We had the good fortune of connecting with Victoria Givens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Victoria, what do you attribute your success to?
PERSEVERANCE. To understand perseverance is to have encountered adversity and failure only to rise up again, to know that discipline and focus far outweigh any predetermined disadvantage, to realize that it’s not that it can’t be done but that it just hasn’t been done yet, and to know your worth even when others don’t. Because everyone wants to be successful until they realize what it actually takes.
A truly successful person knows that risks are always involved, criticism is inevitable, sacrifices will be made, rejection is part of life, and the courage to invest in yourself is required. I realized a long time ago that if your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. Building a brand and opening my business Givens Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, in the midst of COVID-19 was less than ideal timing, but I took the risk and never looked back. As a female facial plastic surgeon, I strive to offer a comprehensive, customized approach designed to reveal unrivaled yet natural aesthetic results for those who refuse to settle for anything less than the very best. And while the future is yet to be determined, what I can tell you is that I will continue to embrace the challenges and enjoy the small victories on this journey to long-lasting success.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Dr. Victoria Givens, Your Face Expert
Born and raised in Houma, Louisiana, Dr. Victoria Brighton Givens recognized her calling to the field of medicine early. She graduated Valedictorian of her high school and was heavily recruited by the illustrious Louisiana State University (LSU) for her undergraduate training. While completing her pre-medical studies, she represented LSU and the Southeastern Conference (SEC) as a Division I Collegiate Athlete in the sport of Swimming. She earned several honors and titles including NCAA Qualifier, First-Team All-SEC, LSU Academic Excellence Scholar Athlete, and the LSU Athletic Director’s Cup for Academic Excellence. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Biological Sciences and Italian Foreign Language before going on to earn her MD from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans.
While enrolled at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans (LSUHSC-NOLA), Dr. Givens was selected for a highly competitive training position in Zagreb, Croatia, with the KBC Zagreb Center’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery team— a rare opportunity for a medical student. She also served as President of the LSUHSC-NOLA Plastic & Reconstructive Surgical Society, where she created and directed the school’s first “Operation Smile Benefit Concert” that raised significant proceeds for cleft lip and palate repair in developing countries.
Dr. Givens was asked to remain at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans to complete an extensive five-year residency with the Department of Otolaryngology/ENT – Head & Neck Surgery. Following her surgical residency, she was hand-selected for the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship under the direction of the world-renowned Dr. Stephen W. Perkins. Dr. Victoria Givens is a board certified surgeon focusing exclusively in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face in addition to non-surgical rejuvenation of the skin and hair for total regenerative wellness at her private practice Givens Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas.
As a nationally recognized industry leader in regenerative therapy and respected member of the surgical community, Dr. Givens has been invited to present her work and published research on nasal and facial rejuvenation at several national and international Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery conferences. In addition, she has developed and exclusively offers her own line “The Givens XO Collection” of cutting-edge extracellular vesicle treatments for total non-surgical rejuvenation of the skin, hair, and eyebrows. Her unparalleled reputation, personalized client care, mastery in the field of anti-aging and aesthetic restoration, and commitment to providing superior results make Dr. Victoria Givens the premier choice for individuals both near and far.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Must Try Restaurants (1) Terry Black’s BBQ
(2) The County Line BBQ
(3) Gabriella’s Downtown
(4) Milano Cafe
(6) Jack Allen’s Kitchen Oak Hill
(7) Shoal Creek
Drinks & Fun/Outdoor Hangouts:
(1) Zilker Metropolitan Park
(2) Moontower Saloon
(3) The Bees Kneez
(4) Aussie’s Downtown
(5) Lady Bird Lake
(6) Hotel Granduca
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To all of my family, friends, & mentors who encouraged me to believe in myself every step of the way
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