Can beauty improve your emotional health? Many of us might measure a treatment’s success by how we look afterwards, but it’s also important to think about how it makes you feel.
Over the last five years, I have been very involved with training doctors in the use of the MD codes, developed by renowned Brazilian plastic surgeon Dr Mauricio De Maio, and practised by just a handful of experts in the world. The MD codes represent a new language in facial aesthetics that focuses on overall results, so that a patient’s treatment is based on their individual, emotional goals, like looking less tired, more feminine or masculine, or less angry.
With these emotional beauty techniques, we are able to delve much deeper to not just better understand what our patients’ concerns are, but also how they make them feel. For example, we commonly see patients who want to reduce their dark eye circles, but with more conversation and examination, the holistic approach would be to focus on looking less tired and less sad.
By treating the face in this comprehensive and respectful manner, we can achieve the best as well most natural-looking results, leading to high satisfaction rates and improved emotional outcomes.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is a good age for someone to start incorporating the use of botulinum toxin injections and fillers?
A: The earlier you start anti-ageing treatments, the easier it is to maintain your appearance. I recommend patients start anti-ageing botox when they notice their wrinkles sticking around after they’ve stopped frowning or smiling. Around 30 is ideal to start fillers in order to hold lines and wrinkles at bay. Starting before significant sagging and folds set in is my preferred approach because you need much smaller volumes of filler, offering more natural results.
Q: Will people be able to tell if I’ve had injectable work done?
A: Not if done well. Instead, you will receive compliments about how youthful or well-rested you appear. Certain areas are more at-risk for looking potentially unnatural. For example, I would advise going lightly on the forehead as overdoing it here can make the forehead feel heavy and look tired. Aim for a subtle result with Botox rather than seeking to eradicate all the lines — a lower dose might not get you the full 4 to 6 months of effect, but it’s better having to touch up earlier rather than overdoing it.