What are the most common hoaxes in aesthetic medicine?


The expert in Dermocosmetics, Antiaging Medicine and Nutrition, Inmaculada Canterla, clarifies why some of the most widespread beliefs about aesthetic medicine are false and advocates always going to medical-aesthetic professionals with training and experience, who can offer advanced techniques with which to achieve the desired results.

Regarding the fear of some people to apply surgery to the face for “fear of staying with wrist cheekbones”, the expert responds that this belief is given by the “amplification of cases” where there has been an “improper use” of the medicine esthetic. “In a society in which 36 percent of the population undergoes medical-aesthetic treatments (according to data from the Spanish Society of Aesthetic Medicine), very little is said about the cases of success, which are the majority, and how With good aesthetic medicine, very natural, subtle and harmonious results can be obtained, “says Canterla.

Similarly, the specialist adds that the idea that aesthetic medicine is only aimed at older people is “flatly false”, since there is “a new concept of beautifying and not just rejuvenating, based on the importance of starting early to care the skin, thus preventing the early appearance of the signs of aging “. In this sense, according to Canterla, aesthetic medicine “is, above all, an active prevention tool.”

On the other hand, the expert warns of a new trend derived from the rise of social networks, which is already known as ‘Snapchat dysmorphia’, in which some patients want the result of their medical-aesthetic technique to be the same as that of a ‘selfie’ made with the beauty filters of said application. “It is something dangerous, because it is between reality and fantasy, and it must be understood that modern medicine cannot achieve miraculous results,” says Canterla.

As the specialist continues, it is also common for many patients to come to the clinic because they want to imitate some of the traits of a famous person. “In these cases, it is important to invite the patient to recognize herself in front of the mirror, so that she can see what her best self can be and not someone else’s”. As stated, it is not correct to focus only on a trait or sign to be treated without contemplating it within a set, “since harmonizing and treating the face in a global and individual way is a necessary work to achieve favorable results”, he explains.

Regarding the belief that facial fillers are noticeable “for life”, the aesthetic medicine specialist clarifies that it is “totally false” because they are applied respecting the patient’s expression, “avoiding at all times that they can be seen wrong or be perceptive, “he says. “The objective of fillers is, in general, to return to their place the features that time has repositioned, such as drooping cheekbones or thinning lips,” says the expert.

Finally, Canterla points out that “there is no one treatment for everything”, since the same problem can correspond to several treatments. “In some cases they will be complementary and in others they will be alternative, but it is important to be advised,” says the expert, adding that “the best technique is the combination of several techniques.” For example, combining the treatment with tensioning threads with collagen stimulators multiplies the effect of both procedures. “The combination of therapies is the key to the correct approach to facial aging”, he concludes.

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