Samuel Joseph Nwatu is a Medical Aesthetician who believes that medicine is the fountain of youth. But with the growth of people’s acceptability to try some of these procedures, Racheal Abiriba caught.

What is Aesthetic Medicine?

First of all, you have to understand that Aesthetic Medicine has two major branches; Surgical procedures (Plastic Surgery) and Non-surgical procedures.

Plastic surgery often gives brilliant but permanent results with its downside being that it involves general anesthesia, long recovery time, scarring amongst other things. I can’t but stress how amazing and transformative the results from plastic surgery can be especially if performed by a skilled surgeon.

But, people have realized that there is a very safe and painless alternative to rejuvenation of the face and body, and because it is non-permanent the fear factor has been taken out.

Most patients who would have never considered plastic surgery, find non-surgical aesthetic treatments such as chemical peels, Botox and fillers very acceptable and as such these procedures have gained popularity.

Also, a lot of celebrities and public figures have helped promote these procedures in their quest to look “forever young”. Take for instance the Vampire Facials (Micro needling with Platelet Rich Plasma) which grew in request after being embraced by Kim Kardashian.

Truth be told, most of the celebrities and public figures you know have had one form of aesthetic procedure or the other which helps them look un-aging and even more refined as they get older.

Tell us about non-surgical aesthetic procedure

Non-surgical aesthetic procedures have a detailed scientific and clinical background, which is why they can medically tackle the aging process by replacing what the skin does no longer have in abundance because a decrease in the production of some essential body nutrients and other external factors is what leads to skin aging. Some other procedures work by tricking or stimulating the body to regenerate the skin.

Thus, with simple procedures such as the chemical peel that takes about 15-30 mins in clinic, we can correct so many issues such as uneven skin tone, rough texture, acne and even resurface the skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Don’t be scared, chemical peels are the most perforeme aesthetic procedures and are mostly naturally occurring acids which are used to slough off dead skin cells thus revealing younger, newer skin.

The price range of most procedures generally depend on the practitioner,
Chemical peels can cost anywhere between 25,000 naira to as much as 300,000 naira depending on the kind of peel, the technique used and the intended results

The Question still remains, what are the side effects of these procedures?

First of all, you must know that most non-surgical aesthetic procedures are generally safe because these procedures imbibe techniques which are very similar to the body’s natural process. For example the Chemical peel basically sloughs off dead skin cells thus speeding up the natural process of skin cell renewal. The only side effect of chemical peel is increased sensitivity to the sun as the new skin layer ought to be protected from the sun by using a sunscreen and/or hat.

Most side effects of non-surgical Aesthetic procedures are temporal and resolve quickly. They may include; bruising, inflammation and redness. But then, you should know that it is possible to have complications and this is where the choice of practitioner comes in. When choosing an aesthetic procedure, it is important to work with a well experienced practitioner, not the one who has never encountered complications before but someone who is well prepared and able to resolve any issue that arises. Chances are, if the practitioner has never encountered complications or unwanted results, then he/she may still be new in the field and you may be his/her first complicated case.

That said, I must also mention that most of these complications are rare and almost never happen especially if your practitioner structures the procedure and technique used to suit you personally. Complications with Non-injectable procedures( Laser, Micro-needling, Chemical peel, etc) may include

  • Irritation, burning, pruritus, and pain, Persistent erythema, Edema, Blistering
  • Infections (bacterial, herpetic, and candidal)
  • Scarring, delayed healing, milia, and textural changes
  • Hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation
  • Loss of cutaneous barrier and tissue injury
  • Acneiform eruptions
  • Allergic reactions, toxicity, and ectropion
  • Ocular complications.

Complications with Injectable procedures (fillers, botox, kybella etc) may include :

  • Allergic reactions,
  • Chronic inflammation and infection
  • Skin necrosi
  • Intra vascular injection
  • Infection
  • Granulomas
  • Filler migration
  • Loss of function
  • Telangiectasia
  • Hypertrophic scars

All of these complications are totally avoidable by a well experienced practitioner and if they do occur, an experienced practitioner is well equipped to resolve them.

How far is too far?

Well, every individual has his/her personal beauty goals and dream body, but then do remember not to loose yourself in the quest of beauty. The way you look is not a definition of who you are. It’s the imperfections that make us humans don’t allow the pictures you see on Instagram deceive you. So pursue your beauty goals with moderation and stay in the margins of safety.

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