In a world of minimally invasive nonsurgical facial rejuvenation procedures, striking a balance between trend and what’s aesthetically attractive remains the goal. The advent of cosmetic injections such as Botox and fillers has afforded patients with numerous aesthetic possibilities. While this is true, finding the right medical professional such as a board-certified plastic surgeon or their handpicked aesthetic nurse specialist to deliver these injection series is of the utmost importance since their in-depth understanding of the facial anatomy is superb.
Unwavering commitments among these medical professionals, particularly plastic surgeons who are considered excellent by their own peers, have to balance ethics when facial trends emerge. Their Hippocratic Oath bounds them to uphold professional and moral principles which encompass the best care for their patients.
In a patient consultation, doctors will listen to the aesthetic wishes of their patients. If a patient requests a procedure which a doctor believes would not be advantageous to their appearance, a candid discussion will take place on why this is so.
An example of this would be lip augmentation via fillers. Lip enhancement is considered one of the top leading trends. Candidates for lip augmentation may inquire about a treatment for one or more of the following reasons:
- Naturally thin lips
- Lips which have lost volume with age
- Correct the appearance of uneven lips
- Quick recovery following an injection series
In a consultation, a doctor will determine if enhancing a patient’s lips will help balance one’s facial contours. If a doctor feels as if a patient is a good candidate for the procedure and moves forward with the treatment, a collision between ethics and aesthetics may collide if a patient requests more filler which would outsize their lips following the procedure.
It’s important to note that this just doesn’t pertain to lip enhancement. This applies to “over injecting” other parts of the face, such as augmenting the cheeks or minimizing wrinkles via Botox. It all falls into the same aesthetic category.
The results of cosmetic injections should be subtle and undetectable by others.
While trends do shape culture, it’s ultimately the responsibility of a board-certified plastic surgeon to provide their patients with timeless beauty in a natural looking way.
Even though a patient may have their own particular view on how their nonsurgical facial rejuvenation should look, it’s important to discuss it in detail if a medical professional may not fully agree. If the reasons aren’t totally understood, do ask for more explanation and clarification.
Above all, doctors in this aesthetic field have a distinct vision and don’t want to compromise it based on trend.