Dr Maryam Zamani – Why everyone’s rushing to fix the ‘too-far face’

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Why everyone’s rushing to fix the ‘too-far face’

Cosmetic surgeons are increasingly spending their time deflating ‘pillow faces’ and fixing overly Botoxed eyes. So what’s behind the rise of the reverse nip/tuck? 

We’ve all seen a ‘too-far face’. The one with the waxy sheen, plumped-up cheeks or eyes that just don’t look quite right. As reported in The Telegraph earlier this year, the ‘too-far face’ is a term used to describe somebody who has gone past the tipping point of cosmetic work – when smooth becomes frozen and when nicely plump becomes pillow-like.

“I specialise in eyes, which is a difficult area to treat, so I see a lot of badly done work,” says Dr Maryam Zamani, an opthalmologist (eye specialist) and cosmetic doctor from London’s Cadogan Clinic. “The skin around the eye is just 2mm thick, which is half the depth of skin elsewhere on the face. It’s also an emotion-filled area – one used to smile, laugh and cry – so it ages faster.”

Dr Zamani says that while a little filler, injected by the right person, can help a tired eye, too much has the opposite effect: “In some cases, you can actually see a bumpy “lake” under the eye because the skin there is so thin. People with allergies should also be wary, because filler will attract water during, say, a bout of hay fever. So always go to an eye specialist who uses FDA-approved fillers. And remember – whatever your treatment – less is more; it’s better to have a little and go back, getting it right little by little each time. Don’t chase instant results.”

Dr Zamani’s other tip is to remember the age-old adage of too many cooks: “A lot of people I see have been to several different doctors,” she says. “This can result in a puffy, overdone look because the doctors aren’t working together and are not aware of what the other is injecting.” As for treating too much Botox, Dr Zamani advises using an electric toothbrush on the area: “There’s no scientific research to back this up, but I tell overly Botoxed patients to take an electric toothbrush and gently massage the area for five or 10 minutes to help stimulate the muscles, which helps it fade quicker.”

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