According to new research from Thérapie Clinic, the majority of Irish (58 per cent ) are uncomfortable with starting to look older and almost half (47 per cent ) would consider anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers to counteract this.
The research has revealed that Irish attitudes to cosmetic beauty are rapidly changing and the majority of us (60 per cent ) now admire the improvements injectables and fillers can make to a person’s appearance.
More than a fifth of Irish (23 per cent ) believe their attitudes to injectables and fillers have been influenced by celebrities they admire having the treatments. However more than a third (39 per cent ) were not sure that the average person could achieve these same great results.
Perhaps for this reason, more than one in three Irish people (35 per cent ) would be motivated to try injectables and fillers, knowing that their family or friends had tried them, rather than a celebrity.
While the positive experiences of family and friends seem to have a big impact, the vast majority of Irish (80 per cent ) say they would not be put off their decision by negative reactions from family and friends, if it was what they really wanted.
In fact, the vast majority (70 per cent ) would not seek their partner’s approval at all when considering anti-wrinkle treatments.
However the perceived cost proved to be of considerable concern. While half (51 per cent ) feel if they really wanted it, the price would not stop them, the other half (49 per cent ) said they would not feel comfortable spending so much money on a treatment for themselves.
For almost all Irish (96 per cent ) who would consider injectables and filler treatments, the reputation of the clinic they choose would be extremely important (84 per cent ) or relatively important (12 per cent ). The majority (67 per cent ) would also prefer that their treatment was carried out by a doctor, although almost a quarter (24 per cent ) were not sure. Nearly one in 10 (nine per cent ) would have their treatment carried out by a nurse, so long as it was cheaper.
Opinions on anti-wrinkle treatments also vary from county to county. Ulster people are the least confident in their appearance (53 per cent ) but the most open about ever having a treatment, followed closely by Leinster.
Munster are the least open and the vast majority (75 per cent ) who have had fillers will not even tell their loved ones. Munster (53 per cent ) were also the least comfortable spending much money on treatments.
Connaught were the least concerned (53 per cent ) about getting a negative reaction for their injectable and filler treatments, believing it is more important to feel good about their own body.
Commenting on the research results, Thérapie Clinic surgeon Dr Andre Nel said: “This research shows that, across the country, Irish people are becoming increasingly inclined towards the use of anti-wrinkle injections and fillers and less stigmatised about having the treatments themselves. Anti-wrinkle injections and fillers are not for everyone, but for some people these treatments can make a positive difference to their self-image and confidence. Thérapie Clinic treatments are only carried out by world-leading doctors and we ensure the most natural results possible."
Thérapie Clinic’s Deirdre O’Dowd said: “We believe our treatments should be accessible to all Irish people who feel they would make a positive different to their lives. So we are now offering anti-wrinkle treatments for only €120 per area in both our Galway and Athlone clinics.”
For more information contact Therapie at 091 539900/1890 650750.