At plastic surgeons’ offices and medical spas around the country, non-surgical treatments to erase signs of aging have taken off in the past few years, gaining in popularity as more and more people choose them over surgical procedures such as facelifts. Although there are many highly trained aestheticians out there who can achieve good results with laser treatments and products such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and dermal fillers, the best results come from a plastic surgeon. At my Baltimore-area practice, I perform each and every injection.
The face is a complex and delicate area of the body. Just underneath the skin lies a tightly clustered system of muscles that controls every wink, smile, and furrowed brow. Because facial anatomy is so elaborate, it’s not uncommon for an inexperienced practitioner to administer treatment to the wrong areas, causing unpredictable results.
There is a considerable variation among individuals regarding the relative activity of specific muscle groups, creating different patterns of facial wrinkles and common asymmetries. If the practitioner is inexperienced in the nuances of facial anatomy, the same “cookbook” treatment plan will be used for all patients. This approach commonly leads to unfavorable results because it does not take into account the anatomic differences among individuals.
Although these results are rarely dangerous, they can cause temporary disfigurement. When you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to administer BOTOX Cosmetic, dermal fillers, and other minimally invasive treatments, you’re entrusting your face to someone with years of knowledge and experience working with all aspects of the face.
All medical procedures carry risk, although to what degree varies from procedure to procedure. Minor complications, such as bruising, swelling, redness, and pain are not uncommon, but they can all be minimized by choosing an experienced medical practitioner. Many doctors employ aestheticians to perform these procedures, but for the highest chance of a safe and effective result, I always recommend starting from the top — with a board-certified plastic surgeon.