Sarah Kinonen wrote this story for Allure on modern day aesthetic dermatology titled Here’s Why Injectable Anti-Aging Treatments Are Trending. Though she primarily focuses on her appreciation for “imperfections” the real case being made in this story is for high-tech natural aesthetic dermatologists like Dr. Lisa Airan who understand nuances of beauty — and don’t have “a paint-by-numbers approach to needle work.”

Some stand-out quotes from the story include this pro-tip from Jessica Wu, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles:

So for anyone who is thinking of going under the syringe and doesn’t want to look a little crazy, Wu has some advice: If a dermatologist’s office won’t tell you how many injections they do in a week, that’s your first red flag. ‘You don’t want to be someone’s 5th patient or their 500th,’ says Wu. ‘You want to be their 5,000th.’

And this wisdom from Boston-based dermatologist Ranella Hirsch:

‘It’s your expressions and quirks that make you beautiful—I fundamentally accept that God is better at creating faces than I am,’ says Hirsch, pausing for a moment. ‘I’m just here to tweak.’

As a world-renowned industry leader, Dr. Airan agrees that you should have confidence in your doctor’s abilities and expertise — that’s why she suggests you know your doctor’s credentials. (For example, Airan is Board Certified in Dermatology and a member of the American Society for Dermatological Surgery.) You should also talk to your doctor about the type of results you would prefer, such as a natural look. This type of preliminary dialogue with your doctor can help prevent some of the worst-case-scenarios Kinonen writes about in her story.

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