The success of Botox is immense. According to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Botox procedures ranks number one when it comes to most performed non-surgical treatment, beating out the second most common procedure by almost double.
Due to this success, and the fact that the procedure itself is technically fairly simple, many different doctors are offering the procedure. Dr. Daniel Maman, a board certified plastic surgeon from NYC, admits that a procedure is on the outside simple, but the art and craft that a surgeon who knows facial anatomy best brings to the table is unparalleled.
by Adam McMillon
and Daniel Maman, MD
Getting In on the Botox Craze
Plastic surgeons wield Botox, helping revive and refresh the faces of patients without having to go into facelift territory. Now dermatologists work with Botox, and general surgeons, even your dentist might offer it! Is it really that widespread and simple to do?
“The reason for that is that the technical aspects are actually quite simple,” admits Maman. “The truth is, there’s an art to it. The beauty of being a plastic surgeon is that we understand the facial anatomy and facial aesthetics.”
Assessments and Consults
A plastic surgeon also can help bridge the gap between what a patient might think they need and what they actually need to improve their look. A person might go to the dentist, say they need Botox and receive it without the dentist ever commenting if they even need it. After all, not everyone benefits from it.
A consult and thorough assessment happens for each patient at Maman’s office, offering fine-tuned results, whether it’s Botox or not. “This is not just a shop where people come in and we inject the forehead and the crow’s feet automatically,” says Maman. “We make a very detailed assessment of the patient. We understand what will give them the most natural look. Some patients are not great patients for Botox, either because their upper lids are low or their brows are descending. We don’t want patients to look unnatural. That glossy, artificial and frozen face you oftentimes see at Hollywood award shows… That’s a very unnatural look and a dead giveaway.”
A Conservative Approach
Maman takes a Botox consult one step further by conservatively injecting the product the first time, waiting a few weeks to let it settle, then having the patient come back for a complementary touch up. In this way, he is able to fine-tune the procedure, giving the natural look his patients desire.
“It is our practice that during the first evaluation for either Botox or any type of filler, we start off extremely conservatively,” explains Maman. “I tell patients that everybody’s face responds a little bit differently. So what I do is start off conservatively and then have the patients come back within 10-14 days after that first consult for a complementary touch up. That allows me to give them a very natural result and this way I know for future treatments exactly how much they need.”
Given the many examples of an over done face out there, where reality shows routinely show off Botox gone wrong, patients should take the time to consult with the best, ablest specialist to get the best results. Dr. Maman’s practice may take more time and effort on the parts of both doctor and patient, but the results speak for themselves.
“This is our way of technique for safeguarding the patient to ensure that they have a very natural result.”