Who are they?

Gerard Guidi
Director – Founder of “Centre de Chirurgie Esthétique de l’Océan Indien”

Team spirit

He was called “the little one.” Perhaps because it was often the smallest in his class or In his rugby team. Maybe that’s why he always wanted to go a little further than the others, to be a little taller.

He has always been active. He fought not to stay in school, to begin his apprenticeship at fourteen years, in the hairdressing salon of his father. He wanted to integrate active life as quickly as possible. In some situations, he has some regrets. But he has always compensated for his lack of schooling by many readings, by hours spent on the internet. It seems that you can find everything you need to know. This action he also found in rugby. Ah, rugby … A passion that came at his young age. His parents brought him to the stadium while he was still a baby. He joined the first division team at the age of sixteen. Subsequently the France junior team, military, hopes and B. He even brandished Brennus’ shield, with his friends, forty years ago. Rugby has taught him everything. The value of the effort, to overwhelming himself, the irreplaceable power of the team, the strengths of speed, how to invest 200%, and the taste for victory, of course.

When he had to leave the lawn, he began to train others. The school of rugby is the school of life. But he needed to realize, to succeed in challenges. He always needed to prove that he could succeed. What he wanted the most was to help others and to style people was not enough. This is how “Coiffeurs Sans Frontières” and “Formation sans Frontières” were born.

“We took care of the homeless kids in Madagascar. They were given a bath, they were dressed and combed. We sponsored two schools, three hundred children and the rugby school. The trainees came back changed both personally and professionally. As in rugby, these intense moments of sharing remain memorable souvenir for life. To see the kids happy after that was the most beautiful reward. But years has passed and sometimes they take away their hair, and while losing their hair they lose trust, feel bad and be afraid of the illusions that youth never ends. Not to be able to look in a mirror. This is how the great adventure of the Aesthetic Center of the Indian Ocean began. The values ​​of his sport of predilection found their full justification: the team, the ultimate performance, the speed, the respect of the other. It could have been simple words. Not in the Center.

Respect others starts from understanding them. Understand how it hurts when you are not having the body you dream of. To see the changes little by little, without being able to do anything about it. To see his anguish reflected in the way others look at us. To shut oneself up, not to dare to do anything because they no longer dare to look at each other. Respect for others requires continuous listening to their fears, their needs. It means offering the most effective and innovative care. It takes him less time. This means offering painless interventions, limiting the pain to the maximum when it is not preventable. Providing you with the most beautiful and relaxing setting possible, an unforgettable experience, the most pleasant one you can imagine. The patient will be able to return to work in a few days, or even hours, without any noticeable change. Let him be encourage by the surprise of his friends and relative to find him suddenly radiant and at last happy. Let him go home without any scars. Just with a smile, and he only has to worry about his rebirth, his new life. A life where he will no longer be limited by his doubts, his fears.

Performance is the continuous search for the best innovations. Those that will help the patient, which will eradicate the inconvenience associated with the intervention. He is not a doctor. He is only a curious insatiable, open to everything, from the moment when the benefit is proved. Our structure is a training center for practitioners from all over the world. Our experts are in permanent formation, and participate in world-class conferences. Training, for us, is not a meaningless word. It must be as technical as human. For there is no professional progress without human progress.

These are the values we defend.

Thanks to Gérard Guidi
Emmanuelle Soulard

The least frequented trail tracks in the service of beauty and emotion.

In my youth, I had three passions: archeology, art and medicine. When I went on vacation with my grandparents in the Armenian countryside, I was always impressed by the doctor’s charisma when he came to visit. People looked at him with hope, with even greater consideration than the mayor, or the other notables. People were already relieved just by his presence, before starting treatment. I was fascinated by the respect and kindness that was associated with this status.

So I studied medicine. I went to cosmetic surgery. My passion for art made me want to recreate beauty, new faces.

The face is your business card, what you offer at first glance. The interest for me is to relieve the pain of those patients who are not sick. Those people who suffer from their complexes. These small evils often end up creating big ones, causing any kind of chronic disease.

After more than ten years in Russia, I had the opportunity to come to work in Mauritius. Living on a tropical island, it was for me a dream, something too good to happen to me. I remember this strange piece that my parents brought back from India, knowing my taste for numismatic. A magnificent and unknown word: Mauritius.

Years later, as I was looking for a house to buy on the island, I definitely wanted a garden with tall trees. I had visited several of them, not finding what I was looking for … Until the day when, in this ultimate garden, my steps lead me to a burst of light that shines. At the foot of the tree, scarcely visible, the same room. I thought back to this childhood gift, which had remained in my home, in Armenia. It was here as a message. A second home.

I have always had an explorer’s soul. I have traveled the island in every detail. And I traveled all over the world: Italy, Egypt, Greece, France … Everywhere, I looked for the paths less frequented. In my work too. In the Centre Esthétique de l’Océan Indien, innovation is permanent, as soon as it brings something positive to the patient. Our goal is to improve ever more, for those we care for.

My thanks to Dr. Arthur Movsysian.
Emmanuelle Soulard

Doctor Arthur Movsisyan
Plastic Surgeon and Hair Grafting.

Member of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) since 2008.

Doctor Daoud Ingar
Laureate of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris
Member of the National Union of Aesthetic Medicine

Offer a second life

Working at the Centre de Chirurgie Esthetique de l’Ocean Indien was a great opportunity for me. I am a doctor but at the time, I had made the choice to forget medicine for a moment to help my family.

It’s a long story, which begins when I was a child. I was sick, I have a serious malformation of the heart. This was the very beginning of open heart interventions. All I know is that one of my friends had the same problem, and that he died of it. In the same hospital where I will be operated. He did not survive the operation. I would always remember this preoperative consultation where my mother asked the surgeon that they were my chances of survival. He told us: “50/50”. We looked at each other … And we decided to operate. And fortunately the operation was a success.

I was convalescing for a long time, and that’s when I took the decision to cure people. The impression of having a new life. So I became a doctor but life is not always simple. My mother raised her five children alone. Financially, it was very difficult. She had founded a small shop, the haberdashery of Mado. Gradually, she directed it towards perfumes.

Initially, it was my elder brother who managed it but he fell ill, and I came back to help with my other brother. Together, we have developed some point of sales, in Reunion Island and then in Mauritius. I was in charge of this zone, increasing the number of shops, with the help of my wife. But it was not medicine … That’s why I agreed to participate in the creation of the Centre de Chirurgie Esthetique de l’Ocean Indien. I found a place to express both skills. I became an expert in hair grafting, after my training in Canada before working in France.

We were the first to develop medical tourism. The beginnings were not simple. But we made sure we never neglected our values such as solidarity. Let the teams be really welded and collaborate. Then, to keep our status of pioneers in all our practices. And most importantly, honor first of all the patient, so that they feel good. Physical defects may seem trivial but they are often the source of deep moral sorrows, and limitations imposed by people. Freeing them from these constraints often leads them to reconsider what they are capable of.

Today, we can be proud of what we have built, because the Center reflects these: a permanent technological innovation, and above all, the possibility of offering a new life to our patients, Life that was offered to me.

Thanks to Dr. Daoud Ingar.
Emmanuelle Soulard

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