By Dr. Lisa Kellett
When it comes to Canadian women and aging, it seems that less aging is more desirable. I am not surprised that in the recent Grace in Aging study, over half (52%) of the women surveyed were concerned about the signs of facial aging. Not a novel statistic considering the first forms of cosmetic enhancement date back to ancient Egypt where scars were treated using sandpaper.
While loose skin was the top concern, brown spots and wrinkles rounded up the top three. This is no surprise in today’s social-media and selfie-obsessed HD culture where our appearance is being more prominently viewed, and shared than ever before. Considering the same study discovered that 41% of women feel anxiety when having their picture taken, that leaves us with a need to treat patient’s concerns without adding to their existing stressors.
I have always told my patients that the desired treatment outcome should be to look like a more rested and fresh version of ourselves. People want natural and long-lasting results so we look for products that offer the desired results that are also safe and clinically effective.
As alternatives to surgery continue to flourish, the use of injectable fillers continues to gain popularity with women as more products and medical professionals alike aim to deliver consistent and desirable results that can be personalized based on individual patient concerns.
Source: Grace in Aging Survey, 2015. This survey was conducted online within Canada by Harris Poll on behalf of Galderma Canada from Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, 2015, among 1,005 Canadian women aged 35 to 65. This online survey is not based on a probability sample, and therefore, no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated