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"Stepping Away from 'Plastic Copies' of an Ideal Image: The Art of Natural Beauty

Updated: Mar 28

It was back in 2010 when I embarked on a journey into the world of aesthetic medicine, specializing in non-surgical procedures. Little did I know that this path would lead me to witness the ever-evolving trends and techniques that have transformed the way we help our patients achieve a rejuvenated and youthful appearance. In this blog, I want to share with you the importance of preserving specific facial features when using neuromodulators and dermal fillers, and why I believe it's essential in the pursuit of natural beauty. Let's be honest, who wants to look old and tired when they still feel young at heart? I believe the answer is quite simple: no one. As an aesthetic medical practitioner, I've had the privilege of working with countless individuals who seek to regain that youthful glow, and it's my mission to help them achieve this without sacrificing their unique features and expressions. In my years of practice, I've seen the field of aesthetic medicine go through a remarkable transformation. Advances in technology and a deeper understanding of facial anatomy have enabled us to enhance our patients' appearances in ways that were once considered impossible. However, this progress also presents a challenge - the delicate balance between enhancing one's beauty and preserving their individuality. When it comes to treatments like neuromodulators and dermal fillers, the key is to strike the right balance between rejuvenation and maintaining a natural look. I've seen unfortunate instances where individuals have gone overboard with these treatments, resulting in an unnatural, frozen appearance. While some may argue that such outcomes are due to personal preferences, I firmly believe that preserving the uniqueness of one's facial features should always be a priority. Here are a few reasons why I consider it crucial to maintain specific facial features when using neuromodulators and dermal fillers:

  1. Facial Expression: Our faces are incredibly expressive, and our emotions are conveyed through various facial features such as the eyebrows, lips, and cheeks. Overuse of these injectables can lead to a loss of expressiveness and make your face look less animated. It's essential to ensure that you can still smile, frown, and convey your emotions naturally.

  2. Individuality: Every face is unique, with distinct characteristics that make it special. It's important to preserve these unique features while addressing concerns like wrinkles and sagging skin. Overly uniform or cookie-cutter results do not enhance your beauty; they erase it.

  3. Age-Appropriate Enhancement: The goal of aesthetic procedures should be to help individuals look their best at any age, not to turn back the clock so dramatically that they appear unnatural. Embracing the natural aging process while enhancing one's appearance can lead to a more harmonious and graceful aging experience.

  4. Longevity: Overuse of injectables can lead to a shorter duration of effectiveness and the need for more frequent treatments. By preserving specific facial features, we can help our patients maintain their results for a more extended period.

I have been fortunate enough to treat thousands of patients from all corners of the world, and this unique opportunity has been granted to me thanks to my work on cruise ships and in various countries with incredible cultural diversity. Among the places I've practiced, Houston, Texas stands out as a melting pot of cultures, surpassing even the experiences I had while working on cruise ships. The diversity in Houston is simply astonishing – from the delectable cuisine to the warm-hearted people and the rich tapestry of cultures that coexist harmoniously. It's a place I've come to cherish and appreciate deeply. Through my global encounters, I've had the privilege of observing the trends and practices of aesthetic medicine on an international scale. One observation that has deeply resonated with me, and one that I consider a common mistake in our field, is the tendency to transform patients' features to the point where they lose their original characteristics. The result is a world filled with what I can only describe as "plastic copies" of an ideal image. In my opinion, as practitioners in the field of aesthetic medicine, it is our responsibility to tread carefully in this regard. We must recognize the importance of preserving and enhancing the unique characteristics that make each individual special. After all, it's these distinctive features that set us apart and define our beauty. The world today is inundated with unrealistic beauty standards perpetuated by social media and, in some cases, body dysmorphia. People are often bombarded with images of an idealized beauty that may not be attainable for everyone. It is our duty as practitioners, the ones endowed with the power to transform people's appearances, to do so in a way that preserves their natural beauty. I believe that true beauty lies in embracing individuality and enhancing it to bring out the best in each person. It's our job to remind our patients that beauty isn't one-size-fits-all and that their uniqueness is something to be celebrated. In conclusion, my journey through the world of aesthetic medicine has been eye-opening and rewarding. My experiences working with diverse patient populations have reinforced my belief in the importance of preserving natural beauty. Let's not create a world of "plastic copies," but instead, let's be the guardians of genuine beauty and individuality. As practitioners, we hold the gift and the power to make a positive impact on people's lives. Let's use it wisely to preserve, enhance, and celebrate the unique beauty that each individual possesses. After all, there's nothing more beautiful than being comfortable in your skin and confidently showcasing your unique, natural beauty.


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