The three comments that I often hear both in the office and socially are:
“Dr. Persky,can you tell when someone has had some plastic surgery done?”
“Doc, why does everyone who has plastic surgery look the same?”
“I want to look better, but I don’t want those big apple cheeks and hugh lips!”
We all can tell when someone has had obvious plastic surgery. If our treatments result in a obvious “done” result, then we have failed as plastic surgeons. These obvious cases of poorly performed aesthetic treatments without a sense of artistic vision may “all look the same.” They have the same big lips, big cheeks, and paralyzed facial expressions.
Conversely, when plastic surgery or aesthetic treatments are performed properly resulting in a natural appearance, then most of us, including myself and other expert plastic surgeons cannot tell that anything has been done.
The way to achieve your goal of looking better, a better more rested youthful version of yourself, is to make sure that your aesthetic physician is well trained, skilled, knowledgable, and most importantly posesses a natural sense of artistic vision.
Beauty is perceived and appreciated in a blink of the eye, in a millisecond. Our brains are programmed to see natural proportions, symmetry, light, shadows, and highlights and immediately tell us if someone (Jennifer Lopez) or something (say a Ferrari) is beautiful and proportioned. On the other hand, if a face is disproportionate, our subconscious primordial brain immediately tells us that the appearance is unhealthy, infertile, and someone with whom we should not exchange DNA with for the sake of our species ultimate survival; they look like freaky aliens. All the while, our cognitive or verbal response is often, “She/he looks ‘funny’. What did they have done?”
At your initial consultation as well as at each of your subsequent visits, Dr. Persky uses his expert sense of artistic vision to analyze your face. This analysis allows Dr. Persky to give you your blueprint for natural rejuvenation. The analysis includes your forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, neck, as well as your skin tone, texture, and color. Your overall facial shape and natural Ogee curves are considered as well.
The face can be divided into thirds horizontally (the forehead, the mid-face, and the mouth) and vertical fifths, each the width of the distance between the inner corners of the eyes (the only measurement on the face that does not change with aging). Leonardo da Vinci described the “Devine Golden Ratio” or “Phi” over 500 years ago and it is as relevant today as it was when the Mona Lisa was painted (did you know that da Vinci never signed his works as he believed that a work of art was never complete!) Dr. Persky uses a Phi caliper to measure the distance between your eyes, and uses that and his built-in artistic sense of proportions as a guide to restoring your face to it’s natural appearance before the aging process of volume loss of bone and fat began (unfortunately it begins in all of us from about age 25 on).
Dr. Persky loves to discuss beauty and natural proportions with his patients. Please call and schedule your complimentary facial analysis with Dr. Persky. Be well!