YAHOO BEAUTY, December 2015
You’ve probably seen it happen. It could be anyone from a celebrity to a co-worker, but one day they appear looking slightly off, like some sort of plastic clone version of themselves. They don’t necessarily look younger or better, which was most likely their goal, they just look weird. It could be a sudden case of chipmunk cheeks, a shiny, frozen, plastic-looking forehead, a droopy Botox-filled eyebrow, or a scary case of duck lips, but when you see someone go from pretty to plastic, it’s terrifying.
Part of the problem is that cosmetic procedures have become so ubiquitous. Celebs are now owning what they are getting done and giving shoutouts to their plastic surgeons. Social media is filled with post-op selfies. Fillers are marketed as something to do on your lunch break. In certain circles, people give Botox parties that pair champagne with filler. It all makes it seem like getting work done is no big deal. It’s not hard to see the appeal; many cosmetic procedures can make people look great. Plus, so many of the new procedures don’t require the pain, trauma, and recovery time of going under the knife. So how can it all go so wrong? And who is to blame?
In a multibillion-dollar industry, there is a lot of profit to be made from doing multiple procedures on patients. The experts say that part of the problem is doctors who do too much and seem to have little discretion about who really needs these procedures. “Five years ago doctors were telling people to start young to prevent wrinkles,” says celebrity facialist Georgia Louise. “But it doesn’t mean you have Botox at 18. I work with a lot of young models, and a lot of them were encouraged to have collagen and Botox. Start as late as you can versus the other way around.” So when should you start, if ever? And is that something you should decide or your doctor? Many doctors believe the responsibility lies with them. Manhattan dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas is not afraid to tell her patients to hold off. “When someone looks well-rested, fresh, and beautiful, the last thing you want to do is anything more. You just keep them as they are.”...