Non-surgical aesthetics procedures have undoubtedly been on the rise in the last few years. People are looking after their appearances more and striving for perfection. This makes people more likely to turn to these treatments to achieve these goals. There is a range of reasons for this, and whether you like it or loathe it, these procedures are becoming the new beauty norm – Medical Aesthetics – Yay Or Nay
Medical aesthetics refers to specialties that focus on improving the appearance of cosmetics by treating conditions such as wrinkles, scars, cellulite, excess hair, and moles, among others
There are also external reasons why people are being drawn to these procedures, for instance.
One of the key contributors to why non-surgical cosmetic procedures have become so popular is the use of celebrity endorsers on social media. Influencers make it seem like these procedures are as common as visiting the hairdressers. Certainly not something that needs to be thought twice about.
People are increasingly feeling the pressure to look good, a lot of which could be put down to the focus on looks and imagery on social media. The introduction of filters has meant people are wanting to resemble the ‘perfected’ image gained through using these filters.
Although non-surgical procedures can seem expensive when comparing the cost to what you would spend if you had a full cosmetic procedure it is a huge saving. These treatments can offer great results for a fraction of the price of full operation.
Also, the risks are vastly reduced as you do not need to go under anaesthesia for these procedures. Plus, the bonus of hardly any downtime.
South Africa’s cosmetic procedures market may still be small, but its growth is set to continue as non-surgical interventions – particularly Botox – prove popular with both men and women
5 Mins with Dr V. Peranovic from 1,2 Smile Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
How long have you worked as an aesthetic doctor?
I have been working now in this field for 9 years
What do you think makes a good aesthetic doctor? Training? Experience? Passion?
We all go through the same training, but there is a substantial difference between the practitioners in their approach to the treatment: certainly, experience plays a great role, passion for the field, constant upgrading your skills by attending the advanced courses and genuine interest in uplifting your patient’s appearance rather than “another means of making money”
What are the top NON-surgical treatments you would recommend?
Botulinum toxin, Dermal fillers, and Treading
What is the difference between Botulinum toxin and Fillers?
Anti-wrinkle injections with Botulinum toxin improve the appearance of both moderate and severe frown lines between brows, on the forehead, and crow’s feet lines around eyes. Botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles to reduce muscle activity thus preventing frowning which smoothens the wrinkles.
Dermal fillers are injectable gels that restore the volume of the facial areas where the loss of volume, loss of skin elasticity and sagging take place and become more visible as we age. A total face approach provides more balanced results compared to treating a single area.
Is too much of either of these procedures a bad thing?
Not necessarily a bad thing. But too much of both Botox & fillers look artificial, un-natural & I do not like that look. The best treatment done for patients is when you cannot see it is done the patient looks less tired, relaxed, less saggy but still natural and soft
Find an accredited practitioner with plenty of experience. Some who will give you sound medical advice, and if anything should go wrong, will be equipped to advise, and support you properly.
Things you should look out for:
- The cost
- The clinic/premises
- Qualifications and experience
- Signed Consent
- Your Medical history
Medical Aesthetics – Yay Or Nay
“Honey, you know me, I don’t really believe in marriage, Now Botox on the other hand, that works every time.” – Samantha Jones, Sex in the City
Written by Kim Grobbelaar, BLOSS Brand Ambassador & Tech Editor