“What’s happened to Charlotte’s face!?”
If you’ve been on Twitter or Reddit recently, you’ve probably come across lots of comments like that...
It’s a reference to the character Charlotte in Sex and the City. The series, which became a cultural icon 20 years ago, recently rebooted as “And Just Like That...”
And while all the characters have aged, Charlotte looked more different than the others...
Her face was much broader, her lips were strangely flat and her cheeks are unusually full.
The actress, Kristin Davis, didn’t look quite like herself any more.
Initially, commentators wondered whether she’d had plastic surgery.
But it seems much more likely that she’s had dermal fillers - done badly.
I know that this kind of “unnatural” result is a great concern for many including my clients too.
Fillers are there to help ‘plump up’ areas of the face which have lost volume with age, ‘fill in’ fine lines and wrinkle and give more definition to some of the facial features like the cheeks, lip and jawline.
They’re a key tool to help one look and feel one's best, not to look overfilled or have anyone notice a procedure had been done!
So how can we avoid a result like Charlotte’s?
First, it’s important to understand what must have happened. It’s likely that an over-zealous or inexperienced injector simply used too much product when treating her.
In reality, not much filler is needed to make a great deal of difference to one's appearance.The rule of thumb is that 1ml is injected per decade of your life. So if someone is in his/her 40s, 4ml will typically be used. That may sound like a lot but it’s actually a tiny amount - less than a teaspoon across the whole face!
Unfortunately, some injectors go overboard, especially if they don’t know what they’re doing. There are lots of people injecting fillers with less than a day of training. (unfortunately). Other times, patients are asked to come in for treatment far too often, leading to a build-up of product.
So first, it is important not to cut any corners. One must go to an injector who is experienced, well-trained and who has a reputation for producing natural results.
A medical background, rather then as a beautician is always preferable.
Our clinics have most experienced Drs as well junior but properly trained and certified Dr to do injections. I myself has over 20years experience injectables, not in just in techniques but also in types of material used.
And we follow a specific protocol to make sure we never over-treat our clients.
In your first appointment with us, we’ll always inject the minimum amount of fillers you need.
The results may not be perfect the first round, but then we’ll ask you to come back after 2 weeks, once the fillers have had a chance to settle, so we can judge how much more product you need to get a look you’ll really love... and which will still look completely natural.
Once we know that, it’s easier to maintain the right level in periodic visits, perhaps once ever 3-4 months. (Not more.)
We find that patients really appreciate this “slowly slowly” approach, because it enormously reduces the risk of looking over-filled or unnatural.
So if that’s the kind of responsible approach you, too, would like, why not book a consultation with us.
We can discuss whether you need fillers - if not, or if there’s a better option for you, we’ll tell you! We’ll also answer all your questions and talk about the difference it might make for you.
"Just Like That"
PS. Here’s an example of the kinds of natural-looking, beautiful results we get our clients
Take a look at these recent before-and-afters:
You can see the difference to the corners of the lip where it is no longer downturned , the mid face cheeks are lifted and client looks fresher and "happier"
This clients lips are plumper(fuller) , her nasolabial folds (smile liens) are reduced and her face look more balanced then before. She looks naturally youthful and fresher.
And doesn’t it look natural - you’d never know she’d had a treatment!
To discuss how we can help you too, ring our office on 1300-88-1788 or 0123453779 or email me right back. I'm looking forward to helping you!
dr Sutina Nordin
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