Trusting Your Face to a Doctor is a Big Decision. Dr. Ernest Roman Gives Tips on Finding the Right Match for You
Finding the right doctor to do your aesthetic procedures procedure can be overwhelming. There are many options to choose from, lots of reviews and before and after pictures to sift through. “Finding the right doctor for you should take time and research,” said Dr. Ernest Roman. “This is a serious procedure and you want to be extremely satisfied with your final results.”
Dermal filler treatment requires skill to achieve a safe treatment without complications and the results desired. The internet can be your best friend in your search, as it can assist you in finding a doctor with a background in cosmetic medicine who is board certified and has plenty of experience performing the treatment you are hoping for. Many practices are active on social media, so you can see the results achieved by a doctor before committing and whether those results will be a good fit. Make sure to look at before and after photographs of patients who have a similar facial structure to you, so you can envision how the results will translate on your face.
Though reading reviews and doing research online can be helpful, the in-person consultation can seal the deal, said Ernest T. Roman M.D. “Communication is key when getting dermal fillers or any kind of cosmetic treatment,” he said. Find a doctor who takes the time to answer your questions and explain what will happen, who tells you your options and possible complications that could occur and who doesn’t make you feel stupid for having lots of questions. Always trust your instincts and if something doesn’t feel right or you don’t feel you can completely trust a doctor, it is OK to leave.
Communication is a Two-Way Street
Stressed Dr. Ernest Roman Pain Management. “It’s crucial, to be honest with your doctor about your medical history, any allergies you may have, skin conditions and medications you are taking,” said Dr. Ernest Roman. “This can reduce your chances of experiencing any complications related to the procedure and make sure things go smoothly and safely.”
Some people are tempted to go by the price tag when shopping around for a doctor to do their dermal fillers. But price shouldn’t be the most important indicator of whether a practice is a place for you. “Sometimes, you really do get what you pay for,” advised Dr. Ernest Roman. “This is not the time to try to score a good deal, it’s the time to invest in yourself and your safety and peace of mind.” Getting dermal fillers is an investment, especially if you want to achieve a natural-looking, long-lasting result. Saving up some extra money for the treatment can be worth it in the long run.
Finally, ask around! Sometimes word of mouth or an in-person recommendation can be the most useful tool in your decision-making process. Having cosmetic surgeries done should no longer be considered taboo, said Ernest T. Roman M.D. Start a conversation and find out where friends and family have gone for their procedures and what their experiences were like. You may find helpful tips and information about a treatment that you wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
Vanishing crow’s feet and laugh lines are just the beginning, says Dr. Ernest Roman
When people think of Botox, they often think of relaxing wrinkles. But there are many other uses for the wondrous injectable, in addition to its anti-aging benefits around the mouth and eyes. Here are some of the top reasons to get Botox that may have you headed to the doctor’s office to try it yourself.
Give your nose a boost
Botox can act like a nose job, according to Dr. Ernest Roman. “Doctors can inject Botox near the base of the nose to make the nose appear more lifted, which opens up the whole face and takes years off,” he said. “For patients whose noses are sagging, Botox can release the muscle that pulls the nose downward and give the effect of a quick, simple nose job.” For a nose lift without the rigmarole of a nose job, Botox can be a quick fix.
Lift your lips
Similarly to lifting the nose, Botox injected in the upper lip can push the top lip up and out, giving the illusion of fuller lips. “We have a lot of patients who bring in photos of celebrity’s lips as a reference, but they don’t have a celebrity budget,” Dr. Ernest Roman explained. “Botox is less expensive than typical collagen injections for lips, because it requires just a little Botox.” Dr. Ernest Roman added that the lip lifting effect is subtle, but a little goes a long way in making the face appear more youthful.
Smooth out the neck and décolleté
Botox isn’t just for your face. Dr. Ernest Roman uses it as a tool for the neck and décolleté— that’s the upper chest area. Since those spots often get a lot of sun exposure, they can become rough, wrinkled or damaged just as much as the face, if not more. The neck and décolleté can show telltale signs of aging if they aren’t properly cared for. The Botox is injected above and below the lines on the neck and chest, which relaxes them, causing the skin to be smoother. If those lines go down between your breasts, doctors can inject Botox into the pectoral muscles to smooth everything out. The overall effect will be a smoother neck and chest and a more youthful look overall.
Provide relief from migraines
On a note that has nothing to do with physical appearance, Botox has been approved for relieving chronic migraines. “Doctors are able to inject Botox into the temples on the back of the neck and base of the head,” said Ernest T. Roman M.D. “This relaxes those muscles, which lessens the pain and tension from chronic migraines.” In addition to Botox injections around the base of the head, it can be used between the eyebrows to reduce frowning, which can cause tension headaches and exacerbate migraine pain further.
What is it, does it hurt, can I benefit from a chemical peel? Dr. Ernest Roman explains the ins and outs of this popular skin treatment
If you’re wondering whether this season is the time to invest in yourself and get a chemical peel, Ernest T. Roman M.D. answers the most common questions on chemical peels and whether they’re right for you.
What exactly is a chemical peel?
The words “chemical peel” may not sound like a pleasant day at a spa, but a chemical peel can improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands, according to Dr. Ernest Roman. In this process, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing the skin to exfoliate and peel off. Once the top layer of skin peels off, the new, fresh skin beneath is typically smoother and less wrinkled, causing a glowing, fresh-faced look.
What skin conditions can a chemical peel help improve?
There are multiple conditions that can benefit from a chemical peel, as recommended at Dr. Ernest Roman Facial Esthetics. These include wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, crow’s feet, sun-damaged skin, blackheads, dull skin, rough texture, acne and other scars and hyperpigmentation. Those with specific skin concerns should consult a dermatologist to ensure a chemical peel is the best fit for them. “Though almost anyone’s skin can benefit from the brightening effect of a chemical peel, they are particularly effective in addressing aging and damaged skin,” said Dr. Ernest Roman.
Are there any complications I should be aware of before having a chemical peel?
After a chemical peel, the new skin will be more sensitive to the sun temporarily, so wearing a high SPF is advised. In rare cases, complications can include temporary change in skin color, scarring and cold sores. “To avoid complications, patients should speak with their doctor to learn how to minimize them and ensure the best result possible,” said Ernest T. Roman M.D.
Do chemical peels hurt?
Because of the word “chemical,” one of the most common questions is whether this treatment will cause pain. Fortunately, chemical peels do not hurt. Tightness or a tingling sensation are normal, but the feeling is not extreme. It is advised to take precautions with the skin after a chemical peel, since it is more sensitive than usual. Therefore, it is important not to exfoliate the skin for 48 hours after a chemical peel and to take care to hydrate and avoid direct sun exposure.
How should I choose where to get a chemical peel?
Make sure you know what you want and what your skin concerns are before making your appointment. Then, look for someone who is skilled in addressing that particular concern. Ask friends for recommendations or look for doctors who are well-reviewed online. Look for a doctor with excellent experience. Dr. Ernest Roman is board certified in facial aesthetics and is a lead instructor for basic and advanced aesthetics for Empire Medical Center. He has trained more than 5,000 physicians in aesthetics in the U.S. and abroad. Years of experience practicing and teaching these treatments set a doctor apart and signal they have the experience necessary to make your chemical peel work with your skin.