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With cosmetic procedures becoming more widely used, Victoria Tait speaks with Dr Philip Frost from Face Value about what’s currently on trend. What is the most fashionable treatment at the moment?
Trends do come and go in cosmetic medicine, however, the treatments I am most often called on to provide remain Botulinum Toxin (such as Botox® and Dysport®), and dermal fillers. Pleasingly, the glamorised, American, more “in your face” approach hasn’t taken on in New Zealand, where we aim for a far more natural look, with treatments tailored to the individual and focusing on replacing volume and definition in the face, which is often depleted as we age. My younger clients are favouring lip enhancement, yet still opting for a “less is more” approach.
Can you explain the procedures?
Each procedure is dictated by the age and individual needs of the client. It is a collaborative approach where I work with each client to address their specific concerns and work out a cost-effective plan. The aim is to achieve a natural, healthy look. This may involve injecting fillers, for example, into the cheeks to restore mid-face volume, or enhancing the lips to improve definition and volume where required. Botulinum treatments involve injecting small amounts to relax over-dynamic muscles, usually in the frown, forehead and crow’s feet area. This softens and, in time, corrects fixed deep lines.
What results will this achieve?
The aim is always to achieve a refreshed, healthy and natural look. A “good for your years” appearance. In addition to the injectable treatments we advise on skin care and provide other services that work on hydrating and rejuvenating the skin.
What’s a common myth surrounding cosmetic treatments?
There are two that spring to mind. Firstly, that “Botox is a poison”. In fact it is extraordinarily safe and used in many fields of medicine. The doses used in cosmetic treatments are tiny. The second is due to the American TV media’s poor portrayal of aesthetic medicine, constantly showing over treatments and “botched” disasters. Pleasingly, in this country, clients and practitioners alike seek a natural look and such poor outcomes are rare. www.facevalue.co.nz • 03 363 8810
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