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Do injectable fillers make you look unnatural?

 

drb@drbaumann.com

Injectable fillers like Juvéderm, Restylane, Sculptra and Radiesse are the most popular cosmetic treatments used by dermatologists, and for good reason.

They can erase years from your face instantly. But one of the biggest questions patients ask about these products is, “Will I still look like myself?”

The answer is yes, but there’s a caveat: You must go to an experienced dermatologist. It’s essential to do your homework and be prepared.

Here are a few pointers that can help you get natural, beautiful results:

1. Find a good doctor — and a qualified one. Seek out a dermatologist, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon. If you have a friend who’s had injectables and you like how he/she looks, ask who he/she went to, then do some research to make sure they’re legit.

Avoid dentists, OB/GYNs, anesthesiologists and other doctors that do not have an aesthetic background.

2. Look for a doctor who displays the Allergan Black Diamond Plaque. This means that they have purchased a very large amount of filler material and Botox over the years, which is a good indicator that they are experienced.

3. Start with hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Restylane and Juvéderm because they are temporary and reversible in the event you don’t like the outcome. You want to make sure you’re happy with the results before using a longer-lasting filler like Sculptra or Radiesse.

4. Remember, you can’t see yourself 3-D. The way you look in the mirror is not the same as how you look to others. Find an experienced doctor with an artist’s eye who understands facial balance and proportions.

5. Start slowly with one or two syringes and then work your way up if the doctor feels you need more. Subtle improvement is better than a dramatic change.

6. Have realistic expectations. If you’re 50 and getting injectables for the first time, you’re not going to walk out looking 25.

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