Dr Tim Pearce Predicts
Here’s a concept to stimulate debate…
I believe that virtually ALL surgical treatments to enhance beauty will be banished to history by 2020 as highly-advanced non-surgical methods take their place.
With the latest products and techniques, non-surgical cosmetic treatments can rival the results of surgery for many patients, giving a more natural look at a lower price. However, Dr Tim’s prediction isn’t just about anti-ageing facial treatments – traditional liposuction could be replaced by injectable treatments to remove fat.
In a recent statement to the press, Dr Tim Pearce has been quoted as saying:
“The days of scalpels going hand-in-hand with general anaesthetic to improve appearance are numbered, soon to be replaced by a simple needle instead.
“In the very near future, the non-surgical market will have a solution for everything that surgery currently has a solution for.
“It certainly sounds the death knell for traditional cosmetic surgery, which in my opinion will be entirely obsolete by the end of this decade.
“Non-surgical procedures like thread lifts for skin tightening and dermal fillers for lifting and volumising are already mirroring the effects of invasive, and more expensive, face lifts.
“Fat reducing injections are just around the corner, which will ultimately do away with liposuction.
“And we can repair broken noses with filler, re-shaping the profile while in some cases also helping the customer to breath easily once more through collapsed nostrils.
“The message is clear – cosmetic surgeons are not going to be happy because we’re going to be doing so much more than they’re capable of, with so much less effort.”
400% Increase in Non-Surgical Nose Job
To illustrate the point, Dr Pearce says his clinic saw a 400 per cent rise in non-surgical ‘lunch hour’ nose job treatments between 2014 and 2015, climbing from two dozen clients to several hundred.
Unlike traditional nose jobs – where the bone is broken and re-set by a surgeon while the patient is under anaesthetic, and which also require extensive healing times – SkinViva’s version sees liquid dermal filler injected under the skin to radically alter the appendage’s shape.
The cost of this ‘non-surgical rhinoplasty’ is also much cheaper than the hospital version – £600 compared with up to £7,000.
Kybella – Substitute for Liposuction?
Meanwhile next up to steal work from surgeons is a liposuction substitute called ‘Kybella’, which is being marketed by the Dublin-headquartered pharmaceutical giant Allergan, the firm also behind the famous wrinkle-buster Botox.
Kybella contains deoxycholic acid which causes fat cells to die in a controlled way, and in November last year it was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in combating double-chins – aka ‘submental fullness.’
As practitioners across The Pond begin using Kybella on paying patients, its only a matter of time before it comes to the UK ad Dr Pearce says it could represent a sea change in customers shunning the operating table in favour of more moderate measures.
“Kybella is a non-surgical substitute for liposuction, licensed for use just under the jaw line, which is probably the main place you’d want to use it.
“It’ll enable us to restore the jaw line in people who have lost that sculptured shadow, getting rid of any double chin.
“And it’s bound to be a big part of what UK clinics offer when it arrives here in Britain later this year.”
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Dr Tim Pearce, MBChB BSc (hons) MRCGP, Clinical Director
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