Optimal Correction: A Subjective Idea + Why It Matters to You



I am a big fan of fillers. It’s impossible not to be when you see your providers turning out beautiful enhancements all day every day. Fillers provide instant gratification, they are long lasting, and they really rejuvenate the face: they add volume and structure to skin that has become lax, and they add contours to the face where shape has been lost. Fillers and Botox together? Even better!! Botox/Dysport/Xeomin relax the underlying muscles and let the skin smooth out. They also improve skin elasticity to help with that hydrated youthful appearance.

If you’ve ever done any researching of injectables, you may have come across the term optimal correction. I hear it allll the time. And although I have a clear understanding of what that is in my head, I realized writing down a definition of optimal correction was pretty difficult. So of course I Googled it. Injectableaesthetics.com have a short explanation: “Optimal correction means placing the right amount of syringes into a certain area and not under correcting the area.” Another definition came from a study that briefly referred to it as “the time it takes for filler results to look their best.” Both of these explanations sound pretty subjective to me. Lucky for us our injectors are expert at blending art and science to render fabulous results.

So why does optimal correction matter to you, the client? Well, you’re the investor in your appearance and yourself. My idea of optimal correction is the goal that you are trying to reach by using dermal fillers, neuromodulators (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin), and laser and light skin treatments…so this answer would be different for everyone. This idea is important to consider when you decide to enhance your beauty: what is it that you are trying to achieve? How do you ultimately want to look. What would be optimal? Here’s how our injectors define optimal correction.

Consider these and similar factors when planning your treatment(s):

Gina Jones’ definition:

Optimal correction is variable to each client, whether it be injecting dermal fillers to fill wrinkles, or adding volume to areas that have grown lax as a result of weight loss, or from natural collagen loss due to aging.

Optimal correction is bringing volume and a more youthful appearance to an area, while still maintaining symmetry and keeping areas proportional to each individual’s features. I feel that bringing areas to optimal correction is in the eyes of the individual receiving the treatment. It is the best that they want to look: it is the result that meets their desires and needs which they seek.

Iris Taylor’s definition:

As we age, we generally view ourselves as how we feel we look. When we close our eyes and imagine the way we look, we often see a healthier, younger looking self. Years of self-neglect go unnoticed as we put in all of our efforts into caring for others, raising our children, sustaining happy relationships, our careers. These factors can take a major toll on our appearance. We are not only getting older but we are also under stress, we are tired and we are thinking of our loved ones more than ourselves.

I think of optimal correction as a way to replenish lax tissue that these unavoidable life stressors have caused. This isn’t trying to look 20 at 50, this is simply looking the way you feel you should look at your age.

Investing in ourselves is just as important as investing in our lives. When we look good, we feel good. And when we feel good, all of life’s challenges become easier to handle, outcomes are more successful, we feel full of life!

Indeed.