What are the driving factors behind our love of cosmetic procedures, and are there any natural, long-term alternatives to synthetic treatments?
There have been many theories to explain the increase in demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in recent years. The non-surgical cosmetic treatment market is worth well over £3bn in the UK, and 9 out of 10 of these procedures are Botox or fillers. As a result, hundreds of Botox and cosmetic treatment clinics have sprung up across the country in the last few years.
These procedures were traditionally aimed at older patients to help achieve a more youthful look. Now though, the Botox and filler market is being fuelled primarily by young people aged 18-34. Given this trend, many are speculating that both the social media boom and influencer culture have contributed to a huge proportion of younger people striving to achieve a similar aesthetic. With this culture promoting a certain look, it’s not surprising that thousands of young people are deciding to undergo cosmetic procedures.
A survey carried out by Mintel found that 28% of 18 to 24-year-olds and 31% of 25 to 34-year-olds have had a cosmetic treatment (compared with a 21% average for the wider population). These numbers suggest that it’s becoming extremely common for young men and women to have facial fillers and anti-wrinkle injections on a regular basis.
This news comes amidst a report published last year by the Mental Health Foundation, which found that over one in five adults (22%) and 40% of teenagers said images on social media caused them to worry about their body image.
With the drastic increase in the popularity of tweakments among younger people, general acceptance of cosmetic alternations has become more widespread. However, with long-term use of Botox and fillers being associated with some complications, new treatments are being developed to offer patients a natural alternative to traditional fillers. These treatments aim to provide long-lasting results without the potential health risks.
Uvence’s lead surgeon, Dr. Olivier Amar, has personally seen a noticeable increase in consultations in his clinic that are being booked by young people. Lots of young adults are looking to get ahead of the game and achieve their desired aesthetic, despite still being very young. The cosmetic treatment industry in the UK is largely unregulated though, and long-term usage of synthetic substances has been associated with some health complications, so it must always be approached with caution.
As the industry develops and more people step into the world of cosmetic treatments at younger and younger ages, we are beginning to see patients who are becoming aware of the limitations of synthetic procedures. Many patients are now focusing upon the idea of “wellness”, and are looking for long-term solutions that do not rely on synthetic substances. With this in mind, there are now a number of alternative treatments to the traditional Botox and fillers, which exhibit incredible benefits without the use of potentially damaging substances.
One of the leading examples of such treatments is Uvence. The treatment harnesses the body’s own self-repair system to boost the elasticity and vibrancy of one’s skin. By extracting a patient’s fat cells and purifying them to remove all inflammatory and unnecessary materials, Uvence can create ‘super enriched tissue’. This incredible substance can be re-injected to rapidly rejuvenate skin and provide long-lasting, natural results.