In the Life of Dr Uliana Gout

By Holly Carver / 28 May 2021

The BCAM president gives us an insight into her everyday life

I start my mornings with… 

A cup of tea! I love my herbal teas, and I have a huge collection of Japanese teas at home. After that I always take my dogs out for a walk – we have two little mini schnauzers Maple and Bubble, so it’s a great way to begin my day! 

I set off for work at around 7:15am, and during this period I catch up on all of my emails and ensure that nothing has been missed. Once I get to the London Aesthetic Medicine (LAM) Clinic at around 8:15am, my team begins by having a group chat where we all discuss our plans for the day and have a look at what patients we have coming in. The rest of my day is then taken up by consultations and treatments! I typically see no more than 20 people a day as I don’t like to rush things, especially consultations which can usually take between 45 minutes to an hour. In my opinion this time is necessary because you need to really get to know the patient and build a relationship with them, so that you can plan ahead for the next five or 10 years. I like to create a short and long-term strategy for my patients. 

I typically finish work between 5-7pm, and go for another walk before I travel home. My clinic is on Harley Street, and I grew up at the end of this lovely street right next to Regent Street, so the park nearby gives me a lovely sense of nostalgia! Once I get back to my house I always try to do some power cardio – I’ve just invested in a rowing machine so I like to spend half an hour on that! 

Fitting BCAM into my routine… 

I became president of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) last year, so this introduced a new element into my career and gave me new responsibilities. Although it’s a big role it was an easy addition for me because I’m so passionate about it. I tend to weave it into the rest of my day, whenever I have small breaks or downtime during clinic hours. 

COVID-19 has really highlighted how important an association like BCAM is for people, because I think everyone in the industry has been feeling quite isolated and confused at times. In particular, incorporating the different webinars and Zoom talks into the working week has enabled us all to connect with each other, and I probably now do a virtual lecture at least once every fortnight. Although I really do miss events and being around my colleagues, I feel we as a community have done very well with virtual learning and networking. I am very proud of how fast paced and dynamic everyone has been. 

In my spare time... 

I’m really into history and archeology! I’m fascinated by the Roman era and I was actually meant to go on a dig in Pompeii last year, but unfortunately it was postponed because of the pandemic. I’ve always had a hobby for collecting antiques from different time periods, and I’ve recently started to decorate my home with them! I also take a lot of time to read up on recent developments and research on our specialty – I have so many books and journals. I actually have a collection of all the old Aesthetics journals in my office! I just think that it’s so important for all of us to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in the industry, as well as reflect on how things have changed, because it’s so fast paced and there are always so many new innovations, approaches and techniques. I strongly believe that no matter where we are in our careers, we can always learn from one another. 

My most memorable day… 

I think it has to be when I was going to Monaco for my first Aesthetic and Anti-Ageing Medicine World Congress (AMWC), which was during the time that I was transitioning from the NHS to aesthetic medicine. I’d written a huge thesis on hand rejuvenation and had actually submitted a poster to the AMWC which got accepted. As I drove into Monaco, I specifically remember that feeling of excitement and positivity knowing that I was on my way to learn new concepts, as well as getting to be around 10,000 other like-minded people from across the globe. The aesthetics industry is really great in that sense because countries from all over the world communicate so well with each other. I’m now a course director for that very conference! 

My advice to anyone starting out in this industry is to make sure that you attend lots of these events, whether it’s international or local, because that’s how you’ll meet and connect with other people. I think that’s integral in order to be able to grow in your career, and we also have so many amazing personalities that we can all learn from. We’re so lucky to have such a great community of people!  

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