women talk about themselves, and talk about their bodies. There was never a woman who didn’t want to change something, and I picked up on that very early on.
I also was very interested in medicine. I excelled through school, and when it came time to pick a profession, I realized this was perfect for me.”
Carl tells us that you don’t need a medical degree to provide aesthetic services such as botox, which has left the market oversaturated with practitioners that aren’t using the best products, or the best techniques. In his aesthetic spa, Carl refuses to carry anything but the latest FDA approved fillers – such as restylane, perlane and juverderm.
“There’s more than ten different products on the market, but you have to realize not everything will work for every patient. Each case is unique, each person is unique, and you need to have the knowledge and experience to pick something that works perfectly for each new person.”
An example of botox before and after’s
Carl believes that without the proper training and experience, it’s impossible to be a successful aesthetician, and give great results.
“It’s an art – I consider myself an artist. You’re sculpting faces, and helping someone look how they truly want to. It’s a joy to be able to help them achieve the look they desire.”
Because of this, he’s also an aesthetic trainer – teaching the art of his procedures to others wanting to learn.
If you’re a fan of the Kardashians (we won’t judge) you might remember Kim’s “vampire facial.” This facial is one of many skin care procedures offered at Carl Clarke Aesthetics.
“What you’re doing is, you’re using your own body’s cells. You draw your own blood and platelets, and infuse them into your skin – which boosts the skins collagen production, and boosts the immune system. While it’s not gaining popularity, it’s been known for well over 50 years that using the body’s own cells can stimulate new collagen growth.”
Carl offers many other procedures that improve skin, such as facial peels, skin tightening, collagen induction therapy, and laser treatments.
Carl says he absolutely loves his job – especially because of the reaction from his clients.
“You realize that you’re carving from the inside out – you’re restoring someone’s beauty. Sometimes you’re changing something they’ve had their whole life that they don’t like. Sometimes you’re helping with scars that they’ve had for a long time. It really is something life changing. There’s a huge psychological factor – there’s relief that comes from feeling your best, or from not having people ask why you look tired all the time.”
Before and After Carl’s hyper-pigmentation treatment
For many that fear permanent solutions, Carl says aesthetic procedures are perfect. All the products he uses are temporary – from 6 months to a year.
“From age 25 to 30, we lose fat and muscle mass in the face. What this means is that your face and your skin change, so a product that lasts for 10 years won’t match your face after a while. It’s important that what you’re using is the best thing for your face at that time.”
Carl operates his office right here in Astoria – where it’s been for the past 15 years.
“We’ve had offers to move to Manhattan many times over the years, but the people in Astoria are just different. It’s our home, and I don’t think we’ll ever leave. We love it here too much!”
So, if you’re interested in changing your appearance – or maybe just restoring it back a few years, Carl Clarke is your man.
Carl Clarke Aesthetics
Astoria, NY 11106