IN a female-dominated field, a man stands out from the rest. Not because of his gender, but because of his expertise, dedication to his profession and commitment to his clients.
Dr. Manny Calayan, founder of the Calayan Surgicentre Corporation and renowned beauty doctor to the stars, hails from a family of doctors and literally grew up in the hospital. Despite being a man, Dr. Calayan chose to go into cosmetic surgery because he truly wanted to make people become more beautiful and boost their self-esteem. A more practical reason was because dermatology is an elective medicine, meaning there are no emergency cases which in turn means more time for himself and his family.
Despite the difficulties he experienced while studying, including getting married during his second year in medicine proper and his wife's inevitable pregnancy, Dr. Manny put his mind and heart into becoming a cosmetic surgeon and survived by stretching his resources.
Today, Calayan is a trusted name in dermatology and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Manny and wife Dr. Pie's clinics in the country are doing very well because of their world-class excellent treatments. Their branch in Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are prospering as well. Plans for opening branches in other parts of the world are under way. Together, the couple introduced to the country the Epilyt Hair Removal System, Hydroxygen facialift, 24K gold facial, Tenor laser, non-laser hair removal, and Pixel Laser, among Calayan's wide range of surgical and non-surgical dermatological services.
Contrary to popular belief, there are more male dermatologists than females. Dermatology has only had an increase in the number of women practitioners in the last few years. But, clients nowadays choose female dermatologists over males.
This is not the case with Dr. Calayan, who is probably the most-sought after male cosmetic surgeon in the country. Dr. Manny personally attends to the skin care needs of popular personalities from showbusiness, politics, media, among others. He says that his devotion to his profession, being truthful and down-to-earth, and patience and perseverance are his secrets to success.
Of course, Dr. Manny considers Dr. Pie his lucky charm. They have been through a lot together.
"We help each other in everything," the proud husband says.
Dr. Manny, who never thought of having another career, finds fulfillment in having satisfied clients who recommend Calayan to their family and friends. He admits that their best advertising is word of mouth.
However, he admits that word of mouth can also ruin his career.
"I cannot escape intrigues. Rumors spread like fire. Sometimes I hear unethical issues about my job from my colleagues and it saddens me," says the pioneer of Smartlipo and Vaserlipo in the Philippines, two revolutionary fat removal procedures that are safe alternatives to traditional liposuction.
A person who loves challenges, Dr. Manny is constantly upgrading Calayan's services and offering his loyal clients the latest technology in the beauty industry. Recently, the company has ventured in an ISO-certified manufacturing plant that creates world-class beauty products that everyone can afford.