Aesthetic surgery can get a bad rap in the media. Magazines love to flaunt pictures of celebrities who no longer look like themselves. And yes, there are a number of famous people who have chosen to use aesthetic procedures or surgery to change how they look. However, this has never been my philosophy. My job, as a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, is to help you look better, not different. This is why I am diligent about doing everything in my power to deliver a natural looking result. I want you to walk into a room, and have friends ask if you just got back from vacation or have a new haircut. They know that you look great, but can’t quite pinpoint why. My goal is to always keep you looking like you, just the best version of you. Here is how I make that happen.
Since its February and lips are on the mind, let’s begin by discussing a lip augmentation with fillers. This is one of those procedures where even the tiniest bit of poorly placed filler can cause problems. As with anything aesthetic, delivering a natural looking result is all about creating harmony by restoring proper proportion. You might not think of them that way, but your lips anchor the bottom third of your face. While some patients simply lose the genetic lottery when it comes to lips, most people lose fat in this area with age. Restoring some of this volume with a properly placed filler is a very simple way to brighten and rejuvenate your entire face.
It is critical, however, to see a highly skilled injector who performs a lot of lip augmentation procedures. To deliver a natural looking result, I need to choose the right filler or fillers for your anatomy and needs. This may include a more robust filler such as Restylane® for the vermillion border around your lips or something like Juvéderm Volbella® for delivering a very subtle, hydrating plumpness to the pads of the lips. While your desired outcome is a driving factor in the choice of fillers that we use, at the end of the day, your new lips must work within your facial contour. This is what will keep you from winding up on the cover of Star magazine.
Natural Looking Breast Augmentation
Another procedure where too much is never a good thing is breast augmentation. As a breast surgery expert, I can say for fact that not only is it not good aesthetically, but it’s also not good for the long-term health of your breasts. Again, it all comes down to anatomy and proportion. A breast implant must fit within the confines of your chest wall. However, we’ve all seen examples of women who flaunt this rule and choose an implant that is way too big for their anatomy. While I am a firm believer in everyone’s right to look how they want, the end result of this choice is that, in all likelihood, the implant won’t stay in place over time. All of that weight will pull on the skin and tissues of your breasts which are already losing collagen and elastin with each passing year. The end result is implant malposition where the implants:
- Drop below the inframammary fold or crease beneath the breasts
- Slip sideways towards one or both armpits
Choosing the right implant for your anatomy, lifestyle and needs is part art and part science. So, again, you want to see a surgeon who has a ton of experience, and who is going to be honest with you about what your body can and cannot maintain. I want all of my breast augmentation patients to look and feel like the best version of themselves, and I want these great results to be long-lasting. Surgery of any kind is an investment. Part of my job is to make certain that it continues to pay dividends for years to come.
Last, but not least, I want to discuss body contouring. It’s a category that includes a number of different procedures. The most common ones in my practice, other than the aforementioned breast augmentation, are:
With a combination procedure such as the Mommy Makeover, I am obviously addressing multiple areas of the body at once, but even in my single focus procedures, I am always considering your entire torso. This is because I am literally re-sculpting your body so that your breasts, abdomen and hips work together. When those three are in better alignment, it will naturally make your waist look smaller, your stomach flatter, and your buttocks more lifted. A well-executed body contouring procedure can truly transform your entire self, both inside and out. It’s one of the many reasons why it’s one of my passions, and a cornerstone of my practice.
To find out more about lip augmentation with fillers, breast augmentation, body contouring, or any other surgical or non-surgical procedure with Dr. Sean Doherty at his Boston or Brookline office, contact us today or call (617) 450-0070 to schedule a consultation.