24 Hours with Dr. Lancer
Our Beverly Hills dermatologist to the stars shares a typical day at the office
Wherever I am, no matter where in the world, I wake up naturally at 4:30am local time, and never need an alarm. It’s a blessing but also a curse, especially when I’m on vacation with my family. My dog, Gracie Marie, sleeps on my side and burrows underneath a giant blanket, so I’ll pet her then get out of bed and ready for my day. I always use my Lancer Method before leaving for the office, and don’t need much time to get ready.
I arrive at my office and will usually see a couple paparazzi standing outside my building. They tend to get there early to prepare themselves for any celebrity sightings.
Breakfast at Lancer Skincare Clinic in Beverly Hills – I make breakfast in the office kitchen. I choose meals that will give me energy to start the day. I love kale salads with white balsamic vinegar and ground organic turkey breast, but will also make wild poached salmon to switch things up. I eat at my desk and get in an hour’s worth of reading, researching, and writing before my day gets going.
During the week, I usually have press interviews regarding my skincare line or new procedures, so I prefer to reserve this early window for these types of calls, rather than interrupt time with my patients. Just today I had a phone interview with GQ on the importance of using sunscreen and then spoke with Harper’s Bazaar about the Silhouette Instalift.
I see around fifty patients a day, starting at 7:30 am. On my schedule for today are two Silhouette Instalift procedures, Botox, a cystic acne treatment, scar removal using one of our state-of-the-art lasers, and a skin cancer removal on a patient’s nose. No two patients have the same exact concerns, so every day is very different, which is one of the reasons why I love what I do.
8:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.
There are no other doctors at my practice, so I see every patient no matter how small the visit. I’ll examine the skin and have a nurse take pictures if the patient is coming in with a new skin-related concern. Sometimes there isn’t an issue, just an interest in starting a better skincare routine. I introduce every patient to The Lancer Method, a three-step skincare routine that effectively exfoliates, cleanses and hydrates the skin, as it works for all skin types.
I have little, if any, downtime, but at 12:30, I sneak a peek into the kitchen to see my team, who eats lunch together every day. I’ll try to order from a restaurant they like but I’m all about eating healthy, so typically avoid takeout. Occasionally, I’ll splurge on Sprinkles Cupcakes for special occasions or if it’s someone’s birthday.
I start seeing patients again after lunch. While they come from a variety of professional backgrounds, many are connected to the entertainment industry or the political arena, and often want discretion around their visits. We have our ways of getting these clients in and out without anyone noticing. It all depends on the person, but there are certain patients of mine who don’t mind sitting in the waiting room and signing the occasional autograph.
Without fail, I go to Equinox in Beverly Hills after my workday ends, and spend time on the Stairmaster and in the sauna to decompress. It’s my favorite place to go after work, and the routine keeps me feeling young, energized and in shape.
I call my eldest daughter, Alexis, to catch up, on my way home. She’s lived in New York City for ten years and loves the lifestyle there. I’ll also call my wife, Dani, to let her know I’m on my way home.
If it’s a weekday, I’m home having dinner with my wife and youngest daughter, Blair, who just moved back home. It’s been wonderful having her energy in the home again these past couple months. I love family time, and am happiest when my two daughters are around.
Lancer Skincare Clinic in Beverly Hills After dinner, it’s not unusual for me to come into the office for an emergency visit. A VIP may be flying in from London or a celebrity patient may only be in town for one night and needs to be seen. I make sure to always be there for my patients, no matter what time it is, since their schedules can be so unpredictable. I even have a mini suite within my office, which has a bed and a private bathroom so I’m able to catch some rest if needed.
Sleeping is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, and with my early mornings, it’s important to get some shut-eye.