‘I Would Never Have a Cosmetic Procedure’


Have you heard that one before? Newsflash. Whether you’re getting your teeth whitened or straightened, have a brow lift or Botox, even if it’s a just fancy décolletage cream, they’re all forms of cosmetic treatment.

We like to blame the selfie phenomenon for making cosmetic procedures more popular, but let’s face facts: well before smart phones became prevalent we were already scrutinizing our faces and bodies and wondering what we could do to make ourselves a little bit more (ahem) perfect. Selfies and social media simply thrust the conversation into the limelight eventually making it more “acceptable” to admit (or flaunt) that you had a little something done. So if you think you’re fighting the good fight by not succumbing to our national enthusiasm for cosmetic treatments, maybe it’s time to give yourself a break and admit that maybe — just maybe — you can consider improving that one thing you try to ignore every time you look in the mirror. Here’s a little food for thought:

One word: Fillers. Injectable dermal fillers (Juvéderm, Restylane) are one of the biggest and best non-surgical tools available to refine facial features or anti-age the face:
  • Reshape or revolumize your lips
  • Restore youthful cheeks
  • Create an angular jawline
  • Fix hollow eyes
  • Fill lines and wrinkles (smoker’s lines, brow, nasolabial folds)

If it an hourglass figure you’ve always wanted, meet CoolSculpting. Proven safe and effective, this tried and true technology doesn’t just slim the waistline it can do so much more:
  • Eliminate back fat
  • Slim the inner and outer thighs
  • Reduce a double chin 

Great skin is the icing on the cake — and it will make you feel really good about yourself too. Professional exfoliation (microdermabrasion, chemical peels), medical-grade skin care (including retinol) and good daily sun protection, can help to treat these issues:
  • Acne and blemishes
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Clogged pores
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Dullness
  • Dryness
  • Enlarged pores
  • Sun damage
  • Uneven skin tone and texture

The moral of the story here is that it’s okay to give yourself permission to make physical improvements with cosmetic surgery. The beautiful thing about this medical specialty is that you CAN.

Dr. M
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Shrewsbury Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon