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Needle Pointers

Needle Pointers

Even if you’re brave enough to wage war against aging, or step outside your comfort zone in the name of beauty, the concept of injectables can still be daunting. We had the privilege of interviewing acclaimed Miami dermatologist Dr. Mariano Busso, a clinical trainer for Restylane and Botox and the only physician in the nation who has performed clinical trials for Radiesse and Artefill (Artecoll).

Dr. Mariano Busso

Which procedures do you perform most often, and what do they accomplish? The two most common procedures are Botox and fillers. Botox relaxes the muscles that, due to overuse, create crow’s feet, frown lines and wrinkles. Fillers replace fat loss, which is one of the major reasons faces change when we age.

How long do these treatments last? It is recommended to repeat Botox treatments before the effects are fully lost—every four to five months. In general, fillers last six to 12 months, although there are exceptions like Juvéderm Voluma, which lasts one to two years.

Have you noticed a shift in trends regarding how clients want to look? These days, people tend to want to restore their own anatomy rather than changing it dramatically. They want to look fresh, but still look like themselves.

How do you prevent a client from getting too carried away? Being that my name is attached, I will only help someone achieve the best version of themselves. At the first consultation, we explain the change in anatomy and what tools we can use to restore a more youthful appearance. I remind clients that when a procedure is “overdone,” it will become the focus of attention, which is not a desirable goal. If a client wants something outlandish, I won’t do it.

Dr. Busso Cosmetic Dermatology, 3006 Aviation Ave., Coconut Grove; 305.857.0144;

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