How To Make Sure Your Botox and Filler Looks Natural

Because who wants to look like they've had injections?
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Because who wants to look like they've had injections?
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Last week I showed you a picture of Dr. Spock along with several sorry tales about the scary things that can happen to your face when you use too much Botox (or have a doctor who sucks at it).

This week, the flipside: what you need to know if you are going to get injections and want to have a good result.

You see, I'm not actually anti-injections. Just anti-BAD injections. You know what I mean—I think we've all seen women with overly lifted, expressionless, chipmunk-cheeked, smooth-as-a-drum faces. It's one reason I cringe a little bit whenever people bring up my celebrity double, Nicole Kidman.

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But here's the thing: Women like Nicole (and Lisa Rinna, Meg Ryan, etc.) are the ones giving injectables a bad name. I've had several beauty insiders tell me that waaaay more people go under the needle than you'd ever imagine. They're just not telling—and the work they've had done is so good, they just look refreshed and rested but not "done."

So really? My philosophy is to go ahead and do it if it makes you happy... but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE find a good and experienced doctor. (Notice that I said doctor, not nurse.)

To get the scoop on how to find the right person and get the best results, I met with two of the top injectors in Toronto, Drs. Romy Saibil and Francine Gerstein of True MediSpa. They tag-teamed my Botox right after we stopped filming here, and I've gotta say that the results were good—I can definitely still frown, so it was verrrry conservative.

Here's the vid:

One important thing that they didn't mention (which they do and I think is a must for any doctor you're considering letting near you with a needle) is before and after pics. Anytime you're injecting in a new place, the in-person follow-up visit is KEY, because the phenomenon known as "Spocking" (where your eyebrows can lift too much and sometimes look uneven) is very, very real and demands correction. And probably other areas could require touch-ups as well. I know of more than a few injectors that just do their follow-ups on the phone, and I think it's an appalling lack of quality control.

If you're still not convinced that you need to choose your injector carefully, check out this super-scary investigation that recently aired on Global News. Remember: injections are just not a place where you want to try and save money.

Now tell me:

Have you done or would you ever do Botox or fillers?
Do you agree with Drs. Saibil and Gerstein? (Don't they look amazing?)
Do you have any injection horror stories to share?