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The Misconceptions in Aesthetic Medicine

Misconceptions in aesthetic medicine

Aesthetic medicine is kind of a big deal lately, getting tons of attention and sparking conversations. But, not everyone's cheering it on—some folks are giving it the side-eye. Are these beauty treatments getting a bad rap, or is it just a case of mixed-up stories?

Listed below are the myths and misunderstandings surrounding aesthetic medicine.

Misconception 1: Aesthetic procedures are only for the vain

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Some people believe that those who opt for aesthetic procedures are only doing it because they are chasing social media fame. Sure, social media has its influence, and let's be real, who doesn't want to rack up those likes and views? But, the world of aesthetic treatments is way more diverse than just chasing popularity.

One significant reason is the confidence boost that comes with looking and feeling your best. Aesthetic treatments are not just about outward appearances; they can be a powerful tool for enhancing self-esteem and promoting a positive self-image. It is not about being vain; it is about feeling good in your own skin.

Moreover, let’s not forget that aesthetic procedures sometimes play a role in correcting imperfections resulting from accidents or medical conditions. It is not always about chasing an idealised beauty standard, it is about reclaiming a sense of normalcy or addressing physical challenges.

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And guess what? The aging process is entirely natural, but not everyone is ready to fully embrace it, and that is perfectly okay! Aesthetic treatments can help address signs of aging, not because someone is trying to turn back time unrealistically, but because they want to age gracefully and maintain a sense of confidence in their appearance.

Similarly, when it comes to addressing acne and those lingering acne scars, it is not just about the physical aspect. Acne can take a toll on a person’s self-esteem, and the impact goes beyond skin deep, influencing their daily life. Imagine waking up every day, facing the mirror, and feeling disheartened by the visible marks left by acne. By targeting and minimising acne and scars, these treatments contribute significantly to helping individuals regain control over their appearance.

Misconception 2: Aesthetic results look unnatural

Many people shy away from aesthetic treatments because they fear walking out looking like a completely different person.

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Facial overfilled syndrome

One of the most prevalent yet undesired outcomes in aesthetic procedures is known as facial overfilled syndrome. Facial overfilled syndrome happens when there's an excessive and frequent use of dermal fillers, leading to a swollen or overly plumped appearance.

But here's the lowdown: we aim for natural results unless our client requests for a dramatic change. Modern techniques focus on making enhancements that blend in with your own features, so it's not about going extreme but more about giving you a little boost that looks totally balanced. The aim? You, but just a bit upgraded.

Misconception 3: Aesthetic procedures are one-size-fits-all

Each person’s anatomy, skin type, and aesthetic goals are unique. It is essential to recognize that even if you and a friend share a similar concern, the assumption that the same treatment would be applicable to both is a misconception. Aesthetic treatment is personalized, meaning that each person’s unique characteristics and goals are taken into account when devising a treatment plan.

Misconception 4: Aesthetic procedures are always invasive and risky

While surgical procedures exist, there is a wide array of non-invasive or minimally invasive treatments available. Technological advancements, such as lasers, injectables, threads, and energy- based devices, allow for effective aesthetic enhancements with reduced risks and downtime.

While it is fantastic that aesthetic treatments can address concerns with less invasive approaches, it is crucial to understand that minimally invasive procedures come with their own set of limitations. Let’s take the example of a facelift: if you are dealing with significant skin laxity and you aim to shave off a couple of decades from your appearance, a surgical facelift might be the more suitable option.

This brings us to another common misconception about aesthetic treatments- the belief that minimally invasive procedures can provide a 100% solution to any issue. It is essential to manage expectations realistically. While these treatments can work in enhancing and rejuvenating, they may not achieve the same level of transformation as invasive surgical procedures, especially in cases of advanced aging or severe skin conditions. Understanding the scope and limitations is the key to achieving satisfying results.

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These photos show the before, and 6 months after Renuvion treatment.

If you're after a non-surgical treatment that gives your face a tight and lifted look, Renuvion J Plasma is likely your best option. This technology uses a mix of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy to heat the deeper layers of your skin in a precise and controlled way, resulting in skin tightening and rejuvenation without going under the knife. However, surgical facelift is best if you’re in your late 50s and beyond and are experiencing severe drooping skin.

Additional information: Renuvion J Plasma is not limited to just the face—it can also be done on various body areas like the tummy, love handles, back, arms, and thighs. What's even better is that it can be paired with liposuction. If you've had liposuction, this treatment can tighten the skin in those treated areas, giving you a more sculpted and contoured look.

Misconception 5: A Single treatment can solve your problem completely

A prevalent misconception in aesthetic medicine revolves around the belief that a single treatment is sufficient to yield optimal results. In reality, achieving the desired outcome often involves a combination of treatments employing various modalities. This misconception of one-size-fits-all solution can lead to unrealistic expectations and dissatisfaction with the results.

It is important to understand that the human body responds differently to treatments, and the multifaceted nature of aesthetic concerns may necessitate a comprehensive approach. For instance, addressing facial rejuvenation may require a combination of treatments such as botox for dynamic wrinkles, fillers for deep static wrinkles and volume restoration, energy based devices for lifting and skin texture improvement. Each modality targets specific aspects, synergistically contributing to an overall enhanced appearance. This approach not only enhances the effectiveness of the treatment but also allows for a more personalised and nuanced outcome.

Building on the discussion of facial overfilled syndrome mentioned earlier, it is important to know that solely depending on a single method—such as using dermal fillers to tackle facial sagging, heightens the likelihood of overfilling the face. When we limit ourselves to one treatment modality, we might unintentionally go overboard. While not every issue necessitates multiple treatment modalities, some of your concerns may indeed require more than a single treatment.

Misconception 6: The practitioner is fully responsible for your treatment results

Keeping up with the results of your aesthetic treatment is not just about what happens in the clinic. It is also about what you do at home and how you live your life. Do not assume that the treatment alone does all the work. Taking care of yourself and making good lifestyle choices are key players in making sure you get the most out of your aesthetic experience.

Let say you get a laser treatment for your hyperpigmentation, your skincare routine at home matters. Sunscreen, and skincare products that lighten pigments, antioxidants are important to help your skin stay healthy and makes treatment results last longer.

If you're getting treatment for acne, it's crucial to resist the urge to touch or pop your pimples. Steering clear of high-glycemic-index foods and dairy products is also key. Make sure to stick to the skincare routine or take any oral medications as prescribed. Consistency is the name of the game.

Misconception 7: Aesthetic treatments are overpriced

are aesthetic treatments overpriced

There is a common belief that aesthetic treatments are overpriced, but the equipment, machines, and injectable products used in these treatments come with a hefty price tag. Prioritising the safety of our clients and ensuring effective results are non-negotiable. We invest in good products and machines, and the cost is a reflection of the quality we uphold.

Furthermore, aesthetic doctors undergo extensive training, starting from years in medical school to serving in government hospitals and additional training to continually enhance knowledge and skills. When you pay for a treatment, you are not just covering the procedure; you are also paying for the expertise and service provided by trained professionals.

Besides, some wonder why they shouldn’t opt for cheaper skincare products at the drugstore or some random online shop. The key difference lies in the fact that the products we use are of medical grade. Their higher cost is justified by the rigorous studies conducted to prove their effectiveness and safety. Frequently, the formulation and concentration of ingredients in products can vary, leading to different outcomes.

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You should also beware of counterfeit products or machines in the market. If you come across a significant price difference at other establishments, it's a red flag that should prompt questions about the authenticity of the machine or product. Using counterfeit products or machines not only fails to deliver results comparable to the genuine ones but can also pose a risk of complications if luck is not on your side.

Misconception 8: Aesthetic procedures’ results are permanent

Another common misconception is that aesthetic results are permanent. While some treatments offer long-lasting effects, the majority are not permanent and may require maintenance over time. Factors such as aging, lifestyle, and individual physiology can influence the longevity of results. Take hyaluronic acid fillers, they hang around for about 1 to 1 1/2 years, while Botox does its thing for 3-6 months. Result from Ultherapy lasts one to two years depending on how good you are at keeping your collagen game strong through your lifestyle and diet. More invasive procedures like liposuction and eyebag surgery, despite offering results that last longer than less invasive options, don't last forever. Changes in weight and the natural aging process can still have a say in how long these surgical outcomes stick around.

Misconception 9: Only one treatment session is required

Getting the best out of most non-invasive or minimally invasive aesthetic treatments usually involves a series of sessions. Whether it is to reach the optimal outcome initially or to keep those results in check, multiple sessions are often required.

Misconception 10: Aesthetic treatments are only for the face

Our aesthetic treatments extend beyond the face to include rejuvenation for areas such as the neck, décolletage, and hands, restoration of hair, as well as body contouring treatment to enhance your overall appearance and confidence.

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Our treatments also extend to the most personal areas, taking care of your intimate business for both the ladies and gents. Because self-care should be a party for every body part!

Misconception 11: Aesthetic treatments are only for females

Some people still think that beauty treatments are only for women. But guess what? That's old news! Nowadays, more guys are getting in on the action to look and feel their best. So, guys, don't be shy—looking good isn't just for the ladies. If you are already confident with how you look, why not bring that A-game to the bedroom too? Aesthetic treatments are not just for looking good—they can also level up your performance!

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