“I would like to say to all women, both those who have already looked into having aesthetic procedures and those who have not yet done so, don’t rush into it!
In order for patients to have a good aesthetic medicine experience, the procedures should be carried out when they feel they are needed and when they truly feel ready …not because some of their similar-aged friends are having things done.
In the very first appointment, my role as a doctor is combined with that of a life coach. After listening attentively to the patient in order to understand their problems and expectations, I explain which treatments I think would be best according to their face, their personality, their lifestyle and their age. Then, by gradually forging a relationship of trust, I show them that they can still be beautiful at any age. Hyaluronic acid injections can be an effective tool for helping patients to glide through the different stages of their life, to make them look fresh-faced and well, without any drastic rejuvenation.
In this way, when a mother comes to see me and asks to look like her daughter, I quickly set the record straight and suggest a treatment that is suitable for her age. And if her 27 or 28-year-old daughter asks me to touch up her facial volumes, I might inject a few drops of hyaluronic acid into her cheekbones, but for a very subtle result. If doctors do not act quickly when faced with unreasonable demands, in a few years’ time we risk finding ourselves in a society plagued by serious psychological problems. We will no longer be able to tell grandmothers, daughters or grand-daughters apart, and the loss of these points of reference is both unsettling and dangerous.
Similarly, I refuse to treat a patient who asks for more hyaluronic acid injections just two months after treatment, when the protocol recommends one session per year.
Women who come to see an aesthetic doctor surrender their face to them. It is because I care for them and respect them so much that I say “no”.