According to the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE), the beauty industry ranks among the top 3 industries with the most complaints, right alongside motorcars and renovation (obviously).
Have you ever been to a heartland spa for a slimming consultation, only to be met with an annoyingly pushy salesperson (pushy enough to rival even the pushiest MLM sales agent) that insists you use a somewhat dubious-seeming service?
These dodgy sales tactics aren’t just minor irritations. At times, they could lead you into potentially dangerous situations.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu of Veritas Medical Aesthetics frequently trains folks at medical seminars and is a Key Opinion Leader in Southeast Asia for multiple aesthetic technologies.
As an advocate of holistic health and functional aesthetics, Dr Chua is concerned about the prevalence of dangerous practices within the spa industry in Singapore.
Here are a few key points that he addressed as to why it might not be a good idea to trust spas for slimming solutions.
You know what they say right? Pay peanuts and get…
Spas may not only try to swindle you into buying their “exclusive” or “highly-effective” slimming treatments at exorbitant prices, but also attempt to lure you in with an attractive package rate that’s almost too good to be true.
Be warned, however, that the China-produced machinery used by these spas may cost you much more than the contents of your wallet.
More often than not, dishonest spas have no regard for the effects/safety standards of their less than trust-worthy machinery - these machines have been known to cause burn injuries and permanent scars in patients that Dr Chua has seen.
They take no prisoners (and you shouldn’t too)
Throughout Singapore, aggressive and misleading spa sales tactics are the norm.
These often come in the form of an insidious email offering a super cheap voucher for a one-time body analysis, consultation and fat reduction session, guaranteeing visible results without prohibitive costs and the hassle of liposuction.
Once the bait has been set, a meeting with the consultant ensues and victims may be gradually coaxed into opting for the full (and much more expensive) treatment, together with a storm of fear-mongering levelled at your deepest insecurities.
After making you sign up for their treatments, you'll slowly (but surely) realise that all this was a long-winding (impressively epic) farce that was never designed to be as effective as they’d promised in the first place.
Beware the cookie-cutter treatment
The fact of the matter is that genuine slimming treatments deliver on quality and customizability.
Copycat machines used by dodgy spas usually only come with one or two applicator fits, and this basically means that the accuracy of these machines leaves much to be desired.
According to Dr Chua, there is a large difference between Caucasian or Asian body types and sizes, so a couple of applicators aren’t going to be effective on a wide spectrum of customers.
Want to be on the safe side? Dr Chua recommends opting for safer mainstream methods like CoolSculpt, which is a trusted and non-invasive fat reduction option with capabilities that cater to virtually all sizes.
Personalization should be a top priority if you’re looking for a long-term slimming solution.
There’s more at stake here than just money
When it comes to choosing a good slimming service, unleashing that inner 007 could save you from a whole load of misery. Scrutiny is your best friend. You’ll want to really investigate all options before making a decision.
Treatments that use fat freeze technology involve targeting specific fat bulges without affecting other non-treated areas (by freezing fat cells to kill them).
Dr Chua warns that imitation machines used in spas and some clinics have no safety mechanisms and can come with potential hazards.
Here’s a tip; you’re going to want a machine that can use skin temperature for feedback monitoring. This is an added measure for safety and is considered a better alternative to those without such components.
Body contouring is a meticulous process, remember that
Essentially, slimming solutions revolve around altering the shape of the human body. If that sounds serious, that's because it is.
It's obviously much more complicated than going for that weekly haircut at your favourite Indian barber so you'll want to remember that when you're choosing a clinic.
Body contouring demands a high level of medical expertise and a sharp eye. If you don’t put yourself in good hands, your decision could result in deformity (yikes).
In light of all this, it’s important to find a provider that’s as professional as humanly possible to work on your body contouring requirements (you might just thank yourself for it).
There are a lot of shady offers out there so keep your guard up and your defences strong. It’s a game of wills out there and when faced with whatever aggressive sales tactics they intend to throw at you, mental clarity and sharp thinking are critical.
Don’t end up just another victim of the many spa slimming frauds and always opt for the best, most authentic options you can find.
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- Lum, S. Woman, 85, sues slimming centre over $400k treatment The Straits Times. 7 September 2016