Misconceptions of Aesthetic Treatments
Although aesthetic medicine is becoming more mainstream in Malaysia, there are still several misconceptions surrounding these procedures. The top three misconceptions or myths of aesthetic treatments are:
Myth #1: Aesthetic treatments will make you look “fake” and “done”
To the uninitiated, aesthetic treatments are often associated with over-filled bee-stung pouts or frozen foreheads and faces. In reality, aesthetic treatments and technologies have improved by leaps and bounds over the years. These days, minimally-invasive treatments are used to correct a host of problems in a subtle and refined manner, achieving a look that is not too “done”, without having to go under the knife.
Myth #2: Aesthetic treatments are unsafe
Aesthetic treatments are manufactured using the highest safety standards and have to be approved by national medical authorities before being made available to the public. Because these treatments require a good understanding of facial tissues and muscles, only licensed medical doctors who are trained in facial anatomy are allowed to practice aesthetic medicine. If you have ever seen or heard of horror stories of botched aesthetic treatments, it is highly likely that these were performed by unlicensed beauticians or using counterfeit products.
Myth #3: Aesthetic treatments are only for women or metrosexual men
More and more men of all ages are seeking aesthetic treatments for various reasons, such as to gain an edge in their careers, to slow down signs of ageing, to look refreshed or simply to present their best faces to the world as they embark on a new phase in their lives. From removing facial scars and acne, to diminishing crow’s feet and frown lines, aesthetic treatments can also give patients a much-needed boost of confidence.
On Tuesday, Dr Hew Yin Keat, the Medical Director of M.A.C. Clinic and Founding Member of Malaysian Society of Aesthetic Medicine (MSAM) speaks to MAG on some of the above issues and more, surrounding the practice of aesthetic medicine in Malaysia. Recognised as among a handful of pioneering doctors in aesthetic medicine in Malaysia, Dr Hew seeks to promote the safety and advancement of the field through his work.