We have preconceived notions of how we’ll look after a cosmetic procedure. And our emotions probably run the gamut beforehand: excited, nervous, feelings of guilt or indulgence, or unworthiness. It is these preconceived notions and images we have in our heads that can cause a similar roller-coaster of emotions afterwards.
MDPen, a supporter of microneedling physicians and maker of professional microneedling pens, offers up tips on how to deal with your mixed emotions after a cosmetic procedure.
TIPS ON DEALING WITH EMOTIONS AFTER A COSMETIC PROCEDURE
- If you feel discomfort or distress after your cosmetic procedure, distraction is the key. Have a favorite book, movie, TV series you’ve been putting off watching, and a friend nearby to share your feelings with.
- If you feel dissatisfied with your looks after your cosmetic procedure, remember that the healing process takes time. Patience is the key in this stage. Plan what you’re going to do once the healing is over: get a new haircut, go on a girls’ night out or on a date with your significant other, or the shopping trip for new clothes you’re going to get.
- If you feel like you don’t recognize yourself after your cosmetic procedure, remember the bruising and swelling and redness you may experience will go away. You may even be wistful for your old looks. This is normal. After all, you’ve looked that way for a long time and grown used to it; you’ve only looked this new way for a fraction of the time. Again, be patient with yourself.
- If you feel like you’ve made a mistake after your cosmetic procedure, remember the final effects of your procedure may not be evident for weeks or even months. What you look like today may change. Keep your goals in mind, and keep your eye on the future. It’s wasted effort to “what if” the situation. It’s done. It’s over. Now keep moving forward one foot at a time, and live your life.
- If you feel guilty (commonly known as “mommy guilt” for women who want to repair their bodies after childbirth), know it’s okay to do things for yourself. Cosmetic procedures are looked at by some as “selfish”. Yet how many of us do things for others almost every second of every day of our lives, especially if you’re a mother? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel beautiful, with wanting to look good in a bathing suit, or with wanting to look years younger. If it helps your self-esteem and makes you feel good, then go for it!
- If you are anxious — about the healing process, the results, what others will think, will you like it, etc — take a deep breath, and take one day at a time. It will all work out as it’s supposed to without you fretting and wasting energy. Instead, go about your day as you normally would. Enjoy the moments. Go for a walk. Stay busy. Soon enough, the worry will fall away like a shooting star.
The overarching theme is all of these feelings are temporary, and they are all natural. It’s perfectly normal to have mixed emotions about changing your appearance. After all, you’ve been used to one look, and when suddenly you look different, it can be shocking, which we all deal with a little differently. Furthermore, the healing process causes different emotions as we deal with pain, discomfort, and the temporary inability to do things we are used to doing. Change to routine is hard. Give yourself a break, and allow yourself to feel these feelings without feeling guilty about it. And in the end, you’ll feel like a million bucks as your self-esteem rises and you feel better about how you look.
MDPen understands the myriad of feelings cosmetic procedures produce. When surveyed, over 90 percent of cosmetic procedure patients report they are happy with their looks and are glad they did it. Once you get used to your “new normal” and back into your comfort zone, odds are you’ll forget what you used to look like.
MDPen supports people who want to improve their appearance. We support microneedling practitioners as they bring the best non invasive cosmetic procedure, microneedling, to their patients. There’s no greater joy than helping those feel better about their bodies and themselves. When a patient who was ridiculed in school for acne finally has their acne scars diminished, we feel immense joy. When a patient has lost weight but his or her stretch marks are a constant reminder of that sometimes painful time in his or her life, MDPen loves being able to help eliminate those marks. When a patient has a skin pigmentation on his or her skin and a microneedling physician is able to improve the pigmentation, we feel grateful for being able to help — one patient at a time — and leave the world a better place because of it. Contact us today!