According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, cosmetic procedures are hotter than ever, and injectables are growing by leaps and bounds in terms of popularity. “Injectables” are just about anything you would inject in your face or anywhere else that would result in a cosmetic improvement (the word “improvement” is used loosely here because very often what occurs is hardly an improvement from the original state). The appeal of injectables is vast- little or no downtime, affordability, and the sort of non-permanent results that leave newbies to the plastic surgeon’s office feeling more comfortable. But, it’s this exact brand of casual plastic surgery that often lets patients slide down the slippery slope of too-much-is-too much.
According to Dr. Thomas Sterry, board certified New York City plastic surgeon, here’s what patients need to steer clear of when opting for injectables like Botox:
- Botoxing too often. If you inject too frequently, the body builds up antibodies actually rendering the injections less effective.
- Frozen face. Injecting too much, too often can leave the face (and other parts) frozen in time and space. There’s nothing less youthful than a motionless face.
- Injecting in the middle of the forehead only. Think Carrot Top, the comedian, on this one. This causes the eyebrows to have an up and out type appearance that isn’t natural or flattering.
- Drooping eyelids. Injecting too close to the orbital rim can leave eyelids saggy and droopy.
If you do choose to inject for a more youthful appearance, here are some good guidelines to stick to:
- Pick a board certified doctor. Remember, you’re injecting medical substances– that’s exactly why a qualified doctor should be the one handling the syringe.
- Go easy on the injections. Start small with one or two areas, overdoing it on an entire face will leave your attempt at looking casually youthful much more obvious.
- Listen to your doctor’s advice on when to come back for new injections. So many injections require regular intervals for their highest efficacy.