Summary: Are you wondering: how many facial treatments should you get? In theory, you could always get multiple procedures—but that might not be what’s best for you. Indeed, many people are not exactly thrilled with the idea of getting one procedure after another. Much will depend on exactly what kind of results you want to achieve with your procedure.
Determining How Many Facial Treatments You Should Get
Because non surgical procedures are so popular, many people wonder: how many facial treatments should you get? It’s a relevant question because, frankly, there are so many options available. And when there are a lot of options, it’s natural to feel as though you want the best of all possible worlds. And since each non surgical technique is rather specialized, you need to get them all to treat everything, right?
Unfortunately, that’s not always the optimal approach. It’s true that many non surgical facial treatments are highly specialized. But most patients aren’t looking to address every aspect of their faces at once. Indeed, research and surveys have shown that most patients are only interesting in treating one thing at a time—or thereabouts.
Still, it’s not uncommon to see multiple procedures and injections combined during a single visit or on subsequent visits. But how much is too much? How many facial treatments should you get before calling it a day?
Ways to Get Multiple Facial Treatments
It’s important to point out that “getting multiple facial treatments” can have a couple of different meanings. Much will depend on the look you want to see at the end, but it basically boils down to this:
- Using Different Treatments at Once: It’s not uncommon for cosmetic surgeons to give patients several different treatments at once. For example, a patient might receive Juvederm Volbella for lips, a different filler to address sagging cheeks, and a third filler to address tear trough lines. Each filler addresses a specific area of the face in order to produce a result that looks more youthful.
- Getting the Same Treatment Multiple Times: Sometimes you like the results of your Botox injections, so you want to keep those results. This means you’ll be getting Botox every three months or so (your cosmetic surgeon will have a much more exact figure) in order to maintain your results. These type of maintenance injections are quite common among patients who end up liking their results.
- Getting Treatments from Multiple Surgeons: This is a type of multiple treatments that we definitely do not encourage. But it does happen. A patient will go to one surgeon for Botox and another for fillers. We don’t tend to encourage this because it’s difficult for one surgeon to know with certainty what the other is doing. Therefore, this can lead to suboptimal results, especially in the long run.
There are also procedures that some patients get that go together but are not performed at the same time. For example, you might schedule Botox and a laser skin treatment—but they usually won’t be performed at the same time because of how the skin (and the Botox) will react.
How Much Should You Get?
All of this begs the question: how many facial procedures do you need? How much is too much? In many cases, the answer to this question will come down to what’s healthy and what’s going to help you get the best possible results. As noted above, mixing laser procedures and injectables at the same time isn’t always a good idea.
And if it’s your first time getting a certain injectable, it’s not a bad idea to view the results in isolation. That is, don’t get more than Botox if all you’ve never tried Botox before. This will allow you to really see how your face and your body respond to the treatment. Of course, there will be some exceptions—some parts of the face will be isolated enough that you’ll be able to see different results.
Ultimately, this is a great conversation to have with your cosmetic surgeon. Most patients want results that look natural, so it’s not uncommon to see surgeons use a bit of caution, especially on a patient’s first treatment. For many, it’s better to under-treat than to over-treat.
Focus on the Results
What surgeons are going to be really concerned about is overdoing it: giving you so many treatments that your face doesn’t really look like your face anymore. Usually this happens when a patient is rather, well, insistent on a treatment path. In most cases, however, the patient wants results that can be passed off as natural-looking (and results that don’t interfere with natural facial expressions).
The best way to get the results you want is to focus on just that. Think about what it is you want to change and make sure that result is the one you’re focused on. How many facial treatments should you get? That depends on what you want to accomplish.