A Little Nip, a Bit of a Tuck, a Needle Artfully Placed

August 24, 2016

Is there a  limit on injectable beauty? Can fillers and botox be overdone? Who decides how much is  perfect and how much is perfectly awful? Obviously a physician should have a solid premise and a clinical eye to embellish a woman’s natural beauty, but ultimately it is you who wear the, hopefully, improvements.

When I was 16, I had a lovely French friend in her fifties who was a  beauty mentor to me. She used to say, “We live in profile.” As  I integrated this concept into my make- up application it revolutionized my entire aesthetic regard. I realized it meant so much more than checking your jawline for foundation lines.

Is there a limit on injectable beauty? Can fillers and botox be overdone?

This savvy saying, “We live in profile” is even more important to remember when visiting a physician for some injectables. Familiarize  yourself with the geography of your face and see your actual présentation through others’ eyes.   It can be both unnerving and consoling, but it is always dead-on accurate.

Staying aware of your profile is an active art, for knowing your changing face helps you intelligently converse with your physician your aesthetic desires.  This applies to surgery and  to soft sculpturing with the multitudinous fillers that impart volume, lift and correction to the face.

Injectable errors abound and I must conclude it is a dual misstep. A prodigious pout on an over forty face could be nature but truth lies in the profile.  And while a woman who demands such volume could take heed from the advice of my mentor,  I am also of the opinion that her physician should have his license revoked for lack of aesthetic judgement.

A prodigious pout on an over forty face could be nature but truth lies in the profile.

The woman who chooses  growing old gracefully doesn’t have to deny herself all aesthetic tricks.  A little nip, a bit of a tuck, a needle artfully placed now and again can ease one into an admirer’s memories without any benchmarks of abrupt change.  But she who dives into the fountain of youth over and over, thinking herself a perfect plum of eternal pleasure might find much to her shock that upon profile view, she looks like a caricature of herself.

Spending a bit of time getting to know your face in profile is time profitably spent.  Understanding what you are dealing with helps you and your physician assess and gently refine the aging face.   From that vantage point you can then learn how to minimize imperfections and accentuate your best features.

(First published 01/29/11)