The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting the Best Aesthetic Outcome

With the flourishing of the beauty industry, looking good is now as attainable as getting a haircut. However, not all women get the same quality aesthetic results. Some look fabulous after their makeovers, yet others bear obvious signs of surgical manipulation, becoming a caricature of their former selves.

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Unlike hair, where a bad haircut can be outgrown, the results of a poor aesthetic procedure cannot always be as easily reversed.

Unfortunately, unlike hair, where a bad haircut can be outgrown, the results of a poor aesthetic procedure cannot always be as easily reversed. Many women live to regret their poor aesthetic decisions made on the spur of the moment. We ask some of the most beautiful women in the beauty industry who are not afraid to admit they have had some enhancement in the looks department, to share what are the 4 most important factors that determine the finest aesthetic outcome.

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pink1 CHOICE OF DERMATOLOGY OR PLASTIC SURGERY CLINIC: GROUP VS SOLO

“The doctors (in the group practice) were actually less pushy than in the small solo practice where the single doctor was obviously more worried about paying the rent than my overall well-being”

“A small one-man practice will not give optimal medical advice in my opinion” says Kellyann, 34, who have had her rhinoplasty last year. “Because a small practice may have limited treatments or services, your doctor will naturally push you towards the narrow offerings even if they are not the best option for you”.

“I had been seeing a small aesthetic practice near my home and my doctor kept doing nose fillers for me, convincing me that that was the best option for me, even though I didn’t get the desired results and kept telling her so! The problem was she didn’t have many other options as she was limited in her skills and the treatment available” recalls Kellyann.

“It wasn’t until I consulted a big aesthetic and plastic surgery group practice which had over ten doctors and plastic surgeons, that I was truly given a clearer picture of all the available options which included nose thread lifts and nose implants. I found that in a larger practice, I had better overall care and a more balanced treatment. What’s more, I found that in the latter, the doctors were actually less pushy than in the small solo practice where the single doctor was obviously more worried about paying the rent than my overall well-being”.

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pink2 PRICE VS QUALITY

“Six sessions of Exilis down, I realized I was not seeing any results. Not only had I spent the equivalent of the price of a Thermage, I had wasted six hours of my life spent over six sessions at the doctor’s office which I will never get back!”

Many women would kid themselves that a $50 laser facial is the same as a $500 laser treatment. That is akin to saying that a $10 handbag is the same as a Birkin. If you are too conscious about quality to carry a fake, why take the risk with something invisible such as a laser and put your skin at risk? Lasers are complex pieces of technology where variations in quality are tremendous. Like any high-tech toys such as a sportscar, price do equate differences in quality and hence outcome.

“I had always done yearly Thermages with my dermatologist in New York” explained Lorraine, 42, a freelance writer. “Then I was attracted by this new low price radiofrequency alternative at a newly opened clinic near my workplace”.

“I was told by the doctor that the new treatment Exilis was almost the same as Thermage, both being radiofrequency, except that with Exilis, it is much cheaper. But when it comes to effect, you will get the same effect after a couple of sessions” she continues.

“Six sessions of Exilis down, I realized I was not seeing any results. Not only had I spent the equivalent of the price of a Thermage, I had wasted six hours of my life spent over six sessions at the doctor’s office which I will never get back!”

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pink3 LESS IS MORE

“One day, my best friend brought me aside and told me straight to my face that I looked like Meg Ryan’s ugly twin sister”

We have all been there. We get a good result from a filler or an anti-wrinkle injection, and we start to extrapolate. What if I double the dose, won’t I look twice as good? The simple answer is a resounding NO! When it comes to looking beautiful, the key is to stay on the side of looking as natural as possible. There is a thin line between looking good and looking overdone.

“I had my lips filled before Christmas and I loved it. I thought it made me look sexy, yet was subtle enough to be undetectable, or so I thought” exclaimed Christie. “I don’t know what happened but I must have gotten kind of addicted to it so I kept going back for what I thought were ‘top-ups’. I must have gone back four times in four months”.

“One day, my best friend brought me aside and told me straight to my face that I looked like Meg Ryan’s ugly twin sister. Whatever I was doing to my lips has got to stop now!”

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pink4 COMBINATION TREATMENTS IS KEY

“But when I hit 45, I wanted a bigger change and I underwent the Infinity Lift with Dr Kenneth Lee. I have never looked back since”

There is no such thing as a great outcome from one type of treatment.  Imagine creating a gourmet dish from one ingredient… The key to obtaining optimal results is to combine both invasive and non-invasive treatments. Both have their pros and cons, and when used together, they can provide synergistic end points. Invasive treatments can deliver transformative results but are associated with higher risks, so they should be selectively employed. However they do have their place as they can address issues that non-invasive options cannot. Non-invasive aesthetic treatments have their limitations, and working around these limitations require clever use of the former.

“I had been doing Ulthera since I was 35 years old” said Juliana, a homemaker in her late forties. “But when I hit 45, I wanted a bigger change and I underwent the Infinity Lift with Dr Kenneth Lee. I have never looked back since”.

“Will I ever go for a surgical facelift? I will never say never. If I cannot get the kind of results from non-surgical treatments, then that will certainly be an option I would consider.”

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