John W. Muenkel Sturlade
Clinic owner, Center for Aesthetic Medicine, Bergen
Live Nelvik describes a romantic picture that is difficult to compare with reality.
This is the topic of discussion. Opinions expressed in the text are the responsibility of the author.
in Event log on nrk.no Presenter Live Nelvik writes about cosmetic treatments, which she finds sad, misleading, and possibly downright harmful.
The background to Nelvik and many critics is the “Norwegian spirit” with a backpack and hiking boots, where nature heals, and one exudes health with a sprinkling or blow of nature’s teeth on the soul and body.
Perhaps no one with a trace of the original Norwegian genes thinks this is a mistake. But it still describes a romantic image that is difficult to compare to the state of reality in most people.
Wrinkles and hip problems
The new clinic, which was spearheaded by celebrities Vanessa Rogurd, Pia Tjelta and Sinoff Scarpo before their retirement, has been reviewed in the media recently. They received accusations that transcend not only medical ones, but also the cultural battlefields against which Norway is now judged.
Where did this “Norwegian folk spirit” come from as grandmothers and aunts smiled through wrinkles and hip pain?
Let us deal with the facts, science, and personal desires of a free man to be able to show ourselves in the best version we think fits ourselves.
I have a medical background and experience in the cosmetic industry for decades. I will have to arrest both Nelvik and the others who think this is the beginning of the end.
Claims about “vanity and a desire to defy the effects of time” are a very simplistic way of looking at it, and perhaps exploit a particularly outdated way of thinking.
These claims make false assumptions about people’s motives for correcting their appearance.
So what really motivates people to have minor or major surgery?
Rebuilding after accidents and physical stresses such as heavy load, shock, extreme stress, etc. can make clearer the necessity of adjustments and corrections.
Cosmetic injections can smooth out wrinkles if that’s bothersome, and they can be done more easily in terms of price and invasiveness for most people today.
The list is long of different cosmetic interventions. It is important that when you say “be normal” and “I want to be proof that I lived a life,” then think of people hiding deep within themselves and experiencing shame over something that can easily be corrected.
What does the research say?
Already in 2004 came out comprehensive post About it in PubMed, followed by several studies later.
In groups over 48 and under 48, studies have shown that most people who received treatment were satisfied. The few who were moderately dissatisfied were in the under-40-year-old group. This group has moderate to almost no problems. They may need more psychological support than physical intervention. It is mainly about the relationship with the self and not necessarily the relationship of the individual with others.
As a market representative, my focus is never on sales volume and profits
As a market representative, my focus is never on sales volume and profits. A true interest in making a difference is always in the driver’s seat along with expert knowledge.
It is important to say no when you believe that the intervention will not live up to expectations. Or that patients have completely unrealistic expectations.
Trust the practitioners
The vast majority of people who choose to have cosmetic treatments are mentally stable. Few are not. For this group, the interventions can be counterproductive and cause problems for both health care staff and patients. These may include requests for repetitive procedures, depression and adjustment problems, social isolation, familial impairment, self-destructive behavior, and anger toward the practitioner and his or her staff.
A great deal of responsibility lies with practitioners for treatments and interventions in clinics.
So, is declining self-esteem physical and part of the overall health picture? Yes, and it should be taken seriously as this may develop. Examples include isolation, shame, relationship problems, sexual problems, etc.
Is it physical and belongs to diseases (pathology)? Yes in some cases. Is it psychology? Yes it is. It is important to have a thorough consultation with an experienced medical professional prior to having the procedure.
Put your trust in professional therapists, and it will work just fine.
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