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Cosmetic treatments have become hugely popular. Be it surgical treatments such as breast enlargement and liposuction, or the less invasive procedures like botox and fillers, people are increasingly seeking cosmetic treatments. Many people believe that this growth in the demand is led by vain or self-obsessed people. Some would even go on to suggest that while getting cosmetic treatments starts as a one off experiment, it soon leads to an addiction. The purpose of this article is to analyse whether cosmetic treatments can indeed become an addiction, and if so, how to identify that and stop that.

Cosmetic Treatments Can Be Transformational
We think  cosmetic treatments are often misunderstood. Fundamental drivers are overlooked and personal biases are overemphasised. There has always been a cloud of criticism that falls on those who choose to undergo these treatments. However, the reality is that if done right, cosmetic treatments can have a profound impact on health and wellbeing. They can drive self-confidence, and when one feels happier and more confident, it benefits everyone in their lives, be it family or friends. 

But The Expectations Must Be Realistic
However, like many other things in life which can have a huge impact, cosmetic treatments should be undertaken responsibly. Undergoing cosmetic treatments to achieve perfection or to emulate a celebrity look is asking for trouble. It is important to remember that we would struggle to achieve the best results from cosmetic treatments if we don’t have the right mindset. Without that we may constantly seek to change our appearance through cosmetic treatments but would still feel unhappy. And that can often lead to addiction.

Signs To Look Out For
Cosmetic treatment addicts often suffer from a disorder known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). According to BDD Foundation (https://bddfoundation.org), it is a disabling preoccupation with perceived defects or flaws in appearance. It can affect both men and women, and makes sufferers excessively self-conscious. They tend to check their appearance repeatedly and try to camouflage or alter the ‘defects’ they see, often undergoing needless cosmetic treatments. Onlookers are frequently perplexed because they can see nothing out of the ordinary! BDD can cause devastating distress and may interfere with the ability to function socially. 

NHS lists the following symptoms of BDD:
·     worrying a lot about a specific area of your body (particularly your face)
·     spending a lot of time comparing your looks with other people’s
·     looking at yourself in mirrors a lot or avoid mirrors altogether
·     going to a lot of effort to conceal flaws – for example, by spending a long time combing your hair, applying make-up or choosing clothes
·     picking at your skin to make it “smooth”.

We are sure everyone has seen examples of people who look flawless after cosmetic treatments. And we’ve all seen what happens when someone takes it too far. Perhaps the most prominent case of cosmetic treatment (particularly plastic surgery) addiction is Michael Jackson, who probably had BDD (as well as many other emotional problems). He is infamously known for his extra-ordinary amount of cosmetic surgery (and indeed denial of having any!). However, it doesn’t need to be like this. So here’s how to avoid it.

Consider Your Needs
We all have trouble spots but if they are excessively troubling, you can definitely get them corrected. But the key here is to do an honest assessment of your needs and choose the right treatment. Many experts feel that the best cosmetic treatments, surgical or non-surgical, are the ones which are natural looking. When the appearance of a person begins to look fake or unnatural, that’s an indication that they are overdoing it. If you’re dissatisfied with your breasts, a boob job might be the way to go. However, choosing a size that works for your body is more important than just getting the biggest cup size available. It is also important to note that the risk of going overboard is also there for both non-surgical as well as surgical treatments. So it is important to choose your treatment wisely and stop while you’re ahead. 

Choose the right medical partner
Getting a thorough consultation from a GMC registered medical practitioner, who has expertise in cosmetic treatments, is the best way to avoid overdoing it. These doctors are trained to understand the motivations of the patients and to help them make sound decisions. If the medical practitioner agrees to all the nips, tucks, and snips you desire when they aren’t needed, it’s a huge red flag. The right medical practitioner is one who is honest about what you really need and ensures that you’re physically and mentally fit for the procedures you want. If a medical practitioner identifies cosmetic treatment addiction in a patient, they will usually advise psychological counselling before the treatment. 

Remember anything in excess is poison. So it is important to be responsible while thinking about cosmetic treatments. Assess your expectations first and then find the right medical practitioner you can trust. If you are realistic about what you want to change and choose the best practitioner to guide you through your journey, you will get the most out of your treatment. We at NowMe are always here to help you. If you need to find more information about cosmetic treatments and what they can do for you, and/ or to find the best medical practitioners in UK, visit nowme.co.uk today. Or sign up at nowme.co.uk/get-free-consultation to get a free consultation!