What is Aesthetic Medicine
Aesthetic Medicine is a medico-nursing discipline, undertaken by registered nursing and medical practitioners. It comprises of a range of minor non-surgical procedures, these are performed under local or topical anaesthesia. The aims of these treatments is to revise, enhance, treat or change the appearance, colour, texture, structure or position of the cutaneous, subcutaneous tissues or associated structures using techniques which combine both the medical and aesthetic considerations for the patient. The outcome of an aesthetic medical procedure is sometimes called cosmesis. Studies have shown that both psychological distress and quality of life are related to patients’ ratings of cosmesis. Researchers have concluded that cosmesis is a multifaceted construct that incorporates both physical and psychological factors. The modus operandi at my practice is to enhance well-being of patients, thereby increasing their self-esteem and confidence through cosmesis. Cosmetic procedures are popular and sought after and the limited data available suggests the majority of patients can expect good psychosocial adjustment in the short to medium term.
Each of us has a “self-image,” a perception of how we believe we look to others. People who are happy with their self-image are more likely to be self-confident, effective in work and social situations, and comfortable in their relationships. Those who are dissatisfied tend to be self-conscious, inhibited, and less effective in activities. Aesthetic medicine for clinical or psychological reasons encourages and promotes a strong, positive self-image. Even a small change on the outside can create an extraordinary change on the inside, allowing an individual’s self-confidence to flourish.
NICE (2006) research has indicated the severity of disfigurement (real or perceived) does not correlate to the amount of psychological distress it causes. Many dermatology NHS practices offer counselling, complementary therapies and makeup in order that a patient may be able to carry out living with an acceptable level of quality. Cosmesis is a recognised and considered aspect of care for all patients. Their perception of how they look is a widely recognised part of the treatment plan. If a patient has an altered body image, this will have psychological effects and can impact on their family dynamics, social and work life even to the point of affecting their sexuality. These are important considerations for us here at The Good Skin Company and we have an inclusive approach to all aspects of health care, both physical and psychological.