We sat down with Dr Tull to get a glimpse into her life and what being a doctor means to her.
Why did you choose medicine?
It began as a deep passion to help people when they were ill, and in that way make a difference in their lives. This initial thought then grew into a passion to provide wellness, maintaining the best possible health that I can help my patients achieve.
As the daughter of a politician, were you ever interested in that as a career?
My passion has always been to help people. I believe that we can help our country to grow and develop through different mediums. It is very important to give back. My dad chose to do this through politics, and I believe inherent in me is this passion too, but for now I give back through my God-given gift of medicine.
Where did you study medicine?
I started my journey in sciences at Queen’s College and Harrison College and continued my studies in medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Jamaica. I obtained my diploma in aesthetic medicine from the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine.
What is aesthetic medicine?
Aesthetic medicine is a relatively new area in the field of medicine. It is a specialty that includes cosmetic procedures that are aimed at treatment of wrinkles, volume loss in the face—skin laxity, for example—all aimed at allowing a patient to look and feel better about themselves, and therefore changing their self-image, using non-invasive to minimally invasive procedures.
Why did you decide to expand your practice to include aesthetic medicine?
Medical health is defined as mental, physical and social well-being. How a person views themselves is therefore an important part of their wellness. In 2010, I decided to add aesthetic medicine to my practice, so I set out to achieve my diploma in that field.
How popular has it become over the years, and why are we seeking to have these procedures done now more than, let’s say, 10 years ago? What has changed?
The world of aesthetic medicine has exploded over the last ten years as the population seeks out non-surgical methods to maintain their youthful appearance. The increase in popularity of these procedures comes about due to the decreased risk of the procedures as compared to surgical procedures.
What treatments do you perform and what are the benefits?
The services provided are varied and include:
Skin care regimes;
Botox treatments for forehead and frown lines, crow’s feet, brow lift;
Fillers (Juvéderm, Restylane) for nasolabial folds, marionette lines, lip volume, cheek volume, lip lines;
Non-surgical body contouring (Venus Freeze) for sculpting the tummy, buttocks, legs, arms, neck;
Weight loss and weight management.
These represent some of the more popular services offered at our clinic.
Our clientele ranges in age from early 20s to 75, with the majority typically between 30 and late 60s. The typical procedures listed are aimed at improving self-appearance, self-image and confidence, with the most popular being Botox, fillers and body contouring. Our younger clientele includes teenagers and young adults who use medical microdermabrasion for acne, uneven skin tones (hyper pigmentation) and uneven skin texture.
Does your clientele include men and, if so, what procedures do they have done?
My clientele does also include males. The most popular procedures are mole removal, Botox, weight management and body contouring (love handles—those areas that don’t budge no matter how hard they try in the gym). As fitness and well-being become more important, generally with that comes the care of one’s appearance, so more and more patients are looking towards aesthetic procedures.
Do most women get work done because they need it, or is it an option to help them feel better about themselves?
Most of the women approach the clinic for advice to deal with areas of their bodies that they are no longer happy with. So yes, in this way, it is a boost to their self-esteem. Whether it is the frown lines on their faces that make them look angry even when they are not, or the lines by their mouths that always make them look unhappy, these are areas that when corrected make women feel so much better about themselves.
What sets you (your work) apart from similar work being done on island?
I am committed to providing my patients with the highest standard of care of medicine that I possibly can. The gratitude for me is when my hard work makes a difference to every individual patient. How do I do it? With God’s grace, one day at a time; with my village of family and friends supporting me in reaching my goals through it all!
What is next for Dr Carolyn Maria Tull?
Pressing forward to improve my services for my patients while balancing my children, helping each one reach their amazing goals.