What are your best features? A refreshing look at cosmetic treatments by Dr Jonathan Brown

As a cosmetic Doctor one of the most common questions I get asked by patients is ‘What treatment do I need?’. My reply is always, ‘Nothing’. It is the honest truth – nobody needs treatment.

Questions I like to ask in return are, “What are your best features?” or, “What do you like about your appearance?”. They can be confronting questions to ask but they are the best questions to get the most out of your treatment. Patients often come in and tell me what they don’t like about themselves – deep frown lines, tired lines around the eyes, jowls on the jawline but nobody asks what they do like.

Try an experiment now – have a look in the mirror and find 3 things that you like about your appearance. No negative thoughts allowed – only good things. It could be a great cupids bow, a dimple at the side of the mouth, strong eyebrows, glowing skin, a great smile. Now think what could be done to make those features stand out. Like what we do with makeup, you can make cheekbones stand out using blush/bronzer. We use lipstick to define lip lines, eyeshadow and mascara to bring out your eyes. Cosmetic treatments do the same trick – we use anti-wrinkle injections to treat crows feet and draw the attention back towards the eyes, we treat the frown area to soften the ‘angry’ line and lift the eyebrows. We treat the jawline muscle (masseter muscle) to slim the jaw and make your cheekbones more prominent.

So, cosmetic treatments are here to help you bring out your best features. Stop being harsh on yourself and rather than looking at things you don’t like, focus on showing off the things that you do.

We take time at Cityskin to understand you, your concerns and what you are looking to achieve from treatment. Book an free appointment at Cityskin here.

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Dr Jonathan Brown

Dr Jonathan Brown is a Melbourne based Cosmetic Physician and GP and set up the Cityskin clinic in 2011