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Can your Aesthetic treatment affect your mental health?

By Dr Nadia Jabaar - 4 May 2023

Striking the balance between managing expectations and self-acceptance:

In our quick fix, picture perfect social media culture it may be challenging to find the balance between managing patient expectation and cultivating self-acceptance. This is always something to strive for as it leaves everyone happy! Patients and practitioners’ alike. When treatments have been professionally customised and if an individualised plan has been undertaken to meet the patient's requirements, they are likely to be extremely satisfied with the results. Some of the benefits of undertaking this type of plan include: Improved confidence and self-esteem.

It has been shown that aesthetic treatments can have a positive effect on mental health. For people struggling with body image or a negative self-image, these interventions provide an opportunity to exert control over their physical appearance, enabling them to feel more comfortable in their own skin. A study in the Journal of Psychiatric Research indicated that patients who underwent cosmetic treatments experienced significant reductions in anxiety, and depression, and marked improvements in their overall quality of life.

We've spoken about the potential positive effects, but the flip side of the coin is when there is a distorted body image and results will never meet expectations- this is called BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder). This is why an in-depth consultation process is crucial, to pick up on cues that may allude to this and refer the patient for the help they require.

Besides BDD, aesthetic treatments may also exacerbate anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. This is especially true when individuals hold unrealistic expectations regarding the outcomes of these treatments. Some hold on to a belief that a specific treatment can fix all their insecurities (some not even related to the treatment). In fact, a study in the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing revealed that unrealistic expectations were the primary driver of patient dissatisfaction following aesthetic treatments.

In conclusion, cosmetic procedures (surgical and non-surgical) can have a positive impact for those who have reasonable expectation about what can be achieved by a particular procedure. Patient satisfaction with regards to outcomes can be managed by an in-depth consultation and discussion and developing a relationship with your practitioner.

Let’s Talk Seasonal Affective Disorder:

By Dr Nadia Jabaar - 26 July 2023

Ever wondered why you feel so down during winter?

Seasonal affective disorder is also known as winter blues but is not limited to only winter.
It is usually characterized by a low mood that starts at the beginning of a season and ends towards the end of that particular season.
In winter months it is usually associated with a decrease in the amount of sunlight and daylight hours.

Signs and symptoms of SAD may include:

•Feeling listless, sad or down most of the day, nearly every day.
•Losing interest in activities you once enjoyed.
•Having low energy and feeling sluggish.
•Having problems with sleeping too much.
•Experiencing carbohydrate cravings, overeating and weight gain.
•Difficulty concentrating.
•Feeling hopeless, worthless or guilty.

What to do if you think you may have SAD

•Sunlight therapy
Exposing yourself to our beautiful sunlight will stimulate your skin to produce the much needed happy hormone- Vitamin D.Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before exposing your skin to direct sunlight!

•Supplementation
Vitamin D- historically does not give the same result as getting some sun rays but can assist in improving your vitamin D levels.5HTP- the precursor to feel good hormone serotonin can help improve your mood.

•Talk therapy
This does not necessarily have to be with a therapist.Just having someone to talk to and connect with, can increase our feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin.

•Exercise
Movement, especially the kind that gets the heart rate up, stimulates the release of endorphins to improve mood.

•Sauna
Heat therapy has been proven beneficial in reducing cortisol levels which aids in balancing mood and stress.

•Cold water therapy
Exposure to cold water for even 20 seconds releases endorphins in your brain. Endorphins can ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. Cold water may also decrease cortisol, a stress-inducing hormone.

If your symptoms last for longer than just a season and you have suicidal ideation please seek professional help or call Hope line on 18007842433

Women supporting women- Don’t just claim it, Walk the Talk.

By Dr Nadia Jabaar - 24 August 2023

This women’s month has got me reflecting on something dear to my heart. SISTERHOOD!

What is this concept of sisterhood? For me it’s having women in your life that are not necessarily related to you but having a connection and a bond that transcends and heal!

For too long women have been encouraged by the systems in place to compete with each other. We have been made to believe that we need to fight each other (and men) for success. This can’t be further from the truth. Women have an innate wisdom and power and in uniting we not only uplift each other but also our families, our communities and humanity at large.

Here’s what having a sisterhood can bring to your life:
    1. Emotional support- Life can be challenging and unpredictable at times and we all have to face some tough issues. Having a reliable group of sisters to offer emotional support without judgement can help you bounce back from the tough times.
    2. Empowerment and encouragement- Sisterhood groups, mentorship programs and networking events encourage the upliftment of women personally and professionally.
    3. Networking- The kind of connections created through these groups allow for network expansions and referrals which may lead to business growth.
    4. A sense of belonging- Building connections with other like-minded individuals and together celebrating success and good fortune releases feel-good hormones which leaves us with a sense of joy and contentment. We are all hard wired for belonging!

It’s clear to see that having other women in your life can enhance and improve the quality of your life amongst other things.
Let’s make reaching out and sharing normal, we don’t have to do this alone.

“The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak and sing with us when we’re strong.” -Sark

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