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Surgical procedures vs non-surgical for the younger woman

Reports show that women are becoming more and more anxious about ageing – the average woman believes she has spotted her first wrinkle by age 29, according to a poll of 2000 women by a UK-based skincare company. Women are becoming increasingly inclined to take invasive measures and seek solutions in haste, without due time taken for an in-depth consideration of what is involved.

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Don’t make sudden choices to go under the knife.  If you are considering cosmetic treatment of any kind, we advise that you research thoroughly all the surgical and non-surgical options to address your aims and concerns. There are many avenues you can explore including diet and lifestyle, giving up smoking, cutting down on weekly alcohol consumption, and of course cosmetic intervention.

Dr. Dayal Mukherjee, CEO and lead clinician of The Aura Clinic London, warns that younger patients especially need to know the pros and cons of cosmetic interventions: “I have indeed seen people in their late 20’s with concerns about early age lines, although most female patients I see below age 30 seek either lip or cheek enhancement. Prior to treatment I always try to advise these patients well on the risks and benefits involved, and the fact that there will probably be an ongoing need. Most accept this and are relatively well-informed to start with. “Preventative” botox, something which I am frequently asked about, is a bit of a myth and can mislead young people, because a) you can’t predict wrinkles and how they will appear, and b) if you stop having botox injections, the wrinkles will eventually reappear. Having said this, studies have shown that botox is required less frequently as time goes by”.

The benefits of non-invasive procedures are that they can very successfully rejuvenate and enhance, perhaps indeed preventing or significantly delaying the need for radical surgery, and without requiring a general anaesthetic. Non-invasive procedures performed by a trained and skilled doctor or surgeon involves on average lower pain, lower down-time, lower cost and overall lower risk compared to surgery, at most taking an hour of your time. In general, risk associated with surgical procedures can be related to general anaesthesia, intra- or post-operative complications (such as infection, structural damage and prolonged pain), or dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction is something all cosmetic practitioners, whether surgeons or physicians, see from time to time. A benefit of the majority of non-invasive solutions, such as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers or botox, is that any dissatisfaction can be quickly addressed with either supplementary treatment or reversal of the product used. This is rarely the case in full surgery. The other side of the argument is however, that surgery (e.g. a face lift or rhinoplasty) offers a long-lasting and definitive correction to an aesthetic problem, albeit at higher cost. A further consideration is that non-surgical treatments are by no means risk-free, and in poorly trained hands can also result in serious complications. At our clinic we therefore strongly support recommendations of the Keogh Report which underline the need for dermal fillers to become prescription products, administered only by trained and accredited doctors who can easily and safely manage complications. To date, we have experienced zero complications with our non-surgical treatments at The Aura Clinic, and we continue to audit this on a regular basis.

If you are considering treatment, look at all the options available, research them as thoroughly as possible, and seek guidance from a qualified aesthetic surgeon or physician.

The Aura Clinic London welcomes any questions pertaining to this blog article, and we can be contacted on +44 (0) 203 398 1524 or at [email protected], where one of our trained aesthetic doctors will respond to you.