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  • Writer's pictureLaura Woodhouse

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation has announced the dates and theme of Mental Health Awareness Week. It will run from Monday 9 May until Sunday 15 May 2022.

"Together we can tackle loneliness...

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year, we're raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental health and the practical steps we can take to address it."

How can aesthetic treatments benefit your mental health?

In an aesthetic clinic, the patient-practitioner relationship is a significant one that is often underestimated.

From the initial consultation, the client entrusts the practitioner to undertake what can be a life-changing treatment for many. As an aesthetician, assessing patient mental health is paramount before agreeing to deliver an injectable procedure. For those patients who are good candidates for aesthetic treatments, how can such treatments improve their self-image and wellbeing? In this post, we’ll be discussing the mental and psychological benefits of aesthetic treatments.

Insecurities and a Desire for Change

For many patients, aesthetic treatments are viewed as a minor, profile-enhancing fix — a luxury health and wellness procedure that makes them feel empowered and confident. However, many people battle with significant physical insecurities that can become debilitating and all-consuming. For these individuals, the desire to make a material change to their appearance may be something that they have spent years considering.

Whatever your reasons for undergoing anti-wrinkle or filler treatments, it’s crucial that your aesthetic practitioner can be emotionally supportive in the consultation process to ease you and acknowledge your fears, hopes and concerns. Aesthetic treatments are a significant investment, and patients will have spent extensive amounts of time researching clinics and providers. By choosing a Tinkable clinic, you’ve trusted us with a significant aesthetic procedure that you hope will improve and enhance your quality of life.

Assessing your Mental Health

As healthcare professionals, we have a clear duty of care to all patients. One of the first steps of a patient consultation process is obtaining an in-depth aesthetic and medical history within the aesthetics practice to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for treatment.

A mental health assessment is an essential part of this discussion, and knowing the right questions to ask you establishes any red flags or signs of body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). This step is vital, now more than ever, as we emerge from a year of being stuck in lockdown — this trying time may have had an especially severe impact on your mental health.

Mental Health Benefits

Once you’ve identified as a suitable candidate for anti-wrinkle treatment or dermal fillers, you should take the time to understand and acknowledge the mental and psychological benefits that come with cosmetic beauty treatments for many patients.

Some of the benefits experienced by aesthetic patients include:

  • Improved confidence and self-esteem – When treatments have been professionally customised and undertaken according to your requirements, you’re likely to obtain results you sought during the consultation process. When this aesthetic ideal is reached, you’ll feel more comfortable and confident in your skin. The positive mental effects of this increased confidence profoundly impact self-esteem – this can often extend to personal and professional lives.

  • Better quality of life – Many people experience life-changing psychological results from their cosmetic procedures. Physical insecurities may have caused them to attempt to conceal the area of concern – this can often be done subconsciously through makeup, strategically placing hair over the face, or avoiding certain angles in photographs. With the results experienced from aesthetic medicine, you can be free of this insecurity and move on with your life without continuing to worry about it.

  • A renewed feeling of youth – Aesthetic treatments are often sought out by individuals who have noticed the effects of ageing on their skin. Specific cosmetic procedures give your skin a new lease of life and leave you looking and feeling younger. This physical change often alters your mindset when you look in the mirror — this is especially true for those who have experienced premature signs of skin ageing from smoking, sun damage or genetic conditions.

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