Aesthetic practitioner Dr Vincent Wong and gut health and wellness expert Dr Sunni Patel have founded the non-profit #IAMME Living Foundation to promote the wellbeing and aesthetic needs of LGBTQ+ patients.
The foundation will take a holistic approach to supporting members of the LBGTQ+ community through addressing gut health and mental health, as well as non-surgical facial aesthetics. This will include providing access to facial masculinisation and feminisation procedures.
The foundation will also work to raise awareness of the challenges the LBGTQ+ community face, including discrimination, bullying and body and gender dysphoria.
Co-founder Dr Vincent Wong said, “As a cosmetic doctor, I truly believe that there is scope to elevate the industry beyond antiageing and prejuvenation indications. For me, facial aesthetics is about matching someone’s outer appearance to how they feel and identify themselves on the inside, regardless of age, gender, sexuality and skin colour.”
Fellow co-founder Dr Sunni Patel added, “We know that awareness, education and access are barriers to sustainable health outcomes in the queer community, and the #IAMME Living Foundation aims to bring multidisciplinary care where it is most needed and of value.”
The foundation was set up in July 2022, and will officially launch this September.