Fun With Botox
I live in Scottsdale AZ, home of overblown lips and frozen faces. Sometimes I think people may have forgotten what normal looks like. Or some people just never wanted to look “normal”. I get that. But, most of my patients really want to look just like themselves only a bit younger, a tad more rested. That is what Van Dyke Aesthetics is known for: the natural look.
I once had a patient who asked me for the name of a good plastic surgeon, she wanted her boobs done. I get this request all of the time (this is Scottsdale, remember). I gave her a name of a great guy, good surgeon, who would give her a natural look. I assured her no one would think she had had surgery. Her response: “Why would I want THAT!!?” Turns out that she felt that if she were going to spend all that money, she sure as heck wanted everyone to know. “Give me someone who does stripper boobs”. And of course, it was easy to pair her up with the perfect doc who could give her the pair she really wanted. She was very happy.
Lesson learned, not everyone wants the natural look and I am ok with that.
Sporadically we get a request for a look that is more “Kardashian” and less “what god gave you”. I consider it a style choice rather than bad taste. Who gets to judge another’s taste anyway? Nails used to be painted red, pink or peach. That’s it. Now any color is cool. My toe nails are painted navy blue today. And what about hair color? It’s not that unusual to see purple streaks or sparkly extensions in any age person. We are all expressing our style.
When I get a young person who wants Kylie Jenner lips, I love it! It is fun to give them what they want. There is no harm (literally millions of treatments have been done with rarely an issue). The whole thing is completely reversible in case someone changes their mind.
When I get an older person with the same request, it takes a bit of counseling. Now we are talking wishful thinking, not good reality testing. When the face and body are in their 6th decade of life and we recreate, lips meant for a teenager, the results are not usually what the patient actually wants (there are always exceptions, that’s what makes life so much fun). Bottom line, I follow the Hippocratic oath, “first do no harm”. If the person is of sound mind and understands what the outcome will be and still wants that cosmetic tweak, I am thrilled to be able to help them to achieve their goal.
From natural to Kardashian, it’s all fun.