When it comes to hair and makeup looks, trends always lead the charge, but is that the case when it comes to cosmetic enhancement? Should you be getting your lips done like Kylie Jenner or undergo a shot of Botox because it’s all the rage? We talked to informed experts, Dr. Jamil Ahmad, MD, FRCSC di- rector of research and education at The Plastic Surgery Clinic in Toronto and Dr. Kucy Pon, MD, FRCPC, cosmetic dermatologist at the Sunnybrook Dermatology Clinic in Toronto, about whether keeping up with the Kardashians’ latest treatment craze is wise, or if there’s a better approach when it comes to longer lasting treat- ments and procedures, such as facial rejuvenation or cosmetic surgery.

1. TRUST THE EXPERTS

Picture this: a new patient walks into a cosmetic dermatologist’s office for a consultation. Her name is Jennifer Brown, she’s in her 30s and is thinking about getting PRP, also known as the vampire facial made popular by Kim Kardashian’s social media posts and YouTube. Her skin is in pretty great condition, no real volume loss, but she has dark circles around her eyes and looks a little tired. She asks the dermatologist for the PRP because that’s “what’s in” so to speak.

“Regardless of how a patient became aware of a treatment, I want to know what their concerns are and will then o er them options to address these concerns,” says Dr. Ahmad. “Many times, patients come in thinking they need a certain treatment and actually need something di erent, or he
or she is an unsuitable candidate for that treatment. Patients come to us for advice because they rely on us for our expertise.”

Like all professionals in the cosmetic enhancement industry, Dr. Ahmad com- bines listening to a patient’s concerns with conducting a thorough analysis to yield balanced, proportioned and natural-looking treatment results.

Similarly, Dr. Pon begins her consulta- tions by asking patients what bothers them most when they look in the mirror. “Then, with their permission, I point out things on their face that may make them look tired and weary and o er suggestions on how to improve it. Some people have sunken temples, some having sagging cheeks and jowls, some have thin lips, deep wrinkles, etc. You have to assess the entire face and then come up with a plan specific to the patient.”

Every person is unique and requires a consultation and procedure protocol indi- vidual to them, which is why cosmetic doc- tors and surgeons are often seen as artists, since there is no template or cookie-cutter way to treat a person.

2. A COMMON GOAL OF GREAT RESULTS

If patients insist on a specific treatment they think is right for them, as trained experts, cosmetic dermatologists and surgeons educate their patients on what they can benefit from and why a certain treatment won’t yield the results they want.

“If someone asks for a procedure that isn’t right for them, I explain that their skin type, facial structure, and facial features are unique and not like J.Lo, for example, so what might look great on J.Lo may not look great on [someone else],” says Dr. Pon.

This kind of recommendation goes beyond appearances and is also for a patient’s safety. “If a procedure isn’t right for a person, I wouldn’t do it as it may have side e ects and complications, or
it may look simply terrible and he or she might completely regret doing it,” she adds.

Dr. Ahmad agrees: “As plastic surgeons, we have an obligation to our patients to try our best to help them understand how the outcome of specific treatment will look. Regardless of the proce- dure, patients desire a great result, so if a procedure will not lead to this, then we should inform the patient of this.”

3. AU NATUREL

Once you feel comfortable enough to proceed with your expert of choice, what guidelines should you request

from them in terms of what to expect from a positive treatment result? And what is it that most of their patients want to see in their results?

“This year the emphasis is on smoothness as opposed to fullness. People are afraid of looking artificial with big lips
and overly plump cheeks,” says Dr. Pon. “With the launch of Restylane Skinboosters and other products that hydrate and smooth the skin, we are now able to improve it’s quality to give it glow and radiance. Volumizing sunken areas and filling deep lines is still necessary, but not overfilling or overcorrecting because it looks very unnatural.”

The end goal is to look like a refreshed and well-rested version of yourself, basically the best version of you after facial inject- ables. You should not look like a completely di erent person. And the same goes for surgical procedures. “There is a trend towards patients requesting results that appear natural so they don’t look operated on,” says Dr. Ahmad. Although trends come and go, re- sults that enhance a patient’s beauty will always be in fashion,” he adds. “Avoiding the ‘operated look’ is key and natural-appearing results are timeless regardless of the procedure.”

We couldn’t agree more. Always let your true self shine through.