When it comes to aesthetic treatments, there are few people as informed as practitioner Dr Mauricio de Maio. Aside from more than 20 years clinical experience in the field of cosmetics, the Brazilian doctor has pioneered a system named after MD Codes™: a simple and straightforward guide for the use of injectables. Here, he answers everything you need to know about cosmetic enhancement.
What are the top things women should consider before booking in for cosmetic treatments?
“I think they have to realise that this is not like going shopping. This is medicine, this is health, they should understand that they must choose a healthcare provider that has enough understanding of balance and harmony [of the face] and is also properly educated. Secondly, they should be careful what they’re letting people put in their faces because, what I find very interesting, is that nobody asks… so I would recommend that people check the credentials of the aesthetic practitioner. They should ask, what they are planning on injecting in their face’? If it goes wrong, can it be removed? If you cannot remove it, don’t do it. It’s really important. Another consideration is this: there must be a reason why injector A is less or more expensive than injector B, so be careful. When it’s more expensive, usually it’s either because it’s more difficult or the person is more experienced.”
You’ve created a system called MD Codes™, can you explain this?
“It’s a specific guideline to deliver reproducible and natural results with cosmetic treatments that means to unveil the best version of yourself. Focusing on the messages of the face (the emotional attributes) rather than reducing the face to lines and folds. Imagine that, for any reason, you would like to look better, whatever better might be for you, for instance, look less tired or more attractive. So you book a consultation with an aesthetic practitioner who is able to improve and help you reach your motivations. During this consultation, you may check if you know exactly what you want or you need some guidance. MD codes is a technique – the specific guidelines, a step by step – to help aesthetic practitioners to deliver either a patient’s request or, preferably, what they together find is the best solution.”
Do many patients come to you and say, I want to look better overall?
“Usually it’s the opposite. They point to the areas of the face that they are not happy with, like dark circles, or the lines between the nose and the mouth or they want bigger lips. And it’s interesting, because although we have been treating all of these areas, they are not necessarily happy because when a woman points out something in her face, she actually wants to reach beyond the correction of that line, so that’s why I try to say ‘OK, areas are not so important, what we have to focus on is the message that we want to express to the world’, this is why I developed the concept of the emotional attributes.”
How do you get to that point?
“From the consultation. First, I ask them to look in the mirror and tell me the areas they are concerned with. I usually ask them to point to three areas and then I take them through the emotional chart and say, ‘OK, I understand your concerns, with that area treated what would you like to achieve as a result? Would you like to look less tired? Would you like to look less sad? Would you like to look younger, or more attractive?’ I ask them to point out three things, number one being the most important, so I have an idea of their objective. And what I do as an aesthetic practitioner is to try to bridge together if what the patient points to as areas, would lead to the message they want to convey. This is interesting because sometimes they point to three different things and these will not necessarily reach what is important for them to transmit or express.”
What are some hesitations people have around cosmetic treatments?
“There are many myths. The first one is unnatural results. I know that the media only displays what is funny and unnatural…but you never see the great work that is done. So when someone is looking fresh or as if they’ve been on holidays, people don’t see it. When someone is very well done, it’s very natural.
That’s why the consultation process is so important. I think that people aren’t taking enough time with this decision regarding the relationship with an aesthetic practitioner. I think this should be the same scale regarding level of importance as any other health area. You have your cardiologist, your gynaecologist, the paediatrician and you have your aesthetic practitioner.”
Original article published by @VogueAustralia >