Though self-esteem ultimately stems from within, the way we feel about our outward appearance certainly affects our confidence. Most of us take issue with at least one aspect of our appearance -- it’s only natural. In some cases, the best course of action is to simply accept our imperfections and move forward. However, there’s also nothing wrong with wanting to adjust the way we look, especially if doing so will improve the way we feel. On that note, let’s outline six ways you can boost your self-esteem with various cosmetic dermatology treatments.
1. Prevent and Reduce Wrinkles
The formation of wrinkles and lines on one’s skin can be a major blow to one’s self-esteem, even though this eventuality is natural and inevitable. Still, if you’d prefer not to wear your age on your sleeve (or skin, rather), you can minimize the appearance of these creases and slow down the onset of new ones. Effective cosmetic dermatology options for wrinkle reduction include various laser resurfacing treatments, chemical peels, retinoids, microdermabrasion, and dermal fillers.
2. Even Out Your Skin Tone
Our skin undergoes stress from within our bodies (hormonal changes, diet/nutrition, illness, etc.) and from environmental forces (humidity, temperature, impact, UV radiation, etc.). All of these forces can cause one’s skin to boast an uneven tone and color, which can lead to self-confidence issues. The best ways to even out your skin tone include: wearing sunscreen every day, exfoliating your skin nightly, taking in proper amounts of vitamin C, and receiving cosmetic treatments like a chemical peel on a routine basis. Other cosmetic treatments like facials, laser therapy, and microdermabrasion can also help even out skin tone.
3. Clear Up Acne
When it comes to hammering one’s self-esteem, few skin conditions do a better job than acne. For some, acne mostly disappears after adolescence, but others struggle with acne into adulthood. Fortunately, there are now several ways to clear up acne and prevent new breakouts. Those with mold to moderate acne can try topical medications containing benzoyl peroxide and/or retinoids. Severe acne treatment might combine these treatments with oral antibiotics and other methods. Cosmetic dermatology treatments can also play a role in reducing acne and acne scars, namely chemical peels, laser resurfacing, dermabrasion (to unclog pores), and more.
4. Get Rid of Stubborn Fat
Trimming down isn’t typically thought of as a cosmetic dermatology concern. However, our bodies can contain stubborn areas of fat that exercise and diet alone will not oust. This stubborn fat is mostly located underneath the chin and around one’s abdomen. Liposuction has long been the most sought-after solution for removing these lingering fat cells, but recent years have brought new, non-surgical methods of fat reduction to the forefront, namely body contouring. Today, Coolsculpting® is the leading body contouring treatment, effectively targeting and freezing stubborn fat cells to eliminate them for good.
5. Diminish Varicose Veins
Wrinkles and lines aren’t the only age-related skin issues that can affect one’s self-esteem. Varicose and spider veins, which often show up on the legs as bulging, purple-blue vessels, may discourage some people from showing off their legs. Fortunately, these conspicuous veins can be diminished and/or eliminated via cosmetic surgical methods, such as ligation and stripping, laser/radiofrequency (RF) treatments, and/or sclerotherapy.
6. Restore Your Hair
Another leading cause of low self-esteem is hair loss, especially in men where it is most common (though many women suffer from hair loss as well). While hair loss treatments can vary in effectiveness from person to person, they have come a long way in recent decades. The two FDA-approved hair loss solutions are minoxidil and finasteride, which are often used in conjunction to prevent further hair loss and possibly regain lost hair.
Your outward appearance does not define your character, but it can affect your mood, behavior, and general outlook on life. In other words, when you look your best, you feel your best, which is why it’s important to seek cosmetic dermatology treatments when your skin is causing you to feel low. Let the experts at Premier Dermatology Partners help you regain your confidence by helping you find the best treatments for your cosmetic concerns.
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