The topic of aesthetic treatments can be pretty intimidating. After all, there are a whole bunch of different treatments and terms available now — and it can be pretty overwhelming to try and research all of them (especially with so many unfamiliar medical terms) when you’re trying to decide what kind of treatment you want to go for (or if you should even opt for them at all).
Are aesthetic treatments safe for those in their 20s, how high must your pain tolerance be, and will lack of consistency cause you to look worse off than before?
To help you make the most informed decision, here are 6 myths about aesthetic treatments debunked by trusted aesthetic doctors from SL Aesthetic Clinic!
Myth 1: Aesthetic Treatments Are Only For Older People
Many people have the misconception that only older people tend to go for aesthetic treatments in order to fix the appearance of age-related signs like wrinkles, sagging skin and so on — but that’s not true!
According to Dr Sue from SL Aesthetic Clinic, many young people visit aesthetic clinics to correct skin imperfections like stubborn acne and sun spots such as Laser Acne Treatment for a boost of confidence in their bare skin — with or without makeup.
The clinic uses technology like the Nd:YAG laser, a long-pulsed laser that destroys acne-causing bacteria and regulates sebum production by targeting overactive sebaceous glands. It can penetrate up to deep into the dermis without causing damage; for this reason, the Nd:YAG laser goes beyond treating acne and can also be used for conditions like pigmentation and varicose veins.
Plus, the laser also stimulates collagen remodelling which will encourage the recovery of the skin barrier.
Myth 2: The Treatments Are Unnatural And Will Make Me Look Fake
Aesthetic treatments are often associated with being ‘fake’ or ‘plastic’ — and honestly, in 2023, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to Dr Chun Lim from SL Aesthetic Clinic, there are now an array of non-invasive treatments like lasers, ultrasound and radiofrequency devices that yield extremely natural-looking results. These therapies work to encourage collagen production, an autologous response from your body for firmer, younger skin.
Some treatments are akin to skincare. For example, Gold PTT in Singapore which combines the power of ethosomes and gold nanoparticles to deliver potent ingredients into the deeper skin layers compared to traditional topical skincare products.
Myth 3: The Treatments Are Painful
If you’re somebody that has been wanting to try out certain aesthetic treatments (like me) but the only thing holding you back is your fear of needles, pain, and such, then you probably don’t have much to worry about!
According to Dr Wei Xiang from SL Aesthetic Clinic, technology has become so advanced these days that discomfort levels are greatly minimised through the use of topical numbing creams, anaesthetic substances and so on.
There are even treatments that have such a low discomfort level that they don’t require much help in minimising pain at all!
Myth 4: I Must Commit To Regular Treatments Once I Go For My First One
Here’s the truth: regular treatments are encouraged if you want the most beneficial effect.
However, everyone is at different stages of their lives — so it’s understandable if you cannot afford to fit in routine treatments.
According to Dr Eva from SL Aesthetic Clinic, while it is true that many treatments do require consistency to maintain optimal results, not continuing with regular treatments will not cause any adverse effects — any unintended or ‘unpleasant’ aftereffects you see are just your body’s natural ageing process taking place.
In fact, as soon as you begin your first treatment, it already helps to delay the onset of the ageing symptoms regardless of whether you choose to continue with the treatments at the moment or not.
Myth 5: Opting For The Cheapest Clinic Is The Best Move
While many aesthetic clinics provide similar treatments, it doesn’t mean that they are all using the same technology, brands, and quality of products. Oftentimes, the execution of the treatments also differs with different clinics.
According to Dr Charlene from SL Aesthetic Clinic, beyond ensuring the clinic is equipped with a wide range of equipment, it is important to also make sure they have a team of experienced aesthetic doctors who have your safety and best interests at heart.
Myth 6: Aesthetic Treatments Are Expensive
While some aesthetic treatments can be costly, there are also an array of treatments that are more affordable than you think (in fact, the cost of treatments has decreased due to advances in technology)! For example, a botox treatment in Singapore can start from $S250, which if you think about it, can be more affordable than a meal at a high-end restaurant — and it lasts for up to 6 months!
Dr Kailun from SL Aesthetic Clinic, also a regular gym patron, states that their customised laser programme, which starts from $150, is even cheaper than his monthly gym membership.
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