For as long as civilization has been around, people have been obsessed with staying young. The obsession, in the past was simply stemmed from the desire to stay away from old age. The association implied that old age was just a stepping stone towards death. Over centuries, ideas and beliefs have evolved. Still the desire to feel and look younger has never been stronger than it seems to be in this day and age.
Modern science has been dedicated to finding a way to allow people to live forever but as far as the foreseeable future is concerned, these plans seem more like science fiction. If and when we finally get to an age where it becomes closer to the realms of possibility, there is a widespread opinion that states it might not be as exciting as it sounds. While the quest for immortality might be beyond the reach of most people around, it has not stopped them from spending incredible amounts of their wealth in the quest for looking younger.
Across cosmetics, fashion, dermatology and sometimes some out of the box fixes, people spend billions of dollars each year to help them look and feel younger. It is a trend that doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down. In fact, the incredible demand for the next big thing in beauty and wellness has led to some incredible progress when it comes to anti-aging solutions.
Solutions that defy age come in all kinds of shapes sizes and styles. One of the largest markets seems to be one dominated by the large players in the mass market cosmetic markets. The anti-aging creams have become a long-term fix coupled with makeup that people have used through history to make themselves appear more desirable and often younger.
For those looking for a more permanent fix, cosmetic treatment and surgeries are available. Over time they have become accessible affordable and most importantly safe. There are procedures available for almost every part of the human body that helps reverse the visible effects of aging giving them a much younger, youthful appearance.
Dr Siew Tuck Wah, one of the pioneers in the field has been at the forefront when it comes to breaking new ground with state of the art cosmetic treatment. His PDRN Therapy has been hailed as one of the most effective treatments around. Alluding to its benefits, he says “Unlike other injection procedures such as hyaluronic acid dermal fillers that work by replacing lost volume, PDRN therapy works by reversing signs of aging at the cellular level. It biologically increases the metabolic activity of skin cells to stimulate collagen, heal damaged skin, and reduce inflammation. This way, it targets skin aging at its root causes.”
With treatments like these, we are seeing a move towards safer, more sustainable solutions. A far cry from some rather questionable medical practices carried out in the past under the guise of cosmetic surgery. Legislation is now in place to regulate these industries. It has gone a long way when it comes to eliminating malpractice in the field.
A famous quote from the Spider Man film franchise says, “with great power comes great responsibility.” When it comes to the way they look, people tend to be emotional and sometimes incapable of making clear objective decisions, burdening the medical community in the filed with a large ethical responsibility.
The medical world has been divided when it comes to tackling this particular situation. There are sections of it that take the capitalistic approach trying to maximize profits that are inevitable given how widespread the need goes. There is another section that believes in the more ethical approach. The belief steps from ethos based on honest discussion and setting realistic expectations. Sometimes this honesty might lead to a short term loss in revenue. The debate will continue.
As consumers it is important to understand the pros and cons of any treatment well. There are those that swear by the confidence it brings to their lives overflowing into their professional and personal lives enriching it manifold. On the other hand, there are those that will not support spending large amounts of money suggesting the treatments only lead to regret and resentment in the long run.
Like most things in the world, there is no universal right or wrong. People are different and react differently to various situations. The only universal fact in this scenario is that the industry is growing at a staggering rate. This is a clear indication of the demand for such services. It is up to each individual to decide what treatment, if any is the best for them and how they can protect themselves from any harmful side effects. The quest for looking younger has lasted over millennia, it will not ease up as long as we inhabit bodies that decay and age.
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