I’m relieved, but even with the glowing reports from many of the women, I’m hesitant. A lot of people I see look frozen, and I’d kind of rather look old than weird.
“The other thing is to make sure the patient really spends time conveying their expectations,” Dr. Tanna warns. “There is no standard. Plastic surgery, whether surgical or nonsurgical, is all patient-specific and customized. Don’t just assume that the provider knows what you want. Spend time to discuss expectations, goals and objectives.”
Gina* 48, understands that too well. “I didn’t love the last time I did Botox. I thought I was too frozen around the eyes and it made my smile weird.”
As a photographer, Laura sees it all the time. “I’m constantly staring at people’s faces. When I say smile, and they say, ‘I am,’ I’m thinking, ‘You literally can’t, can you?’”
I’m so curious. Is that the look they want, I ask her?
“I don’t know,” she says. “It’s not like I ask.”
“Some people want a look that is clearly augmented, for example with their lips, while others want a more natural look,” Dr. Tanna says, reiterating the importance of communication with your doctor.
“You need to be careful,” Jen agrees. “I don’t want to be 50, looking 50, but trying to look 30. I just want to be a better looking 50.”
I can’t argue with her results. She looks fabulous. And, of course today, appearance is even more relevant. Just scroll through Facebook or Instagram. It’s not hard to see how obsessed we all are with ourselves. “The selfie trend has increased people’s self-awareness of how they look and has gotten people more attuned to their face,” says Dr. Tanna. “Selfies are a game changer.”
But is that a good thing?
“I think it’s a good thing as long as patients are doing it for themselves. If they’re pleasing other people, it’s a bad thing.”
Jen says, “If I can fix something, why not? Why do you wear nice clothes? Why do you wear makeup? We all want to feel good about ourselves.”