When it comes to our appearance, it’s the little things that chip away at our confidence. Sometimes it’s the spider veins that make you uneasy about wearing shorts, those coarse hairs on your chin or fine lines that shows up in zoom calls, or even the lack of volume in your lips that you notice every time you take off your mask.
While your family, friends and colleagues may not notice these little things, Dr. Kersti Kents of Medical Aesthetics of Muskoka (MAOM) says that doesn’t make them any less important.
“When the little things make you feel self-conscious, they’re no longer little things,” says Dr. Kents. “Taking care of them isn’t about pleasing others. It’s about taking care of yourself.”
If you’re considering neuromodulators such as Botox and Dysport, fillers, or laser treatments, you’re not alone. In fact, Dr. Kents has seen an uptick in client calls since the beginning of the pandemic, when everyone pivoted from in-person interactions to video calls.
At first, Dr. Kents says she was surprised to see an increase in calls about lip fillers, just as mask mandates were introduced. But, she says, it is proof that these cosmetic procedures have more to do with who we see in the mirror than who we meet on the sidewalk.
“Suddenly, we’re all looking at ourselves in a box on a screen. When we’re having conversations, we’re also watching our reflection,” says Dr. Kents. “We want to put our best face forward, even if we don’t see each other in-person.”
Dr. Kents’ advice: don’t ignore the small things – not with your appearance, and not with who you select for your cosmetic procedure.
“Whenever you’re considering medical aesthetic treatments, it is important to find the right service provider,” says Dr. Kents. “Someone who majors in the minor things.”
Look for things like free consultations and no-cost bookings, complementary topical freezing to increase comfort, and private waiting rooms. And be sure to ask who will be doing the procedure, what their medical background is, and how many years of experience they have.
“It’s easy to provide treatments when everything goes perfectly. But complications can occur, and you’ll want your provider to have the experience and network of expertise to deal with these situations.”
Dr. Kents is a physician with special training in dermatological conditions in Muskoka who also provides cosmetic procedures.
“I have over 20 years of experience as a physician, and 13 years as an aesthetic provider. MAOM has the advantage of offering complete dermatological care to our clients – both OHIP-funded and cosmetic assessments and procedures are available under one roof. If clients are new to a procedure or have complications, they have direct access to care,” says Dr. Kents. “As I live in Muskoka, I am often here after hours and on weekends.”
Being a local, Dr. Kents understands the Muskoka mindset: we want to look natural. Real. Just like our surroundings.
“By prioritizing the little things, we will help you look rejuvenated and natural.”
TEXT SHELANNE AUGUSTINE | PHOTOS ANDREW FEARMAN