Get to know Dr. Jodie’s approach to cosmetic injectable treatments.
It is normal to feel nervous prior to any medical procedure, so take some time to understand how Dr. Jodie’s approach aligns with your desire for a natural, refreshed look.
You will find her focus on natural enhancements, tailored treatments, medical expertise, and personalised care to be just what the doctor ordered.
You will never find two cosmetic doctors that inject exactly the same way. And that is fabulous, as it allows you to choose the right clinician for you. So, I would like to tell you a little about my approach to cosmetic injectable treatments. Firstly, you look great as you are – my goal is simply to ‘tweak’ your face, so you still look like you, only fresher. I don’t want you to look like a different person or a caricature of yourself. I just want you to feel more confident with small enhancements that refresh your look in a natural way.
I like to conduct whole face assessments and treatments – all parts of your face are ageing, so ignoring some parts while treating others is only going to create facial imbalance … So, I believe it is important to choose an experienced injector who has the advanced skillset to meet all of your needs, someone who is capable of filling more challenging areas, such as temples and foreheads, and not just focused on lips. This is how you get your best, most natural looking result.
Less is usually more when it comes to cosmetic treatments. My aim is to restore age-related volume loss, enhance your facial curves and contours, soften hard angles and lines, and highlight your best features. But no more than this. I would rather err on the side of too little than too much. So, if you are seeking a fake or augmented look, I am definitely not the doctor for you. I believe that in this growing cosmetic industry, we, as doctors, have a responsibility to normalise what is actually normal in facial aesthetics and stop normalising an augmented look.
You will never just be a number to me. Many of my clients have been part of my life for more than a decade. Having trust and rapport and building an understanding of your reasons for treatment and your expectations of treatment are important to me. I like that my clients feel like friends, but I will always treat you with the best professional care, knowledge and skills I can provide.
I am a doctor first. So, safety first, always. I spend a lot of my spare time ‘nerding’ it up with continued learning and I always will. Understanding facial anatomy and the safest way to deliver your treatment is critical, as is understanding management of complications in the very rare event that they arise. This is also why I am a national clinical trainer and dedicated to the education of other clinical injectors. I want to contribute positively to raising industry standards as a whole.
Sometimes it takes more filler than you think – I am not a magician! Your face is certainly worth investing in, as treatment may help prevent or slow further ageing. So, don’t be scared if I suggest more ‘tweaking’ than you were expecting. Remember, if I take a whole face approach and address all areas of your face, you are far more likely to have a natural looking outcome. But treating multiple areas definitely requires more filler and I can’t work magic with just one ml, especially if you are on the mature side of life.
I believe in the science behind the products I use and do not believe all products are created equal – my job is to identify your areas for improvement and understand the tools I need to achieve the look you want. One of my roles as a national clinical trainer is to educate other doctors, nurses and specialists about the rheology (the behavioural characteristics) of different dermal filler types, so you, the client, can receive a treatment best tailored to your unique needs.
Ageing is normal – I want you to look great for your age, not seek youth at all costs. What looks good at 30 is not the same as what looks good at 50. I will help you decide what is needed, but also what is not needed in your anti-ageing journey. I will always be conservative and ensure your treatments are both age-appropriate and subtle, so you can avoid looking overdone.
I’m not a fan of indiscriminate line chasing and trying to eliminate facial movement, especially at the expense of normal facial function. Lines aren’t ‘bad’. Having no lines isn’t ‘good’. At some point, it may look weird to age without lines. Natural character is still important to me.
I’m all about finding the right facial balance and harmony. Face shape and facial proportions are key, as is the balance of features on your face. Big lips and cheeks will look ridiculous on someone with a small face and normally small features. Facial balance, to me, is possibly the most important aspect of beauty, far more important than symmetry and far more important than chasing down lines and wrinkles, which is what people tend to obsess about. Understanding facial balance means knowing how much dermal filler is enough to enhance, but not distract, from beauty.
It is a process. I often stage your treatments and advise you of the best order of such treatments for your desired outcome. This way, it is not overwhelming, and your results tend to be additive. It may take time to get the look you want, but remember, we are all ‘works in progress’. You will look progressively fresher with each and every treatment, so think about how you will look after your second, third or even your fourth session. You cannot achieve everything in one day.
Thank you to my lovely client Rachel, who has allowed me to discuss her glow up with you. So, Rachel is 31 years old gorgeous woman, who, before treatment, was feeling like the early signs of ageing were creeping in. As a high-level athlete, she had lost some degree of facial fat and felt like her face looked a little hard.
If we examine Rachel carefully, we see that she is slightly longer in her overall face shape and she has lost some volume and projection in her cheeks, which are a little flat here, and her tear troughs or under eye area is slightly hollow. As a consequence, her midface has dropped slightly, which is contributing to her nasolabial folds, the lines between her nose and mouth.
We can also see volume loss around her mouth, both above her lip and below her lip in her marionette hollows here. In particular, she has lost projection in her chin, which is slightly retruded or sitting too far back, causing her chin muscle, mentalis, to be hyperactive, which is why you see this dimpling. Overall, this area is lacking the normal soft curves and contours we might see in a slightly more feminine face.
To address these issues, I staged Rachel’s treatments to make them more manageable, plus we are all works in progress. Overall, she had a total of 5mls of dermal filler, which sounds like a lot, but is really no more than a teaspoon over a large area. As you can see, I softened her under eye hollows, created more definition in her outer cheek and fullness in her inner cheek, which has lifted her nasolabial folds, although I also directly filled these lines to soften them further. Treating her midface has given her more width and made her overall face shape look more oval and less long.
I projected her chin forward, taking care not to lengthen her face, and made it slightly rounder looking. This has stopped her chin muscle from working so hard and improved her chin dimpling, as well as her chin shape. I also restored the volume loss around her mouth and gave her lips some very subtle fullness.
The end result, she still looks like herself, just fresher, with a softer more feminine look. The most important part is that she is loving her new face and her friends and family keep telling her how well she is looking, which is exactly what I want for all of my clients.