What is ageing gracefully?
What is your definition of “ageing gracefully”? Would you embrace ageing whole-heartedly, and do nothing to hold on to your youth? Or are you the type who believes in ageing gracefully with the help of preventive skin care products combined with a nip and tuck occasionally?
On this topic, The Business Times spoke to a few medical aesthetic doctors, including Halley Medical Aesthetics’ Dr. Terence Tan in April 2019, to find out their definition of ageing gracefully and what they feel is needed to age gracefully. Here is the full excerpt of Dr. Terence Tan’s interview with the Singapore paper.
- First of all, what do you mean by ageing gracefully?
Ageing gracefully means looking youthful for one’s age while maintaining a natural, bright, and cheerful appearance.
- What are the ways medical aesthetics can help us achieve a graceful ageing?
With improved technology, natural beauty can be attained through natural, non-invasive treatments. Skin rejuvenation procedures like Ultherapy, are great for reversing loose skin due to ageing and sun exposure. Pigmentation can also be easily treated with new generation pico-lasers. Innovation through new machines and treatment methods has enabled doctors to perform treatments with better results and less, or even zero, downtime.
- What are the top three most common myths/misconceptions about how medical aesthetic treatments can help us age gracefully?
Myth #1: No pain, no gain!
Myth #2: No downtime, no good!
Myth #3: Aesthetic treatments will make me look unnatural.
- Tell us more about each myth/misconception and what the truth really is.
Fact #1: Nothing can be further from the truth. Good pain relief is paramount in every treatment. Aesthetic patients are not sick, therefore every treatment should be made comfortable through adequate preparation. Performing procedures with a good technique and an appropriate power level, together with the use of numbing cream and medications, allow the doctor to perform a comfortable yet effective treatment.
Fact #2: This is not true. Technological advancements and innovative treatment methods enable better results with less downtime.
Fact #3: A doctor needs to take into account the expectations of the patient. While too little treatment would not meet the patient’s expectations, the doctor should also try not to “over-treat” the patient, “exceeding the expectations of the patient” in an undesirable way!
- Why do you think these myths/misconceptions come about?
Maybe it is due to watching too many YouTube videos! But seriously, these concerns are quite universal and stem from a time where treatment protocols were not quite as developed and treatments were not quite as sophisticated as they are today.
- How can people looking for aesthetic treatments ensure they don’t fall for fake news? How about counterfeit treatments?
Do your research, look for reputable doctors and clinics for your treatment. Do not be embarrassed to ask embarrassing questions about the origin of the equipment and their authenticity. A good doctor would take his time to answer these concerns prior to treatment.