How to look good for your age [VIDEO]Posted on by Niamh Corduff
How to look good for your age is a video interview, produced by Trish Hammond for Plastic Surgery Hub. In the video, Dr. Niamh Corduff explains her ’embrace your age’ philosophy and reveals the secrets to how you can look good for your age.
Hi, Trish. I’m Niamh Corduff. I’m a plastic surgeon based down in Geelong, but I also work up in Melbourne, too. And my career has taken me now, as I’m getting older, into the injectable field and non-surgical treatments of women’s faces, basically. And I work for industry, and I train and lecture internationally, and I’m running research programs into it. So I sort of got into this at a very advanced level, which is incredibly exciting for me.
Look, complications happen. Even in the best of hands. In my hands, too. And everybody who’s honest will say, “Yes, I’ve seen these problems.” The training is absolutely essential. When you think about sticking a needle in somebody’s face and injecting it, you’ve got to know what’s underneath the skin, and you’ve got to have a feel for it. And I’m very lucky that I’m fully trained as a plastic surgeon so I can automatically feel where my cannula or my needle is and know where the vessels are, where the nerves are, where the different layers and thicknesses are, how far down to the bone, etc. But for a lot of people, that can be a real struggle. So the level of training, the years of expertise, is important.
But the other thing is if you want to look at what the results are like, the outcome, just look at the staff in the clinic. If you see somebody looks like a transvestite sitting on the front desk, think twice because it’s about some of these aesthetics. So the injector’s aesthetics and what they see, and what they perceive as important will indicate what goals they’re trying to achieve or not trying to achieve. I have a philosophy which not everybody agrees with. But for me, I suppose because I’m getting on in age too, it’s about not looking younger. It’s about looking great for my age, or for our age. And that means looking healthy, looking well, looking strong, but looking age-appropriate. And so that is, basically, it’s taking away the ugly side of aging. But learn to love your lines. Learn to love your wrinkles. But if your skin is looking healthy, you will look radiant and look great and look strong. And if you take away the bits that make you look tired, make you look sad, make you look grumpy, grizzly, and that is because muscle balance changes and we lose bone and tissues slip and slide. And they give those expressions that aren’t there. It’s not what you’re feeling but it’s what your face is saying. And if we can address those ugly bits, then that’s what it’s all about.
You can start. Now I, being very conservative, I’m not a great believer in saying injectibles will prevent lines as you go along. I don’t think that’s a thing. I think the most thing is to look after your skin. When you’re young, look after your skin and that will be the biggest preventative you can. There are, though, those who are born with deficiencies in bone or have some– and you can really help those patients by correcting. So if they’ve got a very small chin, or the cheeks are sitting back, or the nose is abnormal you can actually use injectables wisely and sensibly to actually help them treat those areas. But you’ve really got to know your anatomy to do that and know what you’re doing, yeah. It’s essential. Somebody who gets to know you, know what you want to achieve, what your priorities are, what your budgets are. It’s not just a money-grabbing exercise. You’re a patient. So to work, and work out a plan, and work with that plan, change it if necessary. But yes, medical records and knowing exactly where you are, what you’ve had before, where and what you’re trying to achieve, that’s so important. And what works for you and what doesn’t work for you.
I mean, every patient that I see has an individualized treatment plan. And I see people and I say, “Okay. Well, we’ll start here but this may not be right. We may need to tweak it to work out exactly what is going to work for you and then we know what works for you.” It’s having a knowledge and expertise in– yes, you’ve got skin care. I know I keep banging on about skin but skin is so important. So skin care, injectables that relax the muscles and address the balance of muscles, and also fillers which can be, most of them would be hyaluronic acids which we can reverse or they’re temporary. But some that actually stimulate long-term collagen production. And you’re using those to fill in deficits where you’ve lost volume or to lift tissues. So each product, you use your tools. It’s like you’re looking at somebody when you’re operating. And you know you’ve got all this armamentarium of tools and you pick the ones that are going to get the job done that you particularly want, in that particular area, on that particular person. So it’s having an expertise in all areas.
So if you want to know more, look, you’re very welcome to come and talk. And we can assess you and have a chat and see what your outcomes that you want. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the link below this video, yeah.
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