Skincare vs Aesthetic Procedures

You’ve been using skincare for ages and up till now, as you get older, after taking a long look in the mirror, inevitably fine lines and sagging skin is noticeable even when you try to diligently camouflage it with make-up and concealers touted to take years of your face.

The fact is, the right top-of-the-line skincare does deliver results in the appearance of your skin but it can only go so far in delaying the effects of aging. Spending thousands of dollars on the best-of-the-best anti-aging potions is the norm for most women since beginning of time and yet the end results have been less than satisfactory, sometimes bordering on disappointment.

Prolonging The Inevitable

Sure, skincare does wonders for you but you do realize that when approaching your forties, the efficiency of the best cream or lotion is slowly losing its combat to aging, muscle movement, fat loss, gravity, sun damage, stress and other factors which will eventually take its toll on your looks.

Left alone, it’s a downhill ride from there and here you have arrived at the cross point of your life. To carry on with what the best skincare can do for you or to join the many other women that have opted to undergo cosmetic corrective procedures to get back their youthful appearance.

The Difference:

1. Dependency

Using skincare as an anti-aging procedure is where you are artificially applying cream to stimulate your skin’s production of what it lacks for optimum functionality and presentation. When you stop applying, it causes the skin to depreciate to its original deficient condition. Therefore, it is a dependent method compared to aesthetic procedure where non-invasive treatments will address your problems and there is no need to continue on with the treatments once your problems have been solved.

2. Efficiency

Anti-aging skincare claims in advertisements promising the same wrinkle-diminishing, age-defying results similar to wrinkle-filling injections or laser resurfacing are rarely required to prove their claims so there is no substantial evidence of its efficiency in stalling the signs of aging. If you’re sceptical about what you read, you’re not alone as some doctors also question the claims and promises; deducing that if these creams could accomplish the same thing as a cosmetic procedure, they would be drugs and not cosmetics skincare.

3. Affordability

Let us weigh and compare the statistics based on how much women would be spending between skincare and aesthetic procedures. Generally, the average woman would be splurging about RM2,400 every six months on the top-of-the-line skincare to maintain skin firmness and elasticity while for the same targeting effect and timeline, a Botox procedure would only cost RM1,800.

There’s nothing wrong with the remarkable benefits of state-of-the-art skincare routine but millions of celebrities, models, men and women all over the world have chosen a better approach – aesthetic procedures to make themselves look and feel a little bit better as they get older.

And why not? After all, these minimally invasive methods can be easily done over lunch hour to treat your skin problems, quick and affordable. Coupled with today’s scientific progress, there are many aesthetic procedures available, most with no down time and may be even painless.

Some quick lunchtime procedures are:-

Chemical Peel Treatments

Customized skin treatment targeting acne, sun-damage, fine lines and pigmentation, usually prescribed as a course of four to six clinical treatments performed a month apart. Each treatment takes about 30 minutes.

Injectable Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers, also known as hyaluronic acid fillers, are one of the most popular facial rejuvenation treatments used to restore lost volume in the face, to smooth and to reduce wrinkles and lines; and to create plumper lips.

Laser Resurfacing

Used to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, this technique directs short, concentrated pulsating beams of light at the troubled spot, precisely removing skin layer by layer. This popular procedure is also called lasabrasion, laser peel or laser vaporization.

Botox

Botulinum toxin (Botox) injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily relax the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, such as frown lines, crow’s feet and furrows.

Best Of Both

There are many more procedures available but it’s for the best to consult your doctor as he or she may recommend other procedures better suited to treat your skin irregularity. All in all, it’s never wrong to treat your face and body to skincare or aesthetic course of action. You can only decide the best for yourself and who says you have to choose one over the other?