At Maine Laser Skin Care, I see people every day who want to enhance their appearance and make a significant difference in how they look as they age. One fear I hear these people express over and over again is that no one wants to go through this process and look inappropriate for their age, or like they had “lots of work done.” That fear is one of the main reasons my patients turn to me, rather than have more invasive or radical procedures like plastic surgery done.
During my free consultations, I emphasize the philosophy and precautions I use to improve your appearance so that your look is natural and age-appropriate. I want to outline what I recommend when considering an aesthetic treatment.
1.) Don’t overdo it.
This is a good rule in general for aesthetic treatments, but it is especially important for the person who is having their first introduction to these therapies. I always tell people that I would rather undertreat someone than overtreat them.
At least when I undertreat a patient, they can return so I can add-on or tweak the therapy to achieve the desired result. It was almost always possible to add, but very difficult to subtract in this area of medicine.
2.) Enhance what assets you already have.
Women use makeup to accentuate certain features and downplay others. Similarly, aesthetic procedures, especially Botox and fillers, can decrease pesky wrinkling and add volumes to strategic areas that can highlight your facial strengths. Voluma is a perfect example of a product that can enhance your cheek and midface area to restore the padding of your youth in that area.
3.) Treat the areas that bother you the most first.
I frequently have people complain that they “hate” their face or they want “everything done.” After viewing their photos and then examining their face and skin in person, I always ask, “What bothers you the most?”.
Almost always, with that question, the individual will point to one particular area. My philosophy is this: Treat the most bothersome area first, and then reassess.
In general, a change in one area will also change your perception of the rest of your face. Some people will relax the scowl lines between their eyes and then feel much better about themselves. Others will then point to the next area of their concern and discuss the next level of treatment.
4.) Bring in a picture of yourself from when you were younger.
I think that the ultimate compliment is when someone truly thinks you are younger than you really are. If I have access to a picture of a patient from just 5 to 10 years ago, it gives me a good idea of the changes that have occurred and will allow me to develop a plan to restore that more youthful look in a naturally-appearing manner.
5.) Just because it can be done doesn’t mean that it should be.
There are lots of treatments and technologies out there, and more are introduced in this field all the time. When I consult with an individual, my goal is to formulate a plan of procedures and treatments that are best for you, your face, and your age.
You may not need the treatment that you came in asking about, as it may be too much treatment for your issues. Lips are a common example, as many people request a certain volume of filler in their lips that would be inappropriate and result in the dreaded “duck lips.” I will always recommend procedures that are best for your age and your unique facial structure.
I hope that this philosophical approach will reassure all of you that you will look better, more relaxed, and frankly, a younger version of your current self. I have devoted the past decade of my professional career to continuing education and training in this cutting-edge field of aesthetic medicine.
This professional training has also allowed me to use these techniques to develop top-notch aesthetic judgment that I use with every patient every day. Thank you for joining me in this journey.