On a daily basis, we are faced with air-brushed images of male and female perfection. You cannot flick through a magazine, or travel past a commercial billboard without the image of a flawless, ageless individual staring back out at you. As a result of this, we are obviously all becoming more critical when we look into the mirror – we see every fine line, every tiny blemish, and every scar. But the truth is, those are the features that make us human, the features that define us as individuals:
“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection.
To me, that is the true essence of beauty” – Steve Maraboli
At my clinic, we strive to achieve a natural result with the non-surgical cosmetic procedures that we carry out – we do not hold to the unnatural and false ideals of beauty that many people associate with cosmetic intervention (such as the ‘frozen’ features, vastly overfilled lips, etc.). Our aim is to help people to feel more comfortable in their own skin and to promote body confidence – sometimes, all it takes is a little cosmetic treatment to return an individual’s ‘inner glow’.
I believe that it's important that treatments are never forced on anyone, and we will never carry out a treatment that we feel is unnecessary or inappropriate for a patient – we have a strict policy not to carry out a treatment on the same day as a consultation, giving the patient plenty of time to ‘cool off’, digest the comprehensive information that has been given to them, and make an informed decision about whether the treatment plan suggested for them is something that they would like to proceed with, or not.
To all those who believe that any kind of cosmetic intervention is unnecessary – I ask you to consider the thoughts and feelings of those who do undergo non-surgical cosmetic procedures before you pass judgement. We all have the right to do what we want (within reason!) to make ourselves happy. If you are lucky enough to feel comfortable in your own skin already, without feeling the need to undergo any kind of cosmetic treatment, then I am extremely pleased for you. Unfortunately, not everyone feels so confident – some people want a little help to feel comfortable in their own skin, and I am happy to help as long as I feel that what they are asking for is realistic and appropriate for them.
In extremely rare cases, I have come across people whose desire to be ‘comfortable’ in their own skin has become an irrational compulsion – a never-ending and insatiable quest for perfection. It is these people that I would like to reach out to in this Blog: you are not alone, and there is help out there if you need it. Before undergoing any kind of cosmetic treatments, I would urge you to consult your G.P. or an impartial organisation like MIND to find out what help you may be able to receive to help you to deal with your Body Confidence issues. Body Dysmorphic Disorder and associated body image anxieties are more widespread than you might think, and there is a great deal of literature available on the web if you do want to learn more – take a look at the MIND website, for example, for some clear information and useful guidance: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd/
Whether you are ready to face the world with your bare-faced beauty, or need a little ‘confidence boost’ from cosmetic products or cosmetic procedures before you step outside, I wish you all a very happy and beautiful Summer!