Cosmetic Consultation: Let's Get Started!

Although the country continues to be in a belt-tightening economy, people still make looking and feeling good a top priority. In fact, I’ve actually seen a higher demand in my practice for non-invasive procedures that help people look their best for an increasingly competitive job market. At the same time, people are budget conscious and need to spend as little time away from work as possible.

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Although the country continues to be in a belt-tightening economy,  people still make looking and feeling good a top priority. In fact, I’ve actually seen a higher demand in my practice for non-invasive procedures that help people look their best for an increasingly competitive job market.  At the same time, people are budget conscious and need to spend as little time away from work as possible.

Minimally invasive procedures are increasingly popular with people who don’t have time for a long recovery or want the side effects associated with painful surgery. Non-invasive treatments such as botulinum toxin (Botox or Dysport), dermal fillers (Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, Sculptra), laser treatments for wrinkles, brown spots, and facial redness as well as non-surgical tightening techniques, can be combined to deliver beautiful, natural-looking results to slow the signs of aging and improve the skin’s appearance. However, there are pros and cons, as well as limitations of every treatment. It’s important to get all the facts about these procedures before deciding on whether the treatment is right for you. 

Results (and I mean realistic results, not like a photo of an air-brushed celebrity or model), recovery time, side effects, and cost (which needs to include maintenance visits) should all factor into the decision. A good relationship with your doctor (whether dermatologist or plastic surgeon) is key to help you achieve realistic goals while also getting the most “bang for your buck.” Information is power. If you arm yourself with some fundamental information about the most popular cosmetic procedures,  you’re in the best position to get the most out of your visit with the doctor.

Over the next few months, my blog entries will include a series of “Cosmetic Consultations” in which many of the frequently asked questions about today’s most  popular cosmetic treatments are reviewed. I’ll give it to you straight: the good, the bad, and the sometimes ugly (bleeding, oozing, etc) aspects of cosmetic treatments. Let’s get started!

Blog written by Elizabeth Tanzi, MD
Dr. Tanzi, Co-Director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC, is an internationally...