Why do people choose cosmetic treatments?

Cosmetic treatments have become increasingly popular and accepted in recent years. Here, people often think of injectables such as botulinum toxin and fillers, as well as treatments such as peels and various laser treatments to make the skin glow and look less tired. However, there are other cosmetic treatments such as removal of disturbing birthmarks, acne scars, rosacea teleangiectasia, thickened scars, alopecia, excessive hair, cellulite, stubborn belly fat resistant to diets, wine stains, excessive perspiration, facial HIV lipodystrophy and tattoo removal.


In this study, 30 people who have already undergone a procedure or are considering having it performed were interviewed. There were 7 men and 23 women with a mean age of 41.9 years.

Here are the eight different themes covered:

  1. Emotional and mental health, including self-confidence, self-awareness and stigma.
  2. Cosmetic appearance, such as looking normal, better, younger and better in photographs.
  3. Physical health, including fear of decay and infections.
  4. Success at work and/or school.
  5. Social well-being, such as social anxiety, relationships and soon-to-be social events.
  6. Cost and/or convenience of treatments.
  7. Procedural perceptions, such as clinic reviews and physician reputation.
  8. Timing of treatment, including lifestyle changes and finances.

What are the reasons:

Several motivations come into play when considering cosmetic surgery. For example, one may strive to improve emotional states and feelings of happiness, or to increase mental well-being and self-esteem. A general improvement in appearance, reduction of physical complaints, increased self-confidence in a professional environment and reduced social anxiety can also be reasons to have surgery. In addition, one may want to spend less time, energy and money hiding physical imperfections.

In addition to these personal motivations, the reputation of the health care provider and the effectiveness and longevity of the practice also matter to patients. It is therefore important to consider these factors in the decision-making process surrounding cosmetic surgery.

It is mainly the physical and psychosocial issues that lead to cosmetic treatment. Different perceptions of a condition cause a shift from a patient-centered approach. It is important to focus on the different experience of the problem.

Cosmetic Treatment

Popular treatments among young people include acne treatments, skin peels, and sometimes mild cosmetic procedures such as laser therapy for scars. The most important thing is that every decision is carefully considered and discussed with an expert.

Social media can put significant pressure on young people to look a certain way, which can lead to increased interest in cosmetic treatments. It’s important to have realistic expectations and not base your self-worth solely on your appearance.

Consider your motivations carefully, research the procedure, discuss the risks and possible outcomes with a qualified professional, and make sure your decision is not impulsive but well thought out.

Many clients strive for a “natural look” that offers enhancements without appearing overtly processed. They look for treatments that deliver subtle, yet effective results, where it is important that the practitioner understands what the client wants to achieve.

Yes, the opinions of friends and family can certainly play a role. Some people choose cosmetic treatments because of the positive feedback or encouragement they receive from loved ones, while others may be influenced by criticism or suggestions.

The consultation meeting is crucial. It allows you to discuss your expectations, ask questions and learn more about what to expect. It also helps the specialist to understand your wishes and recommend tailor-made treatment.

Definitely, cosmetic treatments can have a positive impact on your social life by boosting your self-confidence. When people feel better about themselves, they can be more social and open in their interactions with others.


Waldman A, Maisel A, Weil A, Iyengar S, Sacotte K, Lazaroff JM, Kurumety S, Shaunfield SL, Reynolds KA, Poon E, Robinson JK, Alam M. Patients believe that cosmetic procedures affect their quality of life: An interview study of patient-reported motivations. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2019 Jun;80(6):1671-1681.

While you are here

The definition of beauty is subjective and differs for everyone. After all, as the well-known saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty is determined by culture and by the person who perceives it. In addition, the beauty industry, social media influencers and advertisements have a strong influence on how we see beauty. French researchers were curious about how women think about beauty and what methods they use to combat skin aging. Methods such as injectables (botulinum toxin, fillers), lasers and skin care were also included in the study. A total of 1,000 women between the ages of 25-70 participated in the survey.For more: beauty is different for everyone

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Dr. Francis Wu, een vooraanstaande dermatoloog, is de drijvende kracht achter Iconic Elements. Hij heeft sinds 2004 zijn expertise ingezet om een veilige en effectieve huidverzorgingslijn te creëren, geschikt voor zowel gezonde huid als huidproblemen. Iconic Elements, opgericht in 2016, is de eerste brede skincare lijn in Nederland ontwikkeld door een dermatoloog. Als medisch specialist streeft Dr. Wu naar het bevorderen van het welzijn van mensen door hoogwaardige en effectieve huidverzorgingsproducten te bieden. De proefdiervrije en vegan producten vermijden schadelijke chemicaliën en bevatten natuurlijke ingrediënten.
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