Balancing the Grind with Dr. Ingrid Tall, Founder of Cosmetic Image Clinics

Dr Ingrid Tall is a cosmetic doctor and General Practitioner, former AMA QLD President and TV Medical Journalist, who has over twenty years’ experience in the cosmetic medicine industry.

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1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?

I lead a very hectic life but am making a real effort to slow down now that I am over half a century old and have a great team working with me. I am a Doctor with a journalism degree and actually did some medical journalism.

I have also tried my hand at medical politics and then mainstream politics which was so not me (you should always listen to your mother).

I have 4 kids (two mine and two my partner’s with the same father – that will get you all thinking), invested in property, bought a cosmetic business called Cosmetic Image Clinics and a day spa Aquarius Health and Medispa and never a dull moment.

2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?

The days are full of variety everything from working with patients using Fraxel lasers to help improve their pigmentation and giving that radiant glow to the skin, sculpting collagen boosting, treating scars and Bell’s palsy, vampire facials, even anal bleaching and penis filler.

I have formulated an intimate bleaching cream called ‘Pink Bits’ after discovering anal bleaching was the number one hit on our Cosmetic Image Clinic’s website.

3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?

Working from home is a challenge with needle to skin treatments but increasingly I facetime with nurse injectors who are treating clients right around Australia, from WA to Tassie to Cairns.

4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?

Doctors are trained to be workaholics and I haven’t achieved that goal at all. A big fail for that one. Luckily, I love my job. I do love a Sunday siesta though to the chagrin of my partner who is also a workaholic.

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5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?

Personal growth is on the New Year ‘do list’ so I am doing more affirmations and meditations. I play them in the car on the way to the kid’s school and they hate it.

I have cranked up brainwashing myself regarding prosperity and abundance thinking in the face of COVID-19 and I have subscribed to Headspace.

6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?

I am reading Kathy Lette’s HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy at the moment but I must admit I am now more a Netflix streaming person, not a reader so much but I do love reading the cosmetic medical journals, (especially about Fraxel laser which I had last week) and watching virtual medical conferences eg GVAS. I try to squeeze in an occasional ‘Economist’.

7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?

We bought a sauna kit online to have one at home and I do love a sauna on the weekend which could be ‘work’ if I own a spa. I like my steam press (I am the ‘dish pig’ and ironing lady in the relationship). I like ‘Apple News’ to get a quick overview of the world and a red wine at the end of day- is that a product?

8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?

Ricky Gervais- so I can have a laugh at the same time.

9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Find your passion so work is not work. Work on a Sunday and then then you don’t get Mondayitis.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.