Brand Ambassador, Claire Newman shares her thoughts on Aesthetic Treatments and how they affect confidence and overall wellbeing. Claire is a registered Mental Health nurse with over 20 years experience.
How much does one’s appearance affect their self-esteem and mental health?
When people feel negative about their appearance, it impacts on their self-esteem and wellbeing. This lack of self-esteem in turn leads to a lack of confidence, it is a vicious cycle! There are many ways in which a person can improve their confidence and wellbeing. Many people attending clinic want natural enhancements or a refreshed look. An improvement in wellbeing leads to a sense of feeling happy, healthy, and comfortable with themselves. Choosing to undergo an Aesthetic treatment should be done for yourself and not due to peer pressure or media influence, as most aesthetic treatments are a personal and emotional experience which is often done in secret.
As an example of how emotional it can be is a 59-year-old women client of mine, who has never undertaken any previous cosmetic procedures, that came in for treatment. The facial shape assessment showed volume loss due to the natural ageing process as well as UV damage. Her face was more of a square shape as opposed to the more youthful ‘V’ shape, again due to volume loss. She wanted natural enhancements to help restore a more youthful appearance but didn’t want people to be able to tell that she had anything done. During the consultation we explored all treatment options suitable to meet her individual needs. The treatment plan included the use of dermal fillers in the cheeks, nasolabial folds, and marionette lines to restore volume. Intraline M3 Plus was chosen as it is indicated for medium to deep wrinkles in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Intraline M4 Plus is indicated for facial contouring and was used to enhance her cheeks. Both the M3 Plus and M4 Plus integrates well with the skin which in turn leads to natural looking results unlike some other fillers on the market.
Following treatment, she described her experience as “I was so emotional when I looked in the mirror. I cried because I could see the old me coming back, my face looked so fresh. You gave me a big boost of confidence and self-esteem, I felt so happy when I left your clinic.”
Everyone is individual, and they have their own reasons for undertaking aesthetic treatments and why they want to achieve a certain look. As a nurse it is important to listen, understand and respect a patients reasons for treatment and to achieve the best outcome possible whilst managing expectations and mental wellbeing.