So you’ve decided that 2012 is going to be the year for YOU! You would like to do a little something to help yourself look as good as you feel but are concerned that you might end up looking different or even worse. While there are no absolute guarantees, here are some ways you can safeguard against poor results after cosmetic procedures:
- Do your homework. Remember that injections, laser, and skin tightening treatments require a great deal of judgment to achieve best outcomes. Only go to practitioners with a great deal of experience administering these products. While they may cost a little more up front, you end up with much better value in the long run. Remember, you are trusting your face to this person!
- Have a goal in mind and explain it to your doctor. Explain your aesthetic goals to the doctor and make certain you feel that he/she understands them and are able to address your concerns. Do you have a specific concern or do you just feel as if you look tired in general? If you are not comfortable with the doctor or the suggested treatment plan, seek another opinion.
- Don’t micromanage your doctor. Often patients request treatment with certain products or devices they have seen or heard about in the media. These treatments may or may not be appropriate for you. While it is fine to inquire about a product or service you have seen, trust you doctor’s recommendation as to what your best treatment options will be.
- Avoid products that are not approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). FDA approval indicates that the product or device has been evaluated and found to be safe and effective if used properly. DO NOT undergo treatment with products imported illegally from other countries or that are available in the US but are not FDA approved for aesthetic use (such as silicone).