By Dr. Kaycee Reyes
Today is the best time to get beautiful. The last decade has seen remarkable breakthroughs in cosmetic surgery! While it is not for everyone, the fact that individuals now have more choices to look better and feel better about themselves is truly empowering. Moreover, the social stigma of having “something done” is slowly becoming more acceptable, especially in a conservative country like ours.
Did you know that people who are physically beautiful are no less happy than those who are not as attractive? Research says that it is the individual’s personal perception of his or her beauty that makes him/her happy, not how other people see him or her as. That being said, it is no wonder that studies have also seen positive outcomes in cosmetic surgery with an improvement in one’s well-being, such as less anxiety, more satisfaction in life, a higher self-esteem, and a happier disposition. The numbers show it, too: According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, more than 20 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures have been performed in 2015 alone, with the US leading at 14.7 percent of the total surgical procedures that year, followed by Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, and India. The US still tops the non-surgical procedures at 21.8 percent, still followed by Brazil, then South Korea, Mexico, and India. Top surgical procedures are breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid surgery, and abdominoplasty. Top non-surgical procedures include botolinum toxin injections, hyaluronic acid injection or liquid facelift, laser hair removal, and non-surgical fat reduction. The top procedure overall was still botulinum toxin (or botox).
While cosmetic surgery in the Philippines is not as common as say, in the US, it can be said that there is not only a heightened awareness of it nowadays, but clinics offer it more now than ever, and the numbers of those going for it are steadily increasing.
This year, The Philippine Society for Cosmetic Surgery (PSCS), Philippine Society of Liposuction Surgery, Inc. (PSLSI), Philippine Academy of Dermatologic Surgery Foundation, Inc. (PADSFI), Pan Pacific Aesthetic Institute Foundation Inc. (PPAI), and Philippine Academy of Non Surgical Aesthetics (PANSA) with the Korean College of Cosmetic Surgery (KCCS) and the Thai Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (TACS) all came together for the International Conference on “Emerging Trends in Cosmetic Surgery” held on Sept. 22 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati. Both local and internationally known speakers from Thailand, South Korea, Vietnam, Italy, and the US were invited to the event and talked about the latest in medical and medical marketing trends of aesthetic, dermatological, and cosmetic procedures.
From lasers, fillers, even facial and vaginal rejuvenation using Botulinum toxins to rhinoplasty, volumetric face lifting, breast augmentation using fat grafting, fat transfer, and body contouring using non-surgical and surgical methods—you name it, it was talked about! Our Philippine medical practitioners talked about rhinoplasty, fat extraction methods, hair loss treatments and hair transplant, dermal fillers, sclerotherapy, non-surgical face and body tightening, the latest laser treatments in skin resurfacing and lightening (by yours truly), and liposuction. And the conference did not end there. The following day was an incredible learning experience for all participants as it featured a live surgical demonstration at the Surgery Center of Centuria Medical Makati. The event was definitely an interesting, stimulating, and an exciting time to learn about the newest and the best treatments in the world of cosmetic surgery today—to the younger ones, it’s definitely lit!
Cosmetic surgery has taken great leaps since the past few years. While more and more people are going “under the knife” for their own reasons, it must be stated that still, plastic surgery is not recommendable for everyone. If considering this, please make sure to only visit a certified and registered clinic, and consult only with and trained dermatologist and surgeon. As some might not know, an individual has to go through rigorous testing to determine that he or she is a qualified candidate—and that includes an in-depth medical history and (sometimes) even psychological screening. It’s one thing to enhance one’s look with fillers and another to overdo it because of a body image problem. Just make sure of one thing: That you are doing this for your own and for the right reasons, not for what society imposes on you.