Why You Shouldn’t Get Injectables Before It’s Needed

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It’s not just bad surgery that can age you. Fillers and injectables can do the same thing when used incorrectly. “There’s a trend in younger women to succumb to the pressure to embody an aesthetic ideal portrayed in the media. In this quest for perfection, they sometimes overdo it and age themselves,” says Beverly Hills, CA, facial plastic surgeon Davis B. Nguyen, MD.

One such example is that of 29 year-old actress Lindsay Lohan. “Lindsay exhibits somewhat overfilled lips, as well as left eyebrow and eyelid ptosis (drooping), possibly made worse by Botox to her forehead. Her nasolabial area also appears a bit wide and effaced, which may be from being overinjected with filler to her nasolabial folds,” says New York plastic surgeon David P. Rapaport, MD.

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Fillers and injectables work best in younger patients to tweak a feature or for proactive measures. When too much filler is used, the balance of the face is thrown off. “To keep a natural, age-appropriate look, you have to allow for the appearance of some lines and wrinkling,” says Nashville, TN, oculoplastic surgeon Brian Biesman, MD. “The more you fill young faces that don’t need that much done to keep a youthful look, the more you look like you’re trying to capture something that doesn’t fit your face. It’s not natural to see a 35-year-old woman with a frozen forehead, overelevated eyebrows and too much fullness in her cheeks and under her eyes. We often associate these changes with older women who have been overtreated in an effort to intervene with the aging process. Younger patients who are overtreated can end up looking like older, distorted versions of themselves.”

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