THE MENTAL HEALTH BENEFITS OF COSMETIC TREATMENTS
Posted by Hlavaty Dental Arts Oct 26, 2023
Did you know that the benefits of cosmetic treatments like Porcelain Veneers, Whitening, Implants, Botox, and Facial Rejuvenation are not just aesthetic?
Numerous studies have shown a very strong link between undergoing cosmetic treatments and improved psychological well being. While some of these studies focus on the benefits of cosmetic and implant surgery, the positive effects extend to non-surgical aesthetic and dental treatments, which are minimally (or non) invasive, and carry minimal risks and much shorter recovery times in comparison to surgical procedures.
Among the scientifically proven health benefits of cosmetic dental and facial aesthetic treatments is a substantial improvement in mental health and wellbeing.
Getting a new beautiful smile, replacing a visible missing tooth, having Botox or dermal fillers to smooth lines and wrinkles, as well as other cosmetic treatments are simple and effective ways to improve your self-esteem and boost your confidence. It's no secret that first impressions matter, both socially and at work, and your face is always in front of people. Many of us are self-conscious about our face or our smiles, our skin with sun damage or the effects of genetics and aging, or other issues…especially in this Post-Covid, Zoom meeting world we now live in.
Despite society's high expectations for physical appearance, now days it is easier than ever to make small but powerful changes to help combat these insecurities and feel better physically and emotionally.
Proven Mental Health Benefits of Cosmetic Treatments
- Enhance Self-Confidence – You know how you feel on the inside. But when you look at yourself and are unhappy with what you see – and it doesn’t match how you actually feel – it can be detrimental to your self-confidence. After all, your body may be 55 but your mind still feels 25 – and that reflection can be a hard pill to swallow! Your self confidence gets a great boost from loving what you see when you look in the mirror. These treatments can help individuals feel more confident in various areas of life, including personal relationships, work environments, and social situations. When people are happier with their smiles, they tend to smile more often and engage in conversations without feeling self-conscious. This increased self-confidence can positively affect their overall quality of life.
- Increase Self-Esteem – Dental imperfections such as stained, chipped, or misaligned teeth or the aging look of ones skin & face can significantly impact a person's self-esteem. Cosmetic dentistry or facial aesthetics can address these issues, resulting in an improved smile and a more youthful appearance. Feeling better about one's outward appearance can boost self-esteem and make social interactions more enjoyable.
- Reduce Symptoms of Depression – Did you know that smiling boosts your mood? And frowning has been shown to have the opposite effect? The reason for this is because facial expressions and emotional experiences are related. Your outside demeanor isn't just a reflection of your inner world, it also influences it. Studies have shown that when people have improved their smiles, they smile a lot more. And when those frown lines go away, many of the symptoms of depression, anxiety, panic disorder, and other mood disorders may go away with them.
- Boost Happiness – When you feel more attractive, you automatically feel happier – this has been scientifically proven. When your skin looks smoother, your smile more radiant & whiter, your jawline more defined, and your wrinkles less obvious, you know how great you look – and you feel fantastic too.
It is important to note that while cosmetic dental and aesthetic treatments can have positive effects on mental health, they should not be seen as a substitute for addressing underlying mental health concerns. If you are experiencing significant mental health challenges, it is essential to seek appropriate support from mental health professionals.