Will Injectable Fillers Make Me Look Better or Freakish?

Last Friday my wife and I met great friends for dinner at Esin in Danville. It had been a long time since we had dined there and since my wife has gone Vegan we were excited as Esin has a Vegan menu. Our good friends brought an amazing bottle of Alpha Omega Pinot Noir. The server was one of the best we have ever had. The food was spectacular as was the time we had to spend with dear friends. I have never been a huge fan of scallops but my scallops over tagliatelle was scrumptious. What could possible detract from this dining experience? What the heck does any of this have to do with Injectable Fillers you might be wondering? The answer is simple.

During our salad course I happened to glance to my left. At the table to my left, in my direct line of sight, I saw a fortyish attractive woman with one singular distracting feature. Her lips had a distorted appearance that I could tell was from injectable fillers gone awry. The sad thing is that it does not have to be that way. In my opinion, this person would have been better off not having anything done or better yet seeking a highly skilled injector with a better aesthetic sense. If it looks like you’ve had something obviously done, you’re likely better off not doing anything. I wasn’t the only person at our table to notice. There is a reason why this happens that I will discuss. The sad thing is that we can get amazing results with injectable fillers that look fully natural. Many people are afraid to try based upon seeing results like the ones we had witnessed.

PotozkinMD SkinCare and Laser Center is a full-service dermatology center. In addition to medical and surgical dermatology we perform many minimally invasive cosmetic procedures with Botox (and other neuromodulators such as Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau) and fillers. These procedures have gained great popularity. That means that practitioners with different levels of skill and training are performing them. In my practice we have been using injectables since the mid-nineties. The focus has always been the same, to create a natural look and help people to look like the best natural versions of themselves without surgery. I perform many lip filler injections. The goal is always to create a natural enhanced version of what has been diminished by the hands of time. Last week one of my physician colleagues asked me “Do you turn down patients who want you to do a procedure that will make them look ridiculous?” My answer was an emphatic yes. Sometimes I have to protect people from their own bad ideas. Do you think you would get the same results from a master injector as you would from a novice who just came back from a weekend course and now claims to be an expert? I have been at industry sponsored presentations where the audience includes physicians, PAs, and nurses. Sometimes the questions that are asked at these meetings scare me as they show a complete lack of understanding of basic anatomy. I have also had patients of mine lured by a friend or a “deal” at a Botox Party at someone’s home. Invariably, they come back to me to fix a quirky result. These at home or at a hair salon medical treatments are a bad idea and are frowned upon by all reputable professional organizations.

I am delighted to have partnered with Dr. Samantha Ellis. She is a board-certified dermatologist who joined our practice in August 2019. She shares my philosophy of treating each patient as if they were a family member and always putting the patient’s needs first. We share a similar aesthetic sense in always striving to help people look like the best natural versions of themselves. If you are interested in looking your best but have been frightened by the unnatural or freakish results you have seen from injectable treatments put your fear to rest. Dr. Ellis and I are committed to helping you look like your best self, not a distorted version of yourself. Call us today!

*Results may vary from person to person

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