Have you ever looked at yourself in the mirror and felt quite unhappy with your body? Do you hate how it looks, even just parts of it?
Looking in the mirror is always a chance for us to judge our bodies. Negative, body-shaming thoughts are unfortunately common and you’d be surprised to hear how many people feel unhappy with their bodies, no matter how good they look!
Negative body image is a common issue especially among women and girls and can also be a component of many serious disorders. For this reason, it is important to talk about it and learn how to accept your body to have a healthy and positive view of yourself.
Ultimately, you have two choices: you can either choose to stay unhappy and don’t seek any solution, or you can start working towards the solution.
If you’ve ever felt unhappy with your body, and want to do something about it, this post is for you.
What is a Negative Body Image?
The concept of body image is a complex one that can include a combination of several factors. For example, your perception of how your body looks to you and to others, how you feel about your body and body parts, your culturally driven beliefs about what bodies should look like etc.
The culture you grew up in and how society views things like age, size and shape, skin color etc. can also impact the way you think and feel about your body.
Negative body image can begin at a surprisingly early age. When we begin changing during puberty, being unhappy with our bodies can become a real issue.
Recent research suggests that dissatisfaction with your body can lead to a number of physically or emotionally unhealthy habits, especially among teenagers. Young adults are also at a higher risk of internalising dangerous and unrealistic body image standards established by media and social media.
Moreover, people who are extremely unhappy with their bodies have a greater risk of developing a range of serious health conditions, including:
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder, a constant perception that your body is different and uglier than what it actually looks like, no matter how many times you are presented with the facts.
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, both caused by an extreme fear of gaining weight.
- Mood disorders, lower self-esteem, and, in the worst cases, depression.
- Relationship problems.
- Self-harm tendencies.
Creating a healthier body image takes time and effort. Here are a few tips to get you started.
How to Create a More Positive Body Image
- Learn to recognise harmful media messages
Detoxing from social media for a few weeks could be beneficial to give you the space and mental clarity to reset your self-image.
- Focus on the positive
Instead of mulling over the things you don’t like about your appearance, try to write down the top things you like about yourself.
- Don’t compare yourself to others
Disappointment toward your body can stem from comparing yourself to something externally, or some standard you have set for yourself. Not paying attention to this kind of standard will result in much more positive thinking.
- Reframe negative thoughts
Write down the negative things you say or think about your body, then try to rewrite them in a more self-respecting, self-loving way.
- Accept genetics
Some things about your body just can’t be changed, as they are determined by your genes. The only thing you can change is your beliefs and attitudes, which influence the way you feel about yourself.
- Learn to appreciate your body for what it does, not just for how it looks like
Redefine beauty in a less superficial way. Try to explore activities that you enjoy and that will allow you to discover how your body works and all the amazing things it can do.
Unhappy With Your Body Image? Here’s How Dr Nina Can Help!
Dr Nina’s mission at Facial Sculpting is to give her clients the gift of looking young and feeling great in their own skin. She does so by offering non-surgical cosmetic procedures that emphasise a person’s innate beauty.
Her philosophy is ‘the more natural the better‘ and she loves to make subtle aesthetic tweaks that lead to excellent, yet natural, results.
For many clients, attending Dr Nina’s clinic is their first step to investing in themselves. Each has a story to tell and a personal reason for wanting a particular procedure.
Dr Nina feels privileged to be part of each client’s journey and enjoys following their inner and outer transformation, witnessing its positive repercussions.
For Dr Nina, the key to making her clients happy is to listen to them and build a rapport with them from the very first appointment, seeking to gauge and meet their needs and expectations. For this reason, she offers a full skin consultation before any procedures to gain a deeper understanding of her client’s skin and prescribe a course of treatment that is both safe and effective.
Aesthetic medicine is not to be confused with plastic surgery. Although it’s very common to think of cosmetic surgery as the same as plastic surgery, the two disciplines differ completely in terms of goals when it comes to patient outcomes.
While the goal of cosmetic surgery is solely to improve a person’s appearance and, thus, his/her self-esteem and self-confidence, the goal of plastic surgery is to reconstruct normal function and appearance by repairing facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease.
Dr Nina has seen for herself the positive effects of facial sculpting, not only in terms of aesthetics but also in confidence and self-esteem. This is why she is so passionate about sharing those benefits with you, and she continues to trial all her latest treatments personally so that she can reliably advise her patients.
Finally, the health risks of non-surgical aesthetic treatments are also much lower than those posed by surgery (such as infections, potential reactions to the anesthetic, scarring, etc.), and they often have minimal side effects.
If you are serious about doing something to feel better about your body, and think cosmetic surgery might help, here are a few of the most popular treatments performed by Dr Nina at her London clinics.
Dr Nina Bal is a Cosmetic Dental Surgeon and Advanced Facial Aesthetics Clinician.
Cosmetic dentistry improves the appearance of your teeth, gums and bite. She focuses on improvement in dental aesthetics in colour, position, alignment, size, and shape to give you total confidence in your smile.
Some of the most popular treatments include:
- Porcelain veneers, which within weeks will enable you to have pearly white teeth and the smile of your dreams.
- Laser teeth whitening, which can lighten your teeth by up to eight shades, pushing back the years in just a one-hour treatment.
- Smile design, a bespoke treatment plan to achieve the results of your dreams by combining different procedures.
Dr Nina facial aesthetic treatments include a range of non-surgical procedures to reduce the signs of ageing, giving you a natural and fresh look to your face and body.
She is an expert in administrating a wide range of facial aesthetic treatments, from classic face fillers to more innovative treatments such as Mesotheraphy, Profhilo, non-surgical face lifts and many more.
Here’s the complete list of treatments and prices.
Facial Sculpting with Dr Nina is a concept rather than a surgical procedure. Abiding by the Golden Ratio of Beauty, the mathematical symmetry algorithm that underlies our perception of attractiveness, she can fix an asymmetrical face within minutes.
Unhappy With Your Body? Some Final Positive Notes
There is no doubt being unhappy with our bodies is common for most of us living in this modern age. If, on one hand, unrealistic beauty standards portrayed by the media have had a negative impact on people’s perception of their own bodies, on the other hand, there is also a positive cultural shift to be noted.
Today, cosmetic surgery has become one of the most popular trends all over the world. Not only is it no longer taboo to have a cosmetic procedure done, but it is becoming increasingly common for people to openly talk about treatments or procedures they have done on themselves.
It may sound cliché, but Dr Nina has absolutely changed my life. I was unhappy with my heavy brow that not only made me look tired and older but was uncomfortable. I went to Dr Nina for a ‘Brow Lift’ and the changes are amazing but still rather subtle. I look fresher and younger yet nobody has asked if I’ve ‘had something done’. I have since had cheek fillers as well, as my face looked rather flat. I’m so so happy with the results. My confidence is sky high now. Dr Nina and Hollie are also so friendly, welcoming and helpful. I don’t think I could trust anyone else to do what they do. They really have been a God-send!R. from London