Feb 17, 2022
Dr. Anthony Youn is a plastic surgeon, bestselling author, and
transformation expert who has become a social media sensation
building an audience of millions of followers across YouTube,
Instagram and TikTok. He joins the show to discuss how to take care
of your skin and what you can do to turn back the clock.
- [7:20] Dr. Youn re-invented himself during the pandemic as he
found himself having to close his office and not having patients to
take care of. He started creating entertaining and educational
videos on YouTube, Instagram and TikTok.
- [8:21] Dr. Youn likes the fact that he can treat 20 people in
his office in a day, but that he can also help 500,000 people on
- [11:03] When it comes to the fight against aging, Dr. Youn
recommends eating real food, using clean skincare, and looking at
actual plastic surgery only as a last resort. As far as best diets
for the skin, there isn’t a particular one Dr. Youn recommends
following – it’s about consuming what’s best for your body in
- [11:31] There are a few things Dr. Youn suggests everyone does
to take good care of their skin and to help turn back the clock:
using Retinol or a good anti-aging cream at night, using an
anti-austerity serum every morning, and using a sunscreen of at
least SPF 30.
- [13:32] Dr. Youn and his team conducted a test that consisted
of them applying simple skin care cream two minutes in the morning
and two minutes at night for two months. They found that the
participants of this experiment looked about five years
- [13:54] Here’s what you could do in the morning to be ahead
compared to 90% of people: cleanse your skin in the morning, apply
an antioxidant serum – like a vitamin C serum after that, and apply
sunscreen last. A toner or a moisturizer aren’t necessarily
- [14:16] At night, it’s important to cleanse your skin to get
rid of the day’s worth of grime, oil, makeup, and pollution. After
that, you want to apply Retinol or another anti-aging cream.
- [14:47] Remember: moisturizers aren’t truly anti-aging, they’re
just for comforting and hydrating your skin.
- [15:50] When it comes to seeking and undergoing plastic
surgery, it’s important to keep in mind that you have options. If
you’re looking at little downtime and not as much cost, for
instance, there’s IPL (Intense-Pulse Light). It’s a great way to
get rid of spots caused by the sun. Looking for an overall
anti-aging treatment? Then, Microneedling is worth looking into. As
Dr. Youn puts it ‘You don’t have to undergo surgery with an
expensive laser with a 10-14 day downtime to look and feel younger
– you have so many options these days.’
- [18:09] When it comes to the online and medical spaces, there
are a couple of things that have left Dr. Youn appalled. The first
one concerns people who perform surgical procedures in hotel rooms
or other locations, and they do so even if they aren’t doctors.
Thankfully, these fake doctors, who have also caused some people to
die, are being arrested and put in prison. The second phenomenon
discussed by Dr. Youn are some doctors who have the tendency to add
surgery after surgery, and have operations lasting eight, ten or
even more hours. This is a situation that is starting to become
- [19:40] In his approach, Dr. Youn has limited any operation to
about five hours because, as he says, safety has to be the top
- [20:31] There are different categories of anti-aging
ingredients that are most commonly used when it comes to skin care.
There are retinoids – derivatives of vitamin A – for example, and
there are growth-factor based creams or peptides.
- [22:55] One thing that’s important for you to remember is to
try to identify and avoid triggers. For some people this could be
heat, for others alcohol, or coffee. Everybody is different.
- [23:59] People can get overgrowth of bad bacteria on your skin,
just like they would get it in their gut.
- [27:19] As far as antibiotics are concerned, Dr. Youn
acknowledges that there’s a challenge plastic surgeons face when it
comes to their risk-benefit ratio of their operations. In some
cases, antibiotics are overprescribed. But it’s important to be
aware of the fact that antibiotics aren’t found only in the medical
space. Research in the food service industry, for instance, has
found that there can be antibiotics as high as 70% in food given to
- [29:45] Some facts about Dr. Youn: fat injections, fat and back
grafting are among his favorite surgical procedures. He enjoys
smoothie bowls, a glass of wine here and there, and a beer once
every few months. He plays tennis and is a huge fan of yoga. In his
downtime, he enjoys doing creative work like writing and
brainstorming video ideas. As for sex, he considers himself a
traditionalist, picking missionary as his favorite sexual
Mentioned in this Episode:
@tonyyounmd on YouTube
@tonyyounmd on Instagram
Dr Youn’s books
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