I was at dinner at Three Sheets in Atlanta the other night and
noticed a trend among my fellow swanky diners. Hyaluronic acid overdose!
Fillers galore….and it wasn’t pretty! Now, why would I make such a fuss about
over- inflated gals that could be my potential clients? … Because, I am
obsessed with education and I don’t want a bunch of miss-guided consumers out
there making a bad name for the anti-aging scene. Don’t get me wrong, I am a
big fan of injectables. There is certainly a place for the miracle plumpers
when it comes to replacing lost fat pads and filling lines. The issue is with
overfilling and starting fillers too young. Pillow face is the endearing
Hollywood pet name for celebrities that have overfilled. The cheeks are larger
than life fiercely competing with the eyes, and the nasolabial fold is nearly nonexistent
with a fairly large pucker to top it off.
How to avoid this terrible cookie cutter aging-Betty trend? The
trick is to accentuate your natural features and face shape while being careful
not to go overboard, even a little bit. More importantly know how to fight the
war, not the battle. Why do we need fillers?- because our collagen is breaking
down causing our skin to sag a bit creating deeper nasolabial folds with each
passing year. The war is not against those nasolabial folds, but the collagen
break down. Starting preventative skin care including a regimen with retinoids,
laser treatments, and chemical peels in the late twenties through the thirties
will increase collagen. If you are making up for lost time try laser
resurfacing, laser skin tightening, and IPL treatments that will surely kick
that collagen formation into high gear, and don’t be afraid of strategically
placed fillers in moderation.
It’s a great way to smooth the facial skin and make the application of makeup absolutely flawless. Perfect for events or social bunnies that can’t afford the down time that comes with peels, dermablading is the darling of manual exfoliation!
Your nurse gently glides a surgical blade over the surface of the skin to remove drab dead skin to reveal a lovely glow. It has the added benefit of removing vellus hair (peach fuzz). It will grow back over 2-3 weeks, but it will not be thicker, darker, or more coarse than before. With aggressive exfoliation expect a bit of redness right after the procedure that will fade over a couple of hours and the smoothest skin of your life. Costs vary around $60-90 depending on location and add on treatments. This manual sloughing should be done once a month as maintenance. Some clients flake a few days after the treatment, and it is important to keep the skin moisturized and NEVER EVER pick or pull peeling skin. I recommend this fine facial treatment for most skin types (esp sensitive, rosacea, or Asian) as it is a great alternative to microdermabrasion. Steer clear if you have acne.
One needs only to flip on the TV or open a magazine to be bombarded with lovely images of rosy plump pouts, high cheek bones, gorgeous shiny hair, and clear luminous skin. The perfect waist to hip ratios saunter down red carpets accessorized with ultra long lashes and pearly white teeth. Well, it looks like someone did their research because all of these coveted Hollywood assets are described by scientists studying evolutionary psychology as indicators of youth and fertility in women. What other attributes made the list? a gummy smile, high forhead, light colored hairless skin, and a low healthy BMI. Thank the good lord for medical esthetics!