It’s easy to zip into an aesthetic clinic for a quick skin rejuvenation. Being armed with the right knowledge will help you choose the right treatment.
Interest in non-invasive aesthetic treatments has been on a steady increase for the past couple of years, and women (and men) are more open about “having work done” on their faces and bodies in order to look better. On top of that, as our world becomes increasingly fast-paced, the demand for maximum results with minimum down time is also becoming one of the top concerns among those who seek out non-invasive aesthetic treatments.
To help you make the best decisions at the doctor’s clinic, we picked the brain of Dr Douglas Wu, a double board-certified dermatologist in both Canada and the USA, for the key trends in aesthetics you need to know about in 2019.
Yes, you read that right. Instead of turning to aesthetic treatments only when there’s a need to correct more advanced signs of ageing, more and more patients are seeking out these high-performance therapies to enhance and prolong their youth. According to Dr Wu, people are leaning towards the “concept of maintenance or prevention to stave off these symptoms of ageing for as long as you can”. This means that the patients of aesthetic treatments are becoming younger, and starting to consider aesthetic treatments as preventative measures from their early 30s or even late 20s.
2. Wider Use Of Rejuvenating Technology
While there’s no shortage of rejuvenation treatments that help tighten and firm sagging skin on the face, body-focused treatments are relatively lacking in options. According to Dr Wu, there will be more non-invasive body tightening procedures available to the market as more rejuvenation treatments that are currently designed for the face and neck, are adapted for use on the body, which will then balance out the options available for face and body.
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3. Stem Cell Application
Stem cells are cells that are able to differentiate into any type of cells. Simply put, they are blank slates that can be “taught” what to become. This explains why stem cell research has be focused on harnessing stem cells (often obtained from bone marrow transplants or via umbilical cord blood) and applying them in cardiovascular tissue regeneration and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
In skincare, the term “stem cells” is frequently thrown about and is often misunderstood by consumers, warns Dr Wu. Even though many topical skincare products claim to contain stem cells derived from plants, they don’t work in the way stem cells are supposed to. For starters, plant stem cells are not likely to be compatible with human skin cells, so these plant stem cells are unable to do much more than provide skin with some vitamins and nutrients.
And while there are no true stem cell therapy for skin rejuvenation yet, there are some advancements as a result of the application of stem cell technology. For example, Calecim Professional, a skincare label developed by biotech firm Cellresearch Corporation, goes beyond feeding skin with ingredients it has little use for. Using the company’s patented source of stem cells from umbilical cord lining, Calecim Professional products contain Rejuvenating Conditioned Media, a powerful mix of proteins, growth factors and other actives. When skin cells are bathed in Rejuvenating Conditioned Media, cellular rejuvenation speeds up.
4. Multi-Modal Treatments
A few years ago, prospective patients might see a doctor and sign up for treatment packages for just one technology at any one time. For example, they might do a series of radiofrequency sessions to improve skin elasticity before undergoing a few laser resurfacing sessions for better skin texture.
Fast forward to present day and that is no longer what patients want. Instead, it’s all about your doctor’s experience and expertise in these aesthetic treatments so that they can recommend different procedures in varying combinations, depending on each patient’s skin condition and expectations. This explains why more aesthetic doctors and dermatologists will be introducing treatment courses that feature unique combinations of aesthetic technology to address all of your pressing skin concerns. For example, according to Dr Lam Bee Lan, Medical Director of Ageless Medical and Ageless Medi-Aesthetics, she frequently recommends a tailor-made combination of lasers, HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound), Botulinum toxins and threadlifts to give her patients optimal results.