When it comes to cosmetic medicine, having trust in your physician is a non-negotiable. That’s why we spoke to an expert we can rely on, Dr Scott Allison, to get the latest on what beauty treatments are trending in 2020.
What drew you to the cosmetic medicine industry?
The interesting combination of medicine and artistry. The fundamental knowledge base is how medicine and anatomy relate to ageing. But the exciting part is looking at a patient's face and seeing the effects of time, sun exposure, pollution and stress and what can be done to improve how they look and feel.
What’s your philosophy when it comes to cosmetic procedures?
My philosophy is to find a natural, beautiful outcome that’s appropriate to that patient's age, gender and ethnicity. Often this means less is more. I want my patients to have friends notice how refreshed or well rested they look, but not actually know they’ve 'had anything done'.
What area do you specialise in?
Full facial rejuvenation using a holistic approach and combination treatments to invoke the best results. I use dermal fillers to replace lost volume, Botox to relax overactive facial muscles and wrinkles, laser to improve skin quality and good skincare to ensure results are maintained for years to come.
What cosmetic trends do you see happening right now?
Non-surgical body contouring. Previously, removing stubborn pockets of fat was limited to invasive treatments, which often left noticeable irregularities or required considerable downtime. The next generation of body contouring is Trusculpt, which uses radiofrequency to permanently remove fat cells and tighten skin. You can use it almost anywhere on the body with no downtime. We treat patients with Trusculpt in their lunch break!
What trend do you believe has shaped 2020?
Preventative injectables. We’re seeing patients in their 20s prevent wrinkles before they appear. In addition to daily sunscreen, starting cosmetic injectables early before deep wrinkles develop can stop them occurring all together.
What’s a common misconception about your line of work?
That treatments are going to hurt! Most patients are relieved how comfortable treatments are. But sometimes we will still use topical numbing cream to make it as painless as possible.
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