Plastic surgeons share scathing truth about popular beauty tweakments – revealing the pricey procedures that will do NOTHING to boost your appearance

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Dr. Jennifer Levine explained, 'There are procedures that are not right for certain people, or certain areas'

Have you ever wondered if there are any cosmetic surgery procedures you should completely avoid? 

Perhaps you’ve contemplated Morpheus8 or Kybella during the post-pandemic tweakment boom, but aren’t quite sure if it’s worth the money for the result. 

Or maybe you’ve seen certain popular procedures on TikTok and are curious about the consequences.  

Here, FEMAIL has spoken to plastic surgeons to find out which procedures you should avoid and what you should consider instead. 

Dr. Jennifer Levine explained, ‘There are procedures that are not right for certain people, or certain areas’

Dr. Nassif told DailyMail.com when he practices there are certain treatments he steadfastly avoids Dr. Charles Pierce, double board-certified plastic surgeon at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City, told FEMAIL 'a lot of providers, particularly in medi spas, don’t provide full disclosure'

Dr. Nassif (left) told DailyMail.com there are certain treatments he avoids after what he’s witness on Botched. Dr. Charles Pierce (right) added ‘a lot of providers, particularly in medi spas, don’t provide full disclosure’

New York City plastic surgeon Dr. Jennifer Levine told FEMAIL: ‘There are procedures that are not right for certain people, or certain areas.’ 

Facial plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Nassif, who founded NassifMD Skincare and stars on Botched, agreed, as he has seen his fair share of failed procedures. 

Dr. Nassif told DailyMail.com when he practices there are certain treatments he steadfastly avoids because of what he has seen – instead, he is ‘interested in helping enhance your natural beauty safely.’

Dr. Charles Pierce, double board-certified plastic surgeon at Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City, also told FEMAIL that when it comes to some of these procedures, ‘a lot of providers, particularly in medical spas, don’t provide full disclosure on the results and often patients are disappointed.’ 

The surgeons explained the treatments they advise against, alongside what they recommend, from swapping Kybella for Emface to avoiding Morpheus8 on the face. 

Kybella 

Kybella calls itself ‘the first and only double chin treatment,’ and is done using a series of injections to the treatment area, destroying fat cells. 

But when it comes to the nonsurgical procedure, Dr. Levine won’t use it under the chin or on the face. 

‘Patients have a lot of swelling and downtime and need multiple treatments,’ Dr. Levine advised. ‘There are better ways to reduce submental fat with less inflammation and scarring.’

However, she does like Kybella for isolated areas like the calf or ankle.

‘Skip it for the submental fat, Emface Submentum, Ultherapy, or Evoke are better options,’ Dr. Levine advised, referencing other noninvasive procedures.

Kybella calls itself 'the first and only double chin treatment,' and is done using a series of injections to the treatment area, destroying fat cells (stock image)

Kybella calls itself ‘the first and only double chin treatment,’ and is done using a series of injections to the treatment area, destroying fat cells (stock image)

Dr. Nassif agreed, and said he’s ‘not a fan of Kybella as it is often used off-book.’

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‘It has certain suggested applications but people often get it on the face and neck to contour and shape the face. 

‘You never want to remove fat from the face. It is a short-lived solution, and eventually can leave you looking hollowed,’ Dr. Nassif cautioned. 

Dr. Pierce agreed and revealed, ‘The challenge is that it usually requires three to four treatments [and] by the time you do that, you’ve already almost spent the cost of getting liposuction to the area, which is much more effective.’

He also explained that many people think Kybella is quick, but ‘the first time you get it, your neck swells and it feels hard and uncomfortable which are downsides.’

However, Dr. Pierce does think it can be useful on the right candidate. 

‘It’s important to remember you can always get a second opinion and to keep in mind that people will sell you what they have – if they have Kybella, they’ll sell you Kybella,’ Dr. Pierce divulged.  

Morpheus8

Morpheus8 is a non-surgical treatment using radiofrequency to stimulate collagen and to tighten and smooth wrinkles that can be done on the face or body.

‘I do not like Morpheus on the face if you have a thin face and thin skin,’ Dr. Levine said. ‘Morpheus can destroy fat, and if you don’t have fat to lose, I advise against it.’

However, she does think ‘Morpheus can be great for the body for skin tightening, especially combined with other procedures.’

Dr. Levine said Morpheus8 is fine for patients with thicker skin and fuller faces, but otherwise, she recommends lasers or fillers, or combines the treatment with Ultherapy, EmFace or EmScupt Neo.

Love Island star Olivia Attwood's mom Jenny Attwood prepared for her 'Morpheus8 face treatment

Love Island star Olivia Attwood’s mom Jenny Attwood prepared for her ‘Morpheus8 face treatment

Morpheus8 is a non-surgical treatment using radiofrequency to stimulate collagen and tighten and smooth wrinkles that can be done on the face or body

Morpheus8 is a non-surgical treatment using radiofrequency to stimulate collagen and tighten and smooth wrinkles that can be done on the face or body 

Dr. Nassif said, ‘I believe in this treatment, and see that it makes a difference, but you need to make sure you are seeing an experienced, certified practitioner as with any aesthetics treatment, there can be unwanted side effects and complications.’ 

Dr. Pierce explained that Morpheus8 ‘is designed to tighten skin, with about a 20 per cent improvement result.’ 

He likes the procedure, but not as a primary treatment. 

Instead, he does liposuction and then recommends adding Morpheus8 to tighten the skin after. 

Fillers

While dermal fillers, which plump skin and smooth lines on the face, are generally safe, there are certain procedures and places to avoid. 

Dr. Levine said permanent fillers are a major no for her, and she does not feel like they have a place in the face, since ‘the face is an area of motion.’ 

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‘The face can change over time, and complications from these products can be difficult to manage,’ Dr. Levine warned. 

Dr. Levine said permanent fillers are a major no for her, and she does not feel like 'they have a place in the face, since 'the face is an area of motion' (stock image)

Dr. Levine said permanent fillers are a major no for her, and she does not feel like ‘they have a place in the face, since ‘the face is an area of motion’ (stock image)

Dr. Nassif also urged, ‘Do not use any filler that is not FDA approved, regardless of how appealing it may be on TikTok.’

He also advised against fillers between the eye and the forehead. 

‘Patients often request this, but it is not safe or recommended. 

‘Because the Supratrochlear and Supraorbital Arteries are in the forehead, you run the risk of a vascular occlusion and even blindness,’ Dr. Nassif said. 

Excessive forehead Botox

While Botox can be a good thing, excessive doses in the forehead that can actually change the shape of your brow. 

Dr. Levine advised against ‘freezing the face with Botox or other neurotoxins,’ which prevents muscles from moving for a limited amount of time. 

While Botox can be a good thing, excessive doses in the forehead that can actually change the shape of your brow (stock image)

While Botox can be a good thing, excessive doses in the forehead that can actually change the shape of your brow (stock image) 

‘The frontalis muscle – the one that makes the horizontal lines on the forehead – is the only elevator of the forehead,’ Dr. Levine explained. 

‘It raises the eyebrows so if you freeze it, the eyebrow will drop,’ Dr. Levine cautioned. 

Dr. Pierce also has an everything in moderation approach, and recommends Botox to patients as well as fillers in moderation, which can help patients ease into the world of plastic surgery. 

Buccal fat removal 

Buccal fat removal is removing fat from the cheeks to highlight the face structure and create a more contoured shape – but unfortunately, it can lead to people looking gaunt. 

The procedure is allegedly all the rage with celebrities, and Chrissy Teigen, 38, admitted to getting the tweakment on her Instagram Story and said she was ‘really seeing the results.’

However, Dr. Levine only recommends this for ‘very specific patients.’ 

‘I look at the cause of the lower face fullness – is it the masseter muslce? Is it a weak jawline or chin? Is it submental fullness? Is it laxity? Do they need more volume in the cheek?’ Dr. Levine asked. 

Chrissy Teigen, 38, recently admitted she had undergone Buccal fat removal on her Instagram stories

Chrissy Teigen, 38, recently admitted she had undergone Buccal fat removal on her Instagram stories

Procedure peril! What to avoid at all costs

  • Kybella can lead to swelling and multiple treatments
  • Morpheus8 can be damaging for people with a thin face and thin skin
  • Permanent fillers are a no as the face can change over time
  • Excessive forehead Botox can freeze the face
  • Buccal fat removal can make people look gaunt and skeletal
  • Overdone rhinoplasty can lead to a Barbie nose and interfere with breathing
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Dr. Nassif agreed that this procedure is one he advises against.

‘Some practitioners may remove buccal fat as a means to enhance the shape of their face. 

‘The problem with this is when you remove too much fat from your face it may look okay in the immediate [future], but you are taking away fat that is needed as you age, leading to looking like your face is hallowed, gaunt and hallowed out,’ Dr. Nassif continued. 

‘Once those fat pads are removed, they are gone forever,’ Dr. Nassif cautioned. 

Dr. Pierce advised that people should ‘always be careful of trends in anything, because when it goes out of style, what do you do then?’ which includes plastic surgery. 

‘Buccal fat removal is something a lot of celebrities do to help sculpt the face.

‘This is something that was really popular in the ’90s and now there’s a new generation of surgeons that brought the trend back again,’ Dr. Pierce added. 

He believes it can work in certain patients, particularly those with cherubic faces, because ‘when done well it gives a more statuesque appearance and matures the face.’

‘This can work if the patient is young and they want to look a little bit older or more mature or sculpted, but as you age you can end up with a skeletonized look that is difficult to correct,’ Dr. Pierce warned. 

Overdone rhinoplasty

The Barbie movie might be quite popular, but that doesn’t mean everyone should look like one.  

‘Some people want the Barbie nose – anything that is extreme or that will interfere with your health or your breathing, I will refuse to do,’ Dr. Nassif said. 

‘Remember, I am on Botched fixing some of these terrible things other surgeons are willing to do.’

'Some people want the Barbie nose - anything that is extreme or that will interfere with your health or your breathing, I will refuse to do,' Dr. Nassif said (stock image)

‘Some people want the Barbie nose – anything that is extreme or that will interfere with your health or your breathing, I will refuse to do,’ Dr. Nassif said (stock image)

‘Any procedure has the ability to have negative side-effects or complications. 

‘If someone is asking for something extreme, there is a good chance they will not like that look years from now and be very unhappy with their appearance,’ Dr. Nassif continued. 

‘I stay away from fads or TikTok procedures because they often mean that the look or trend will go out of style, they are likely off-book, possibly not FDA-approved, or god knows what else, and you are left years later with an unhappy patient. 

‘I view my work as art, where I am enhancing someone’s natural facial features – not completely changing them to today’s latest trend.’

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