People ask me why I choose to do aesthetic medicine. They feel it is not real medicine and pretty much quite a waste of my medical training. Even my own father mentioned it to me.
What they don’t understand is– if I don’t do it, who should? Would you rather to have someone who went through beauty school injecting things into your face, or someone who has proper medical training and accreditation?
Cosmetic medicine is not as simple and straightforward as it seems. It is increasingly a need nowadays. Let’s face it, studies have shown that people with good looks get around more than those who don’t. Disfigurement is at least an emotional disability since the start of time, and getting more and more so in today’s society. Your face is 90% of your presentation of your self to the world you meet. It makes the first impression, no matter how superficial that really is, and it complements the lasting opinions of what people think of you.
Haven’t you read in the news of people who went for botox and filler injections by mere beauticians (seldom locally, thankfully) and ended up with complications that eventually needed the doctor’s attention?
Many things can go wrong with administration of these medicinal products. You can paralyse the wrong muscle or accidentally embolise filler material into a blood vessel. You can end up with infection and scarring, if not done with proper sterility. You need someone who knows and who you can trust, to do it for you. Not that doctors are perfect– risks are always present, but they can be minimised.
So for those who sneer and think that cosmetic doctors don’t help people, ask those who’ve sought for effective cosmetic treatment and, as a result, have regained confidence in themselves, have improved their quality of life, even to the point of having a new lease in their lives. 🙂
As for me, I’m loving what I do, and no disparaging word can dampen the gratification of witnessing my patients’ joy when they walk out beautiful, with their heads held high.