Over the years, the term ‘anti-ageing’ has been used to describe various creams, treatments and methods of turning back the clock. At one point, the latest fad was to sit in a darkened room for two minutes a day!
Why are we so interested in anti-ageing? Because at some stage in most people’s lives, we begin to notice the signs of ageing and want to do something about it.
Chris Gill, Managing Director of Good Skin Days explains how the ‘typical’ client wishing to have anti-ageing treatments has changed over time.
“I’ve been involved in the Aesthetics Industry for ten years now and the type of people seeking Botox, Dermal Fillers and Lip Fillers has definitely changed over time. When we opened Good Skin Days in Guiseley, the typical client was 40-60 years old and female.
This demographic didn’t really change until 2013, when we started to notice a trend towards younger people showing interest in injectable treatments. The aim of these people is generally to ‘prevent’ the signs of ageing, rather than waiting to react. Our injectables clients are now both male and female with a far wider range of ages.”
It is a good idea to act preventatively to combat the key signs of ageing. Static (deep set) lines are harder to treat, so by starting treatments earlier and maintaining a regular treatment routine, you will definitely get the best out of your injectables. Starting injectables treatments such as Botox and Dermal Fillers is now commonplace after the mid-20s and if regular treatments are taken, long-term results can be achieved.
One of the reasons for this shift towards younger patients is generally considered to be the increase in our use of social media. The trend of sharing images and information about injectables, aesthetic treatments and beauty in general has encouraged people below the age of 25 (and in some cases as low as 18) to embark on injectables, especially Lip Fillers.
This has thrown up some concerns for us as a clinic. Whilst we would never treat anybody under the age of 18 for any aesthetic treatment, we were very rarely asked to treat people between the age of 18 and 25, so we have had to seriously consider our standpoint on this issue. Our initial response was to refuse treatment to anybody under the age of 21 and we introduced ID checks and new policies to support this. However, we soon discovered that the young men and women we wouldn’t treat were seeking injectables elsewhere and not always in a clinic environment. Because we knew that we would be able to treat them safely and correctly we took the decision to lower our lower age limit to 18 years old. We were initially worried about the public opinion, but we feel that to ignore this age group potentially leaves them vulnerable if they are made to go elsewhere.
We always stress that there are other options available to them and that injectable treatments are a big step at such a young age. It is so important that they are fully informed and any decision is taken seriously. On the positive side, the young people that we have treated are generally very cautious and want to start very gradually to see if injectables are for them.
“Ten years is a long time in the world of aesthetics, I can only guess what the next ten years will bring.”
If you would like to know more about Botox, Dermal Fillers, Lip Fillers or our policies and procedures there is a wealth of information on this website. To book an appointment, call us on 01943 882010 or email email@example.com