By far, the most common hesitation we hear from patients prior to an injectable procedure is a fear of looking unnatural. Unfortunately, there are too many “Real Housewives” giving filler a bad name. While the overabundance of over injected people on TV and social media may lead patients to believe this is the normal outcome, that is far from true. In fact, many of your friends and family have probably had injectable procedures!
When we see patients for an injectable consultation, we always perform a full-face assessment. While most patients are concerned with a particular line or depression, evaluating and treating the entire face allows for the most natural results. Most patients will benefit from multiple syringes of filler to see optimal results. Four and five syringes of filler can sound very overwhelming for the new patient! There are two key facts to keep in mind when evaluating your aesthetic treatment plan.
1. Every year after the age of 35, we lose, on average 1 teaspoon of facial volume. If a patient is 50 years old, and being seen for the first time, she has lost about 15 teaspoons of volume in her face.
2. One syringe of filler = ¼ teaspoon. Let’s think about that. If that same 50-year-old patient has lost 15 teaspoons of volume, and we treatment plan 6 syringes of filler, that will only replace a small percentage of her volume loss. To simply replace the volume she has lost over time, and “refill her tank”, requires multiple syringes over multiple visits. Even though it may sound like a lot of filler, multiple syringes of filler, injected properly, will still yield a very natural, conservative result.
So, how many syringes do you have? In our office, we have staff members of all ages. Our younger staff members often have several syringes of filler. We ask all our patients to look around. Do our staff look natural, refreshed, and conservative?
Don’t let your fear of looking unnatural stop you from achieving your most natural results. We will develop a long-term treatment plan to replenish lost volume and softly refresh and rejuvenate the face.