Tatler 2020 Beauty & Surgery Guide
Gout operates at a speed of knots. When she’s not lecturing at conferences around the world (Saudi, Monaco, Beijing), the Scientific Director for FACE (Facial Aesthetic Conference and Exhibition) also finds time to sit on the board for BCAM (British College of Aesthetic Medicine).
‘My job is to start a dialogue between doctors and consumers,’ she says. ‘There still aren’t enough conversations about these treatments.’ But, first and foremost, she’s an educator, with an authoritative presence and a methodical approach co facial ageing. This means diagnosing how each layer of the Face ages. ‘The secret is to identify any underlying weaknesses, and correct them,’ she says (treatment may involve strengthening the bone with a high-density filler or prescribing retinoids to thicken up papery skin). She’s also a spokesperson for early prevention – but only ever to correct an imbalance or prevent early-onset tissue damage and ageing due to predisposition. ‘There’s a gap when it comes to treating young people,’ she says. ‘But instead of focusing on isolated areas such as the lips or the cheeks, we should be diagnosing a significant tissue weakness. At the end of the day, it’s about being diagnostic.’