Real Value from Realistic Expectations

Posted on December 01, 2011 by Dr. Blume in Dermal Fillers

Cosmetic procedures such as laser treatments, Pixel, dermal fillers and Botox are great for the appropriate indications. Nonetheless, too many spas, doctors, and other injectors lead patients to think these will get the same results as surgery. That is not always the case. There are people who can benefit greatly from non-surgical procedures and then there are those who will be disappointed by the results.
If you go to a doctor for non-surgical procedures, make sure you’re given realistic expectations. For example, Botox will give you great results for fine lines, wrinkles, brow lifts, some neck changes, and other areas. But if your eyelids are full of excess skin, please don’t think Botox will get rid of this. If there is a large amount of redundant (excess) skin on your whole face you would need too much filler (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Sculptra) to make it worthwhile. On the other hand, if you want fuller lips, Juvederm and Restylane will easily get you there without surgery and probably better than surgery. Deep lines on the face are corrected appropriately with fillers but may also be eliminated with a face lift, the major differences being cost, pain, and downtime.
A good injector can help improve your nose silhouette and make it look smaller for a fraction of the cost of a surgical procedure. Obviously the results will not be the same, but if you are looking for value, dermal fillers may be right for you. As long as you are made aware of the difference, your expectations will be aligned with the result.
So, ask the person performing the procedure for their realistic expectations of the outcome and ensure the before-and-after pictures show what was explained.


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