Fine-tuning Faces: The Power of the Injectable
They’re minimally invasive. There are lots of options. And you don’t need much to get significant results. Injectables like Botox and Juvederm are incredible tools that, if overused, can be disastrous – everyone knows someone that went overboard with these products. The key is balance, and doctors and specialists have shared their secrets on how to best utilize these potent procedures.
Doing it right!
Most of doing injectables right is about attitude and being sober-minded about the realities of all stages of the procedure. After making sure you’re motivations are right, what’s the best way to move forward and enjoy all the great benefits of injectables?
- Be realistic. Instead of trying to look 20 years younger, aim at looking a few years younger. Pitfalls are plenty when trying too hard to look too young. If you overuse injectables with this goal, it’ll be obvious to everyone in your face.
- Stick with one doctor. This one is common sense. Your face is not a collage and everyone’s best work is done with the most information. Communicating well and building a trusting relationship with a doctor from the beginning are steps toward fantastic results. Plastic surgeon Dr. Haideh Hirmand has patients bring a photo of themselves from each decade to compare and work with them toward optimal results.
- Take your time. Being patient and spacing out procedures helps results manifest more naturally. Rather than a drastic change, this allows you and everyone around you to see the results as a better version of yourself.
Too much Botox can freeze that fish-like facial expression. Too much filler and ballooning cheeks can become comedic. Here are some behaviors to avoid when deciding on using injectables:
- "You love the results! More! More! More!" Even if you’re happy with how you look after one type of injectable, take it slow. Never try and do all sorts of injectable procedures at once unless the combination was recommended by your physician.
- "I wanna look like Kim!" Having example features from celebrities like Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian can be helpful in planning with your doctor. But injectables are not meant to change your face – if a feature is too far off from your natural beauty, rethink the request.
- "My face will never look right…" If you find yourself with an unhealthy preoccupation with a certain body part, you may be suffering from body dysmorphic disorder. The condition affects your mind and the way you see yourself and your body. Excessive injectable use or surgical procedures can be a sign of a problem. If you’re concerned about this, ask your doctor.
If you find yourself teetering on the edge of injectable-related disaster – let’s quell the fear. Doctors recommend these ways to manage injectable use gone-wrong.
- Dissolve the problem. Hyaluronidase is a safe and naturally occurring enzyme that is used to dissolve hyaluronic-acid fillers like Juvederm. Ask your doctor if the injectable you used is a hyaluronic-acid filler – if so, you’re in luck.
- Wait. If the filler you used is non-hyaluronic acid based such as Radiesse and Sculptra, unfortunately, the only way to fix it is to wait for the injectable to dissipate on its own. Botox is the same way and wears off after three to four months.
- So if you’ve used these powerhouse products, or are looking to see if they are right for you, make sure you’ve gone through the checklist of do’s and don’ts. Above all, know that they are tiny, powerful tools meant to fine-tune, and enjoy the benefits of these miracle serums!