The emergence of dermal filler treatment has been an enormous leap forward for aesthetic medicine. Injectables like Botox, Juvederm, and other wrinkle-reducers has made it possible to postpone the early signs of aging and correct those that have occurred. The benefits of artful facial rejuvenation cannot be overstated; there are many that we could list. On the other hand, there is the potential for going too far. When appropriately used, Botox and fillers can be a really good thing. When overused, not so much.
It’s a Sneaky Problem
We’ve all seen celebrities who didn’t know when to stop. Visualizing the overdone face, it’s easy to sit back and wonder how that could possibly happen. In reality, it’s pretty simple. It really could all be explained as familiarity. When we begin to notice lines, wrinkles, and deflation, we put our trust in a professional who has (hopefully) been adequately trained to rejuvenate the face. There are two ways this approach may go wrong.
In some cases, an injector underestimates how powerful the effect of treatment can be and uses too much. We avoid this by taking our time with injectable treatments. After inserting small amounts of dermal filler, we can stand back and observe the effects bit by bit. Botox takes about a week to show us the final result, so we use as little of this product as possible and then, if needed, apply more after the full effect can be seen.
What happens in more cases is that the patient gets used to the new and improved appearance achieved with fillers. The widespread use of fillers to augment the lips, cheeks and other areas has led to a bit of distortion regarding how we view ourselves. Not long ago, actress Courtney Cox admitted that she had lost her perspective through the ongoing use of dermal fillers. The general public could see that she’d had too much, but she couldn’t. Why? Because she observed her facial transformation gradually and grew accustomed to her new “norm.”
It has taken time for doctors and patients to come to a better understanding that, at some point, someone has to say “no.” Dermal fillers are meant to soften lines and wrinkles and subtly enhance the contours of the lips and cheeks. In our Draper and Layton offices, this is the only objective.
Contact us for wrinkle-reduction that preserves your natural appearance.