As a society, it seems we are ever on the quest for the fountain of youth. Everywhere you look, beauty and youth are celebrated, even revered. It’s no wonder billions of dollars are spent each year on treatments to help us look better and younger. But do these treatments really work?
Well, I have dedicated a large part of my entire career to answering this very question, which was also a hot topic at this year’s American Society of Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS) annual meeting. At Key Laser, we take pride in offering our patients treatment solutions with proven results, so it came as no surprise to us that part of the meeting buzz was centered on a presentation spearheaded at my office: “Looking Younger Ten Years Later: The Long-Term Benefit of Aesthetic Medicine.” [Note: These finding were also published in the Journal for Cosmetic Dermatology in September!]
More than six billion dollars was spent in 2016 in the US alone on non-surgical procedures to look better. We asked the essential question, “Is it Worth It?” and then we did something no one had ever done before—we looked at results, not over 1 to 2 years, but over 10 years! Thanks to our CANFIELD Mirror photography system, we were able to produce standardized images of patients who have undergone treatments at Key Laser. We asked independent reviewers to best guess the age of patients taken in images 10+ years ago (i.e. 2005 or 2006) and then guess the age of the same patients in another image 10+ years later.
The results of our review clearly demonstrated the positive effects of treatment on aging and appearance over time. Not surprisingly, patients who were already judged to be more youthful in appearance than their actual age, still defied their age up to twelve years later. The real indicator though, was that the number of years younger they appeared than their age was even greater. What’s more, patients who looked older than their years prior to treatments, had an even more dramatic change in their appearance and perceived youth. In the end we found that across the board, 93% of the 73 Key Laser patients included in the study were judged to look even younger than their age ten or more years later!
So, the answer to the question, “Is it worth it?” is a resounding “yes!” The long-term benefits of aesthetic medicine at Key Laser are real. Our patients really do look younger, 10 years later. You can too. Contact our clinic today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation and let me show you how.