Reading all the kind reviews from my clients makes my job so much more rewarding. Thank you to all who take the time to submit your feedback and kind words. Here are some client testimonials from recently.
• Doctor Barbour treats me as if I were her only patient. I know in my heart all others entering this door receive the same care and feel the personal attention I experience upon each visit. It's a joy to know I'm in the most professional care.
• Everything Dr Barbour does is EXCELLENT. Not only is her work excellent but her personality and understanding makes the experience extremely gratifying.
• Dr. Barbour is a delightful person and an outstanding surgeon, sculpting and correcting the neck and face.
• Dr Barbour is without a doubt one of the most professional and yet personable doctors I have ever had the pleasure of having contact with. She is a true artist in her profession. I would recommend her to anyone that wants a beautiful, believable radiant look! Thank you Dr. Holly Barbour for your wonderful skill, God given talent and my new confidence.
• Dr. Barbour is so wonderful and very knowledgable. Another bonus is she is sweet and kind. She is very unique she spends time with you and really listens to your needs. I have been with her for seven years and I will continue coming to see her. I drive over an hour to see her she is that wonderful. I would highly recommend anyone to visit the office, I know they will be wowed at the experience. The entire staff is just wonderful and they all go above and beyond. They are all wonderful and help make your experience unique by working as a great team.
Thank you to the many clients who have taken the time to write comments and feedback about the work I've done. It really means a lot to read how happy you all are and it is the reason I do what I do. Here are some of the wonderful comments you all have left me.
• It has been my pleasure to know and be treated by Dr. Holly Barbour for some years. I am happy to report that I have enjoyed both the process and the result. Dr. Barbour has used her innate artistry to create a program that enhances my best features and reduces the perception of my flaws. I always feel that I am in the best possible hands!
• Dr. Barbour is a caring, warm, wonderful physician who treats her patient's face as if it were a canvas for beautiful artwork. I trust her implicitly to make the perfect suggestions for my face.
• I have been coming to Dr. Holly for 10+ years and she is absolutely the only person that I would ever let touch my face. I started with fillers in the smile lines and a bit to plump my upper lip and did the CO2 laser. Because of the amazing care and technique she used on me 10 years ago I have not needed a single thing until now. People think that I am at a minimum 10-12 years younger than my actual age. Now she is doing fillers around the eye and temple area to address age related changes. Even though I know what an artist she is I almost started to cry when I saw what a beautifully dramatic change it made in the look of my entire face! I hope that she never retires, I could never go to anyone else because she is such a true artist in regards to the minute proportions and dimensions of the face...and she has become a friend because she is as kind and caring as she is amazingly talented. She is one in a million!
• Dr. Barbour is always willing to take the time to answer questions. She is meticulous in her work and a perfectionist in what she does.
• I just love Dr. Barbour. I have been going to her for years. She is very sweet but most importantly very thorough with my cosmetic procedures. I look forward to my visits and to her office from start to finish; a pure pleasure.
In our last blog, I highlighted the pros of using permanent fillers. You can refer to that before reading this if you’d like, by clicking here.
This is going to sound unbearably snarky, but it’s just plain true. The vast majority of people who are administering fillers shouldn’t be doing it. I’ve seen a lot less of the good than I have of the bad and the ugly, and this is at least partly irrespective of the person’s credentials or “training”.
First of all, unless a physician has finished their residency/fellowship in the core specialties in the past ten years (and even if they have), it’s unlikely that they had any training in fillers at all other then a course where they got “certified” over a weekend or so. And although there are probably some exceptions to this, most people who are not surgeons in the core specialties have not had advanced education in facial embryology (how the face develops in the fetus) or facial anatomy. You have to know it cold. By the way, there are still textbooks being written on this with, believe it or not, new information. One of the major ones was just published in 2012 with a lot of information we didn’t know about before. On top of that, I’ve seen over and over again where the healthcare professional has wisely stayed away from the area around the eyes (because if you don’t have that anatomy down, you take more of a chance of causing visual loss), but then has thrown off the proportion of the face by placing the filler too low on the cheek, giving a heavy, unnatural look to the face. Actually, if done well, filler around the eye area is one of the most beautiful places to put it.
So why isn’t “training” the ticket? Because:
• This is literally sculpting soft tissue from the inside out, on a face, where unlike anything below the neck, every millimeter shows. Plus almost all of us are asymmetric to begin with, so there’s the extra challenge of not only seeing that on an individual, but then being able to correct that asymmetry as much as possible. This requires artistic vision, artistic skill and an eye and a passion for the tiniest detail. That vision is either there or it’s not – you can “train” a little of that into someone, but not a lot.
• In my world, fillers are not to be considered an “ancillary” procedure that is passed on to “ancillary” help. They are to be considered small surgical implants with all the respect and care that any surgeon should take with a surgical implant. This includes meticulous attention to aseptic technique (making sure we don’t drive bacteria or make-up particles under the skin). The consequences of that kind of sloppiness are bad in any situation, but with permanent fillers, the consequences are even more formidable than with temporary fillers.
Given the above, thank goodness most practitioners are not using permanent fillers on their patients. If they were, repairing the damage would be next to impossible and attempts to repair the damage would come with considerably more risk. In my revision patients where nonpermanent fillers have been used, there is a stepwise procedure that I follow, beginning with seeing the person periodically and treating as the old filler wears away -- and then I am always grateful for nonpermanent fillers.
One of the facts of life that surprises a lot of my patients (although they invariably say something like, “Oh yeah, that’s right!” when I bring it to their attention) is just another of Mother Nature’s little ironies:
As women age, they tend to become more masculine looking in the face. Features harden and sharpen, and the soft curves of the face of their youth morph into angles.
As men age, they tend to become more feminine looking in the face. The chiseled jaw softens, sometimes into oblivion, and the strong virile features that defined their masculinity in youth seem to melt and sadden.
That is one of the reasons why facelifts, lid surgeries and even BoTox and fillers can go so awry. It’s why women can look “harder” after they’ve had work done and why men can look sort of “weird”. Those of us who treat faces need to understand that you don’t just follow your Doctor Book and approach people like a technician. It is our responsibility to understand the subtle differences that give femininity or masculinity to the face and to be able to translate that into the work we do with our patients.
The aim is to restore softness, sweetness, perhaps even a bit of an angelic look to the woman’s face. On the other hand, the aim with a man is to restore a look of strength and virility to his face. This requires an almost 180 degree turn in our approach to the two genders. And this is one of the ways we make our “work” look natural.
Join Dr. Holly Barbour and her cosmetically trained staff for an educational and fun evening to learn about a lasting solution for volume loss.
Light bites, mini cosmetic consultations and information about ArteFill- for volume that can last years instead of months.
Thursday, March 27 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
1250 South Tamiami TrailSuite 302Sarasota, FL 34239
RSVP 941-951-2220 Amazing giveaways and discounts for attendees!Bring a friend!
As children, most of us have lips with a rosy cherubic color. As the decades pass, the lips tend to fade in color and the contrast between the border of the lips and the skin around the lips becomes less defined. With the loss of definition the border can become irregular and any asymmetries in the contour of the lip borders can appear exaggerated.
This is where lip liner comes in. A "lip-colored" lip liner allows you to restore that border, smoothing its contour and restoring the contrast between the rosiness of natural young lips and the skin outside of the lip line. Keep the lip liner close to your natural lip color or the lip color you're applying that day. Lip liner that is more than a shade darker than your lip color will look artificial and harsh. While you can "push" the border a little bit if you want the look of more volume, it's important to keep the lip liner from going onto the flat part of the lip outside the border.
If you feel that you've lost so much volume in the lips that enhancing them with lipstick or liner is an exercise in futility, I can restore the volume of the lips with a very long-lasting technique that will look beautifully natural. With all the overdone and "trout-mouth" lips that frighten people out of restoring lost volume, the fact remains that those results absolutely never need to happen. The difference between a disaster or even mediocrity and a beautifully restored lip requires:
1. An in-depth understanding of the anatomy and embryonic development of the lips and the area around them, 2. Impeccable technique, 3. Commitment, 4. Experience, 5. The correct product to restore the lips and 6. Artistic skill to sculpt a beautiful and natural-looking lip while correcting asymmetries.
"I was out to dinner with a few friends and they were talking about how awful those filled-up lips looked. They were saying they'd never have it done. Then one of my friends turned to me and said how lucky I was that I didn't need it. I just smiled."--As related to Dr. Barbour by an actual patient whose lips she had restored.
Oculofacial Plastic Surgeon, Sarasota, Florida
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