We don’t have to name names. We know you can think of someone who’s gone a little bit too far with fillers and injectables. The key to successful injectables is a natural end result that is not obvious. “Simply put, you don’t want to look unnatural. Most injectable and filler patients want to look their best but still look like themselves,” says West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologist Kenneth R. Beer, MD.
So what’s the key to getting a natural look from fillers?
Stick with temporary fillers. According to Dr. Beer, temporary fillers look more natural than something semi-permanent or permanent because they are more compatible with the body. Permanent fillers do not age along with the face.
Set a schedule with your doctor and try to stick with it. Be consistent with injections but wait until the majority of the results have worn off before reinjecting. “This way, you don’t have to regress back to your baseline, or start from scratch, with each session,” says Dr. Beer.
Ask your doctor to be conservative. Full correction (when fillers are used to fully diminish lines and wrinkles) may be necessary in some patients during the first series of injections, but, in general, your doctor should not be over injecting.
Don’t combine injections with too many other procedures. Injectables may be coupled with other treatments, but it’s important not to do too much of anything. “Overdoing anything will distort normal facial proportions and convey a look that is ‘done,’” says Dr. Beer.
Know what’s being injected. One red flag that you are not be treated by a qualified injector is that they are unwilling to show you the packaging from which your injectable product came, as well as the bottle that contains the actual injectable substance. For more information on what to look for, visit expertinjector.com.
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