But with research* showing a quarter of us would now consider an aesthetic procedure to give ourselves a beauty boost, it’s important that people don’t rush into making their decisions. As more and more of us are interested in having treatments – specifically fillers and Botox – we may be tempted to go for cheaper options and not do our homework before taking the plunge.
The Beautified Britain Index: The Skin Report* shows that more than six million people in the UK believe COVID-19-related stress has caused them to visibly age by at least five years, so it’s no surprise that many of us are looking for quick fixes. However, with a never-ending list of procedures now available, it’s vital you don’t panic-book something you’ll regret in the long run. Non-surgical cosmetic aesthetics have improved over the last few years, both in terms of safety and efficacy. Having said that, choosing the right one for you can be confusing and I can’t stress enough, how important it is to do your research and find a clinician you completely trust.
Because Christmas and the New Year can be a stretch for our budgets, it may be tempting to choose a procedure because of the low price point. But those offering cheap treatments could be under-trained and unregulated, and you may be left disappointed with the outcome. Promises of amazing results can sound very appealing, but remember these are medical procedures and as such can have associated side effects and complications. You owe it to yourself to be well informed, so make sure you do your research by visiting clinic websites and reading through patient testimonials.
I always recommend having a face-to-face consultation with your clinician beforehand to ensure you fully understand what the treatment entails and discuss follow-up care.
I strongly advise you look for a doctor-led clinic with highly experienced staff, after all your safety is literally in their hands. This means you will have a proper assessment to see what is suitable for you, you can discuss your medical history and lifestyle, and find out if there are any side effects that need to be taken into account. It is important that your expectations are managed so you know what to expect. Don’t feel pressured into having a treatment done; you will need time to consider your options and decide whether it is something you are still happy to go ahead with and that you feel confident in your decision.
For more information on the treatments I offer please visit https://www.drjuliasen.co.uk/
The *Beautified Britain Index: The Skin Report, compiled by Dr Yusra Al-Mukhtar, revealed that over the last year Google data saw a 50% increase in the search for ‘tweakments’ and ‘aesthetic treatments’ with 1 in 4 people saying they would now consider an aesthetic treatment.