Sharp rise in de­mand for cos­metic skin fillers


ABU DHABI: In­jectable illers are be­ing in­creas­ingly used for fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion or to give fea­tures a cos­metic boost as fillers are very safe with no per­ma­nent side ef­fects. How­ever, it is im­por­tant for pa­tients to un­der­stand the risks, al­ter­na­tives and beneits prior to re­ceiv­ing illers, opined prac­ti­tion­ers of in­ter­na­tional re­pute gath­ered in Abu Dhabi.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the fourth Abu Dhabi In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence in Der­ma­tol­ogy and Aes­thet­ics (AIDA 2018), one of the world’s largest es­tab­lished skin­care con­gresses which con­cluded on Satur­day, they said that along with other cos­metic pro­ce­dures, illers have be­come quite pop­u­lar.

Dr Mariam Al Suwaidi, Con­sul­tant Der­ma­tol­o­gist, Sheikh Khal­ifa Med­i­cal City, Abu Dhabi, said that this is the era of cos­met­ics thus there is an in­crease in de­mand for such pro­ce­dures.

“Fillers are more in de­mand rather than go­ing un­der the knife. It is go­ing higher every day. Pa­tients must go to trained physi­cians who are quali­ied to per­form the pro­ce­dures as pa­tient safety is very im­por­tant. The real prob­lem is that pa­tients are un­aware of the sub­stance that is be­ing in­jected. Ed­u­cat­ing pa­tients about the pro­ce­dure, com­pli­ca­tions and the side-ef­fects are very im­por­tant,” she added.

Ac­cord­ing to data from the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Plas­tic Sur­geons, the use of illers in the US soared from 1.8 mil­lion pro­ce­dures in 2010 to 2.6 mil­lion in 2016. The sta­tis­tics also re­vealed that amer­i­cans are turn­ing to new and in­no­va­tive ways to shape their bod­ies, as non-invasive fat re­duc­tion pro­ce­dures rose by 7% com­pared to the sta­tis­tics col­lected in 2016. Sim­i­larly, non-sur­gi­cal skin tight­en­ing grew by 9% over the year.

While these sta­tis­tics are lim­ited to the US alone, they in­di­cate a change in the global trend. Now, more and more peo­ple are go­ing for illers as they are very safe with few adverse side ef­fects. The most com­mon com­pli­ca­tions are swelling and in­fec­tion, which are rel­a­tively be­nign com­pli­ca­tions, with no per­ma­nent side ef­fects, ex­perts told the par­tic­i­pants.

Dr Uliana Gout, cel­e­brated cos­metic physi­cian from the UK, said that due to liv­ing in a dig­i­tal world and al­ways be­ing con­nected to so­cial me­dia, peo­ple are now fre­quently com­mu­ni­cat­ing the con­cepts of beauty, aging, re­ju­ve­na­tion and well­ness all the time. So it is on top of ev­ery­one’s mind.

She sug­gested that peo­ple must have a holis­tic ap­proach while think­ing about beau­ti­ica­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion pro­ce­dures. “Peo­ple usu­ally go for face re­ju­ve­na­tion ig­nor­ing hand re­ju­ve­na­tion, which is the sec­ond most vis­i­ble body part. Sim­i­larly, body peel­ing is an­other as­pect that pa­tients don’t re­quest fre­quently, while it has over 2000-year-old his­tory, Cleopa­tra be­ing the irst one to go for skin-en­hanc­ing ses­sions.” Cau­tion­ing pa­tients about the pro­ce­dures, Dr Uliana Gout said, “For pa­tients, it is very im­por­tant to un­der­stand whom to go and see. Find the prac­ti­tioner who meets the safety pa­ram­e­ters, re­ally un­der­stand show treat­ment works and know the pros and cons, as well as how to bal­ance the risk and beneit ra­tio. Peo­ple need to have a strat­egy, short term and long term be­cause this is about med­i­cal well­ness.” Dr. Khaled Oth­man, Con­sul­tant Der­ma­tol­o­gist and Chair of the Con­fer­ence, said that the 4th edi­tion of In­ter­na­tional Der­ma­tol­ogy and Aes­thetic Con­fer­ence (AIDA 2018), held from Sept.27-29, 2018, was very suc­cess­ful. It at­tracted more than 66 top-notch speak­ers from 31 coun­tries who dis­cussed the re­cent press­ing top­ics and share their knowl­edge, best prac­tices and lat­est sci­en­tiic re­search in the ield of der­ma­tol­ogy, aes­thetic, plas­tic surgery and laser. The pro­gram con­sisted of 85 sci­en­tiic ses­sions and 18 cut­ting-edge work­shops and 3 clin­i­cal cour­ses.

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