Injectables for facial rejuvenation have been around for decades now — the first collagen filler was introduced in the 1970s. Fast forward to today, injectables such as Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers are dominating the field of non-surgical cosmetic treatments. With the soaring popularity of injectables, overuse is all too common.
At K Plastic Surgery, we believe there can be too much of a good thing. Injectable overuse can lead to off-putting and overly enhanced results. Here are some keys to avoiding overuse and abuse of injectables.
Having unrealistic expectations is the most common cause of unnatural-looking results from injectables. The FDA has approved each injectable to address a specific cosmetic concern. Take Botox, for example. As the most popular injectable, Botox is extremely effective in addressing issues in the upper third of the face such as crow’s feet and forehead creases but not so much for other areas. For the middle and lower thirds of the face, facial fillers are a better choice. Additionally, fillers can be overdone when patients have unrealistic expectations for how much augmentation they desire, such as overly large lips or heavily sculpted cheekbones.
Too much filler often leaves people with unnatural, disproportionate facial features. The key to achieving desired outcomes with injectables is to think in terms of less is more. Injectables are there to enhance your existing facial features without sacrificing facial balance and harmony. A board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Kayastha or a specially trained injector should understand facial anatomy and how much filler is right for different areas of the face.
Finding a highly experienced injector is the key to avoiding abuse or overuse of injectables. Your injector should be able to recommend which filler suits you best and the exact amount of filler needed to get the results you want. He or she should also be able to recognize possible complications of a specific injectable and have expert knowledge on how to prevent them.
Dr. Kayastha is a board-certified plastic surgeon in Albany, NY, and he has a deep understanding of injectables and facial anatomy. We are pleased to offer a wide range of fillers from Juvederm and Radiesse and will help you develop a customized treatment plan that meets your individual aesthetic goals. To learn more about injectables and fillers in Albany, NY, call our office or fill out an online contact form today.