How to Get Natural Looking Results with Your Cosmetic Procedure

We’re all guilty of it — flipping through magazines or even old pictures of our twenty-year-old selves, thinking “I want to look like THAT!” Unfortunately, that’s how some people approach cosmetic surgery, and the results are less than ideal or not what was expected.

The goal of plastic surgery is to look like the best version of yourself. Not the model in the magazine, and not the teenage version of yourself. But the freshest, most vital version of the person you look at in the mirror each day. So how can you get the most natural, beautiful results that cosmetic procedures have to offer?

Start Early and Start Small

The adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” definitely applies to cosmetic procedures. The best way to avoid looking over-done is to start with small, subtle interventions early on to delay certain telltale signs of aging.

For example, you can start Botox© (injectables) treatments when lines first begin to form between your eyes or on your forehead. Botox and other injectables work by stopping muscles from making repetitive motions that create lines. When we treat these muscles with Botox, the lines fade and may even disappear completely, or at least not deepen as quickly as they otherwise would. The earlier you begin Botox treatment, the longer you can go between treatments. While Botox results typically last three to four months, they may last up to six months for very faint lines.

Other early signs of aging can include subtle loss of volume in the middle portion of your face — the area just center of the cheekbones. Loss of volume here causes shadows to form under your eyes and deepens the folds around your mouth, commonly called marionette lines. Fillers, such as Juvederm©, Restylane© or Voluma©, are injected to improve contour in these areas. They work by temporarily improving volume, but they also tend to cause your body to produce collagen. Starting to use these products in your late 30s or 40s will increase the amount of collagen in these areas, which slows down the normal aging process in a very subtle way.

Have Realistic Expectations

When it comes to surgery, many patients will pull on their jawline or eyelids to demonstrate the amount of extra skin they have, and say: “This is what I want gone!” But remember, the goal is to get a result that looks like a better, more rested version of yourself; not to remove all extra skin. Your underlying bone structure and the texture and tone of your skin need to be considered when determining what will make you look your best. Sometimes looking natural means accepting a little line here or a little extra skin there.

Listen to the Experts

So how do you know what will look best? This is where your surgeon comes in. When I perform a consultation, I often have the patient look in a mirror and show me what they think their results will look like. I show them how certain areas may have more or less change than they’re anticipating, based on their anatomy. I also explain how the addition of dermal fillers or Botox can be incorporated to further enhance their results.

When you’re ready to begin cosmetic procedures, your first step should be finding a qualified and experienced cosmetic surgeon who you trust. Your cosmetic surgeon should not only have excellent credentials but should also be someone who listens to your goals, explains the types of procedures you may benefit from and guide you toward the best and most natural results.

Emory Aesthetic Center

Emory Aesthetic Center excels at providing natural results using a variety of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. Schedule your complimentary consultation today.

About Anita Sethna, MD

Anita Sethna, MD, is double board-certified in Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2010. She is an Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine where she has taught since 2011.

Dr. Sethna is the recipient of the AOA Research Award. She is an accomplished expert in her primary areas of interest, rhinoplasty, and injectables. She has published book chapters on the topics of rhinology and rhytidectomy and reviewed manuscripts for the Aesthetic Surgery Journal and the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery.

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