Often when I am consulting on an aging face and I ask what bothers the patient the most, I hear “make me look like her” and they point to my 30 year old assistant, or a model in a magazine. I make light of the comment and we laugh it off – but, what’s really going on here?
My aesthetic vision for a 65 year old woman is to make her look very good and very beautiful for her age. Yes, there are facial principles and measurements that I have studied and learned, and think about when I look at my patients. But, I don’t try to force all of those perfections on an individual patient, nor do I try to turn back the clock 30 years. These are the traps that both patients and doctors fall into and where I believe patients start looking un-natural or “surgerized”.