Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

Madrid, September 20 (EFE).- According to a report by the Society Spanish School of Society, the Spanish are starting treatment with aesthetic medicine earlier, since a decade ago it was 35, in 2022 it will drop to 20. Aesthetic Medicine (SEME) which links this greater demand among the youngest profiles to the influence of social networks.

According to the ‘Study dimensions and socio-economic impact of aesthetic medicine in Spain’, the use of social networks, the possibility of using filters and the presence of applications that allow changing the shape of the face have contributed to the creation of new demands among young people. Those who, in aesthetic consultation, mainly claim hyaluronic acid fillers and botulinum toxin in the lips.

The report confirms that the pandemic has triggered up to 30% of cosmetic touch-ups and that the mask exposed the upper third of the face and also created the need to improve the appearance.

Remove wrinkles and rejuvenate eyes

Botulinum toxin and dark circle removal is the star treatment of the moment and surgery, blepharoplasty, is a technique to rejuvenate the eyelids.

The research confirms that aesthetic medicine is a constantly growing market. In 2021, a total of 871,525 medical-aesthetic treatments were performed in Spain, of which 72% (626,778) corresponded to facial treatments while 22% (191,515) were body treatments and 6%, i.e., 53,232, hair removal and capilla .

According to the president of SEME, Juan Antonio López, 40% of the Spanish population has used aesthetic medicine services at some point and this corresponds to a majority of women at 71.8% compared to men at 28.2%, which is 6% more than last time reported.

Archive image of a patient being examined by a specialist in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at a clinic in Seville. EFE / Raul Caro

Lopez notes that most patients have treatments at least once a year and look for a “natural and temporary beauty, where excessive changes are not felt and they are not fixed.”

And it is that, according to this expert, the Spanish population, with a high life expectancy, wants self-care, to feel good for more years. “They’re not after more years of life, but more quality of life,” he says.

Regarding the 60% of the population who do not use aesthetic medicine, the report indicates that a majority (7 out of 10) admit that with the VAT reduction, currently 21%, they would consider resorting to these treatments.

In Spain, the number of health centers authorized by the Ministry of Health to practice aesthetic medicine is 6,305, which is 20% more than in 2019.

Beware of intruders

Since there is no specialization through the MIR, to practice it you must have a degree in medicine and undergo specific postgraduate or post-graduate training, which is already taught at 19 university institutions.

The study highlights that substitution of functions is still common in the field of aesthetic medicine and 15% of patients who consulted aesthetic doctors associated with SEME admitted that they suffered the consequences of infiltration and, in fact, came from a center where they were treated by a person who By those not eligible for medical law.

Stock image of several breast implants in an aesthetic medicine clinic. EPA/Peter Nikos

Hence, the report emphasizes that patients always request a professional number or medical degree from the professional treating them to verify whether they are committing a crime.

And it emphasizes that giving it to unauthorized personnel can cause dangerous adverse reactions such as infection, skin necrosis, tissue inflammation, loss of vision or contamination with infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis C.

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