Keep it Natural
I strongly believe inner beauty is more important than outer beauty. Some of the qualities we might associate with inner beauty are kindness, grace, politeness and charisma. Outer beauty is perceived when there is youth, symmetry, soft fullness of the face, even skin tone and complexion.
Many patients tell me they "feel invisible" after a certain age. I believe we have the tools, technology and anatomical understanding to allow some measure of control of the ageing process using non surgical means.
I concentrate on two aspects of facial rejuvenation: anti wrinkle treatments and dermal filling. These are safe procedures which are performed by myself at The Town Medical Centre and do not involve plastic surgery or the attendance of an anaesthetist.
I find young patients are often seeking beautification like lip enhancement or are keen to prevent a family pattern of ageing like early forehead lines. My more mature patients are concerned with harsh lines , sagging down turned mouth corners or thinning lips all of which can make them look angry or sad. Emotions they may be far from actually feeling. It's not about looking perfect or looking decades younger, it's about looking more pleasant and approachable. Restoration of key areas can make a significant difference to how one feels and how one is perceived by society.
There really is some truth that looking better can also make you feel better. Ideally, I love to work with my patients over time, to manage their ageing process in a subtle and natural looking way.
I was around the age of 40 when I started to avoid having my photo taken and hiding behind someone in group photos. I didn't like passing the mirror anymore. My ageing was bothering me and I was bothered about it bothering me.
Wasn't I doing all the right things? I exercised, I ate my organic greens, I meditated and practised yoga. Didn't I believe inner beauty is more important than outer beauty? Why did I let two little lines between my eyebrows upset me?
At that time I knew next to nothing about Cosmetic Injectables. I had a busy, thriving General Practice specialising in Women's Health and, in fact, no room to accept new patients. It was certainly not on my radar to add Cosmetic Medicine to my business.
How I allowed myself to first consider treatment for my angry lines was by telling myself I was doing it to relieve headaches. This was a known beneficial side effect for some people who treated their frown lines with anti-wrinkle injections. That's how far I was from accepting any foray into Cosmetic Medicine. I felt I had to justify what was really a desire to look better with a medical reason. I was certainly afraid I would be judged as vain and self-centred. I was afraid I might end up looking frozen or unnatural.
I chose a Medical Practitioner I felt I could trust and made what seemed like a giant step to book that first appointment.
That single visit changed my whole life and career!
The self confidence I felt from softening those lines was so profound that I knew I had to learn more. Clearly I had the potential as a medical practitioner to understand and deliver these techniques safely to my own patients.
I worked with a passion to find a great mentor, attended conference after conference, renewed my knowledge of facial anatomy and participated in cadaver workshops to develop further expertise in the area. I was fierce in my pursuit to bring non surgical cosmetic medicine to my community.
10 years later I am thrilled that I have been able to offer my patients the opportunity to age differently, slower, to reduce the angry, sad, tired lines of expression that trouble us. To address the sagging skin that influences how we feel about ourselves.
I have focused on skills to create natural looking results so you don't have to worry about looking unnatural or being judged.
And was I judged for using or practicing cosmetic injectables?
I do think this area of Medicine is polarising. Many people have strong feelings about whether it is right or wrong. I think people have strong opinions about influencing how we look because most of us do care about it and can't deny how our appearance has an impact on most aspects of our life, particularly our confidence and how good we can feel about ourselves.
I have completely come to terms with my understanding that appreciating beauty, youth and symmetry is part of human nature. We are all drawn to beautiful things whether they are in nature, architecture, objects or people. It is in our DNA, it's hard wired. I feel it's time to forgive ourselves for wanting to look the best version of ourselves. It's human nature.
And what about inner beauty?
I still believe in Inner Beauty too! In fact it's another passion of mine and I am currently studying psychology with the Australian Society for Psychological Medicine.
Where are you on your journey right now?
Maybe you are considering a cosmetic injectable treatment for wrinkles or a dermal filler. It can be overwhelming to look at this industry with all the hype and deals and offers.
Whether you are just needing information to make a decision or feel ready to proceed, I would be delighted to meet with you for a consultation.
I have a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University, Melbourne, 1988.
Following a further 4 years in the General Practice Training Program, I attained Fellowship from the Royal Australian College of General Practice (FRACGP) and have worked full time for over 25 years in General Practice with a focus on women’s health. In 1991 I obtained my Diploma in Obstetrics from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). This enables me to share in the antenatal care of pregnant women with the Public Hospital system. For 15 years I regularly assisted in surgery with some of Melbourne’s top infertility specialists to help women overcome fertility issues. In 2009 I was appointed GP Adviser to Monash IVF.
My interest in cosmetic medicine, over the last 10 years, is an extension of my passion to assist my patients in a positive way. My training has involved close mentoring by one of Australia’s pioneers in cosmetic medicine.
I regularly attend Aesthetic Medicine Conferences and workshops. I have studied Advanced Facial Anatomy by participating in the Cadaver Dissection Workshop Training provided by both The Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). I hold full membership to the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia.