CAREhER Editorial Team：
As motivated women, we constantly strive for greater success in our career, relationships and life. Developing a deep and genuine understanding of our own strengths and how we make good decisions are what we are willing to invest time in, so as to get closer to our ideal status of life. At the same time, we also want to look radiant, happy and healthy, and medical aesthetics is definitely an option that we have all considered.
As much as we are interested in exploring medical aesthetics, what we read about in the media or hear about from friends, who perhaps did not have a pleasant experience, puts us off. Where should we start in our research to ensure that we receive accurate and genuine information? What are the questions we should be asking the experts, so that we have the confidence to proceed with medical aesthetics with peace of mind?
- Let’s evaluate it like a career path and make a resolute effort to research this!
Let’s examine the pros and cons – from treatments for anti-aging and microcurrent facials, to fat freezing and wrinkle removal – which are the appropriate treatments to get to our ideal outcome? What are the possible side effects? As female consumers inundated with information, we have become research oriented when making important purchase decisions. We like to ensure that we have a complete understanding of products that we use, procedures we undertake, and knowing that we have chosen the best clinic for our requirements.
According to the 2021 Taiwan Medical Aesthetic Behavior Survey Report, 91.1% of women in the 25-55 age group interviewed said they were worried about the risks related to medical aesthetics, and more than 50% of the interviewees feel that “detailed consultation” and “experienced trained physicians” will put them at ease of proceeding with the treatment. Interviewees also said that when receiving medical aesthetic treatments, they put the most emphasis on “physician skills,” “product quality,” and “pre-treatment evaluation.” So, where do we go from here?
- Be Resourceful: Research opinions and suggestions from the medical professionals
Even though we are constantly seeking the latest, most talked about medical aesthetics treatments, we are also concerned about the potential side effects. Thus, the medical profession began to advocate the concept of “be confident you”. The world’s largest medical beauty manufacturer and pharmaceutical factory, Allergan Medical Beauty, supports this initiative and suggests four major indicators to guide consumers on how to verify the effectiveness and safety of their chosen medical aesthetics treatment.
Dr. Hu Qianting, deputy director of the Aesthetic Medicine Center of Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taoyuan, is a proponent of the view that “the self-care of one’s physical beauty and well-being is also a kind of medical practice”. The first step must be to consult with physicians to understand the differences between treatments and contents of products. She also emphasized that through the 4-indicator framework, we can be more confident and assured in making an informed choice:
- Choose products and treatments with clinical and documentary evidence that prove that they are grounded in medical science
- Products used should have the US FDA or EU CE certification to ensure its safety
- Choose a physician/trained medical professional to ensure the best post-treatment results
- Conduct a personalised full assessment before the treatment to understand the process of getting to what you want to achieve
Before performing any medical aesthetics procedure, having a medical professional to respond to your queries, and using the four major indicators as guidelines for selection will make you feel more confident about your decision.
- Ask your support net – hear the personal experiences of your female friends!
Find out what you should be aware of in the course of choosing your ideal treatment through your personal support net! For example, for non-invasive medical beauty treatments such as fat freezing, since every individual has a different level of pain tolerance, you have to decide if you want to opt in for anesthesia. Also, how do you plan the number of cycles required to make it most effective – cost and results wise?
- Communicate and Communicate: Confirm the beauty of tacit understanding with the doctor
When you have decided on the course of treatment and choice of products, there is still one very important point: your physician/medical professional’s ”understanding of beauty” — their aesthetics — and whether they share the same as yours. Am I speaking the same language of what’s considered “beautiful” as my physician? Do we have the same understanding of the outcome I want to achieve?
This is also the idea that Anxin Medical Aesthetics emphasized. Through the Allergan Medical School under Allergan Medical Aesthetics, the personnel performing the treatment should be physicians who have been certified in medical aesthetics and have received certifications for specific treatments. The relevant training undergone by the physician, the understanding of latest knowledge of the treatment and product, and being in-the-know of market trends allow the physician to be intuitive and sensitive to minutiae that will impact the overall outcome of the treatment.
We all have our own definition and imagery of what we consider “beauty”, so a detailed pre-treatment consultation and evaluation is necessary, and even more so if it would include an emotional analysis, so that the physicians and consultants get better insight into one’s concerns and apprehensions. After all, sometimes the most important question we want to be asked is “How do you feel about this?”
As the new generation of women in business, we have the ability and we are inundated with options for self-care, so carefully choose the medical and aesthetic treatments that will give you peace of mind. Research, understand and learn more about the science behind the treatments and products, and ask the relevant experts, so that you will be able to make the best decision for yourself.
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