So you’re a woman of ‘a certain age’ and you’re thinking about injectables? You’ve always said you’d never have a face lift but these days, injectables — delivered by precise needles– can do most of the heavy lifting (pun intended.)
Since we fit into that murky age between young and not-so-young-anymore, we decided to take the leap and give our readers a first person account of our beauty adventure.
#1 HOW TO PICK A GOOD DOCTOR ?
That’s easy — make sure they are board-certified. For plastic surgery, you want an American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeon. Check out the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Web site.
#2. THEN CHECK THE SURGEON’S RECORD.
If he/she has a long list of malpractice suits against them, there is probably a good reason. Steer clear.
#3. CONSULTATION : Most reputable doctors’ don’t charge for a consultation, so come armed with questions.
Say you want to do an eye lift, ask how many times this doctor has performed the procedure. It had better be almost weekly. The same goes for injectables like Botox or a filler like Restlyn or Collagen. And remember, when it’s your face — or body — you’re talking about, there are no stupid questions.
#4 PERSONAL REFERRAL :If you have someone you know who had a great experience with a doctor, that’s the best recommendation you can get. Ask around. That’s how we found our doctor, Dr.McCoy Moretz who is a Board Certified Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, and for good measure: Fellow of the American College of Surgeons; American Board of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery; American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; and American Academy of Otolaryngology / Head & Neck Surgery.
With over 23 years of experience, we feel confident in his hands. Literally.
It doesn’t hurt that the good doc is part of ‘Mending Kids’, a charity that provides life-changing surgeries to children in need all around the world.
As we wait in Dr. Moretz’s office at F.A.C.E. in Beverly Hills, a lovely woman bounces out into the waiting area with the doc in tow, thanks him profusely and hugs him. All our nervousness disappears. A southern gent, “Dr. Mac” as he apparently has been nicknamed by his patients, patiently explains some of the procedures he would recommend for me – and some he wouldn’t. No up-sell here.
We decide on injectables which would get rid of most of the deep lines around my mouth and nose, using a filler he recommends called Bolotero Balance which Dr. Mac says he has found lasts longer than Restylane and has better results. (Made of a material called hyaluronic acid or HA, the ‘HA naturally exists as a component of our skin. By binding to water, it fills in wrinkles and folds, allowing immediate and smooth correction.’)
He also recommends Botox for the forehead lines, but we’re taking baby steps.
Does it hurt? Not as much as you think. The tiny needles contain something called Lidocaine explains the good Doc, which acts as a local anesthetic. It works instantly – by the time he hands me the mirror the lines has vanished! I think I look 10 years younger. Heck, I feel 10 years younger!
If it weren’t for that fact that I am a serious journalist doing a story, I would have hugged Dr. Mac as well.
Next up: Doc Mac tells us about the ‘Dracula Therapy’ (yes, it’s a thing now) and some of his more popular procedures.
NOTE: Many of our readers have asked the cost of a filler procedure. Here is what Dr. Mac told us:
‘Fillers of different types cost various amounts mainly depending on their longevity prior to absorption and the fee of the injector performing it. Some such as Restylane are be between $450-600 a 1cc syringe and longer lasting ones like Juvederm, Belotero are often between $650-800/syringe. ‘