Dr Holly Cole-Hawkins BDS (Hons) MJDF RCS (Eng) PhD
Dr Holly graduated from the University of Bristol in 2008 with a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (Hons), is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and registered with the GDC. Prior to developing a career in aesthetics Holly spent the majority of her time working in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery and Oral Medicine hospital departments. As a result, Holly has an excellent understanding of the complex anatomy and physiology of the face, head and neck. Holly has also completed a PhD investigating experiences of people with Head and Neck cancer and is an advanced trainer for a leading aesthetic training company.
Q&A with Dr. Holly
What does ‘honest ageing’ mean to you?
Getting older is inevitable, however, we all want to look and feel our best whatever age we are. I view Honest Ageing as getting older whilst retaining our own originality and authenticity.
What is your favourite part of your role at WY?
It’s hard to pick a favourite as variety is what makes working at WY so much fun. Of course I love meeting and treating clients/ patients, but I also enjoy creating interesting content for our social media and blog posts.
What do you think is the next big trend in skin and beauty?
Microbotox! Whilst this isn’t a new thing it certainly seems to be increasing in popularity amongst both aesthetic clinicians and patients. Tiny doses of botulinum toxin are used to improve acne, shrink enlarged pores, reduce facial flushing and oil production and improve skin texture.
Why is now the time to have an honest approach to skin and life?
I truly believe it’s never too early to start looking after our skin, it is after all the largest organ in the body and is vital to the way we look and feel about ourselves. Skin health is affected by things we can’t change (our genes) and things we can influence (eg. environmental factors such as sun exposure). Taking time to reflect on the things we can change to improve our skin health, whether that be through lifestyle adjustments or the use of active products is so important, and the sooner we start the better!
What is one tweak you have made to your well-being routine which has made a difference in the last year?
Now we have all the resources and tools we need to look as well as feel good. Millenials have got it made – if only we knew then what we know now! There is so much information available on how to live and be well today. If everyone can tailor this advice to what suits them, we will be on the way to a happier and healthier society.
What are some tweaks you have made to your wellbeing routine that has made a big difference in the last year?
This is a tricky one! In truth I haven’t made any deliberate adjustments, however I have certainly benefited from getting more sleep as my son has got a bit older and I stopped working nights. Any of you reading this with kids, or other factors affecting sleep, will know exactly what I mean. The impact of sleep deprivation on all aspects of our physical and mental well-being cannot be overstated and even small things like reducing screen time in the hour before bed can help improve our sleep quality.)
What are your favourite things to do when you are not in the clinic?
I love exercise and where possible try to squeeze in a reformer pilates and a gym session every week. In reality I usually end up racing round one of the local parks after my three-year old!
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