Patients come from all over the world for that elusive “natural look” that gives them a relaxed, refreshed look while still looking exactly like themselves. While I can change a person’s face in a significant and dramatic way, what I am known for is my “natural touch” Yes, it may seem as though you have lost some years, but you should still look like you. Most of my patients tell me that their friends and spouses can’t quite figure out what has happened.. Only that everyone keeps complimenting them on how good they look. I feel that I am a walking advertisement for what I believe. I am open and honest about my age, and what I do, yet patients are often surprised at how old I am.
The biggest concern I hear from patients is that they are concerned they will look “over-done”. At a recent meeting, I was quite surprised by what I heard other physicians describe as “natural”. All of these talks where the speaker claimed natural appearing results, explained how to do change the basic characteristics of a person’s face, making a square face more round, giving someone a heart shaped face, making larger lips, augmenting cheekbones, giving people a new bone structure and more. I left with a deeper understanding of my patient’s fears of looking “unnatural”.
A critical and crucial part of creating a natural look for a patient is to carefully examine and evaluate each individual as an individual. We are all different and we all age differently. Thus, the best solution for you, is not likely to be the exact same plan that would be best for your friend or sibling.
My patient told me this story one day and I consider this to be one of my greatest compliments… She had flown in for treatment and met a group of girl friends at The Ivy for lunch. A well known plastic surgeon happened to be there and knew one of the women. He came over, and went around the table letting each one know what he thought he could do for her. When he came to my patient, he looked at her and exclaimed… “Damn, you’re beautiful and you do nothing!” She smiled and replied “Thank you, Dr. Grossman”.