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Zoe Arscott marries medicine, beauty

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:08 AMRocheda Bartley/ Lifestyle Writer

 

Coming from humble beginnings and being part of a medical family, it was no surprise that Zoe Arscott would have submerged herself into a world of therapeutic healing.

With her mother being a general practitioner and her father a plastic surgeon, she was inspired to explore the remedial realm, while of course, adding her own unique touch to the game. Now, she's a stellar medical aesthetician, marrying medicine with beauty while at the same time, aspiring to spark a revolution in Jamaica.

The warm hearted go-getter, is not the usual medical aesthetician; in fact, she is the only one in Jamaica. Initially, she eagerly wanted to complement the services her father offers. But a growing passion for helping others, pushed the University of the West Indies (UWI) and London Metropolitan University graduate further. It compelled her to work tirelessly to become the hybrid medical practitioner she is.

At eMed Spa, a health dome in Kingston, is where you'll find Arscott, relentlessly working to give her patients hope for a brighter day. Knowing first hand of the sentimental wounds that accompany scars, she is determined to assist others to get on track and stay the road to recovery.

Aside from being a super mom for her two daughters, this is what she does best. Administering pain free non-invasive procedures are what usually gets the job done at Arscott's office. Chronic pain and recurring skin disorders, are some of life's hassles that she targets, as well as cosmetic procedures.

"When I was seven years old, I met in a car accident and I fractured my skull, which left a scar that reflects a big chop on my forehead. This caused me to become very self conscious and shy. I was like this for years and it kept me shadowing my brother. I want persons to know that they don't have to be like I was. And I will make that change for them," Arscott explained to Outlook.

DIFFERENT SIDES OF ZOE

With a bubbling personality, firm drive to excel, and a holistic approach to maintaining one's health, she tried her hands at many other pursuits before finally settling with the aesthetics.

"My greatest accomplishment is stepping into this evolving field. This is completely new, not just for me, but also for my country. It wasn't around when I was in high school and starting out was scary, especially since I am representing medical giants. But now I love it. I know that I have changed people. I have seen how their confidence heightened over time with their treatments and that's what matters," she said with a smile.

The ardent nutrition coach, former yoga instructor and microneedling expert, focuses on living life to its fullest. She believes that flaws should not be deterrents for leading happy and wholesome lives.

OBSTACLES IN HER WAY

In spite of the benefits that many persons are reaping from the fresh corrective method that Arscott has introduced to Jamaica, she laments the challenges she's encountered.

Similar to other entrepreneurial pursuits, Arscott explained to Outlook, that she has endured bouts of financial barriers, which build higher barricades that hamper her efforts to import the necessary machines and equipment she needs to operate optimally. But she is however, determined to rise above it all. Finding qualified staff here is also difficult. Since it's a modern profession, Arscott has to devote herself to personally training her team.

But that's not all.

"Entering the medical field without having gone to medical school, is a bigger challenge. Those who did, have doubts about me as a medical aesthetician. So, I have to prove myself to them," Arscott said.

And she is doing just that. She wants all to know that she is ready with open arms to assist them.

"There's nothing wrong with wanting to be beautiful. So, for the woman troubled by facial hair and defined tweezer marks, there is help for you. It doesn't matter what your skin condition is, always remember that there is someone here wanting to make things better," she advised.

rocheda.bartley@gleanerjm.com