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Dr. Joseph Hkeik is featured in the following article: Old or Weird? in the October 2019 issue of Harper’s Bazaar Australia.

Here is what the article is about (extracted from the article):

Feminism told us we’d earned our wrinkles and other signs of maturity, so why all the drastic cosmetic surgery? Kirstie Clements examines the new aesthetics and asks if it’s a club we’re all destined to join. 

Here are some mentions in the article by Dr. Joseph Hkeik where he discusses the importance of not just seeing any regular aesthetic doctor, but an artist. He also stresses the importance of the ‘less is more’ approach for natural results…

Joseph Hkeik is an aesthetic physician who owns the All Saints Skin Clinic and the man behind some of the best kept faces in Sydney. I ask him about the difference between old and weird. “Good work,” he replies succinctly. “Just because someone has a medical licence to hold a syringe, it doesn’t qualify them as an artist. You are asking someone to create a sculpture, and that sculpture is 3-D, on a human, a face that is forever changing every minute.” Dr Hkeik is very much a proponent of the less is more approach. ”As an aesthe­tician I can see in 10 seconds what is missing from a face. If you only replace what’s missing and don’t add one tiny bit more, you can achieve a subtle, beautiful, symmetrical result.” When I mention the myriad people I see who overdo it, Dr Hkeik nods. “It’s unnecessary. You don’t need to have too much of anything to look better. I think sometimes the person doing the procedure is treating the whole face, regardless of whether the client needs it or not. I’m not going to give you 4ml of filler if you only need one; it’s not what I’m about. No doctor should be doing it. It’s unethical.”

Dr Hkeik describes his clinic as a ‘skin practice’, offering a vari­ety of treatments, from facials to Fraxel lasers to ‘liquid facials’, i.e. fillers and Botox. “Botox, to me, is not a freezing mechanism. It’s a mechanism used to manipulate muscle, to open and to lift the face. It’s not really what the product was designed to do … it’s how you utilise it,” he says. “You shouldn’t be able to tell a person has had anything done. I call it invisible beauty. This is what all practitioners need to practise – invisible art. We need to be in the background, making patients look like they’ve never been anywhere near us.

Personally. I am armed with knowledge, bur still in two minds. All, or no-thing, or something in between? “I think if I can fix concerns, make someone blossom and become who they are, then there will be a ripple of love,” Dr Hkeik says. “You will be happy and make those around you happy. That’s what the world needs. Not more perfect faces that don’t move.”

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