How To Look Good Without Looking “DONE”

In Dermatology by Andrei Metelitsa, MD

So let’s say for your birthday you received $15,000 to get any cosmetic dermatology procedure you want. After jumping for joy and telling all your friends, you’re going to have to calm down a bit to make a smart logical decision. So you what would you “do” without looking “done”?

Now more than ever it is important to make informed decisions with regards to cosmetic medicine as there are so many vices and devices in social media and in magazines. To many people, getting cosmetic surgery or a cosmetic procedure is considered being fake or unnatural. I mean really, if someone wants to look their best, why should they be the subject of sneers and comments? Is it jealously? No, probably not. Most likely the person looks “done”.


Guidelines on How to Look Good Without Looking Done

There are some guidelines to follow if you want to know how to look good without looking done:

1. Know the Possible Treatments

Do your homework! Take the time to research the possible treatments that are out there. You can find this out on our site right here and be able to watch the procedures being done, too. As you watch, take notes on each procedure. Write out the pros and cons. Consider the downtime and the pain for each procedure. Another useful site is This website is a great resource for non-biased opinions on all types of cosmetic procedures. Medi-spas and cosmetic clinics have popped up everywhere. So how do you know who to choose? The best answer is to go to a clinic with a Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon. Start there, visit a couple clinics, ask about the devices they have and if they have more than one way to help you achieve your goals. Many clinics cannot afford to purchase multiple product lines, devices or lasers, so they are left to work with what they’ve got. However, what they’ve got may not be the best choice for you.

2. See a Specialist

After you come up with a list of 3-5 treatments, it’s time to make an appointment at the cosmetic dermatologist. Discuss what your overall goal is for your skin and look, the 3-5 treatments you selected, and whether or not you are on track with your choices. There are so many new treatments, lasers and products on the market. The reality is some of them work well and some do not work at all, but look really cool. Don’t fall victim to what is trendy or what you see celebrities getting done. Often they are having so many other procedures it is the combination of all of them that is giving them the result. And let’s face it, celebrities have nutritionists, cooks, personal trainers, nannies, gardeners and personal shoppers. They have the time and money to spend on their looks. Let’s not compare ourselves to something that is unrealistic.

See your dermatologist and listen to his input. He’s the one who has worked with hundreds of people, devices and products. A good dermatologist knows what’s possible and what’s not. Also ask about the order of the treatments, as getting one or two of the treatments may result in a huge improvement so that possibly treatment #4 will not need to be done at all.

3. Don’t Rush

Schedule the first treatment and then give yourself enough time to rejuvenate before the next treatment. There’s no rush to get it all done at one time. Doing too much too soon is not a strategy for how to look good without looking done. This is especially true with the dermal fillers. Too much can give a puffed out pillow look that will look unnatural. However, using small amounts and then waiting to see how the results turn out is smarter. It is important to expect a few treatments to achieve the perfect look with filler. Filler takes a bit of time to settle and when inflammation has disappeared reassess your look. A good cosmetic physician will not over inject or over treat even if the patient really wants more.

This is a link to our video with Dr. Metelitsa demonstrating a lip augmentation.

Remember ALL the Ways to Look Your Best

Don’t forget all the other things you need to do to look good:
1. Smile every chance you get.
2. Get enough sleep each night. The quickest way to age 10 years is to get limited sleep at night.
3. Drink plenty of water. Your body is made of 70% water and if you’re dehydrated, your skin will look sallow and as if you have no energy.
4. Detoxify your body – it will rejuvenate your skin.
5. Drink plenty of fruit and vegetable juices, and/or eat your 10+ servings per day.
6. Be a happy person and one who doesn’t speak poorly of others. A beautiful person with a bad attitude suddenly doesn’t look so good.
7. Use a regular program of skin care, complete with exfoliation.
8. Use a vitamin C serum at least twice a week.
9. Take your vitamins and minerals, especially your antioxidants.
10. Get your exercise. Exercise brings circulation to every part of your body.
11. Learn new makeup techniques. If you’re using the same makeup tricks you learned 10 years ago or longer, it could look outdated.

You can learn how to look good without looking done if you follow these guidelines. We’re ready to help – give us a call at 403-271-3627 or email