Plastic Surgeon Injects His Own Face [VIDEO]

A. Foley on 17 Aug 2012 at 9:00am


Dr. Rian A. Maercks, a Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon, recently took a new approach to try to prove his point. And we warn you, there are a lot of needles involved. Dr. Maercks is spreading his philosophy of “aesthetic facial balancing,” a procedure which uses a high volume of fillers like Juvederm to achieve a youthful, smooth look. Instead of using the typical one to two vials of filler that most procedures use, Dr. Maercks advocates using no less than eight to 10, and often more.

Recently, Dr. Maercks  decided to take matters (and results) into his own hands – literally. In an attempt to show that what’s often considered “overdone,” doesn’t have to look overdone, Dr. Maercks injected an alarming 35 vials of filler into his own face in the video below. The feat aims to support his claim that, with proper technique and appreciation for light and facial structure, doctors can wind the clock back on faces.

Beyond seeing what the face can sustain, one of the key takeaways from the clip is his line, “I now understand…” Going above and beyond proving a point about what fillers have the potential to do, Dr. Maercks had undergone a lesson in empathy – putting himself in the patients’ shoes, and understanding about the psychological and physical associations (like completely numb eyes) of the procedure.

Even with receiving standard amounts of injectables, RealSelf community members have experienced complications, such as eye bruising and extended swelling.


What are your thoughts on "aesthetic facial balancing?" Do you think higher doses are OK in the hands of professionals? Share your thoughts below!


video credit: the maercks institute