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Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists - pre-assessment for cosmetic surgery and procedures

An increasing number of people are seeking cosmetic procedures to enhance their appearance; however, while the majority of patients are satisfied with the outcome of aesthetic surgery, some are dissatisfied despite achieving a positive technical outcome. Research examining the long-term outcomes of patients undergoing cosmetic surgery is currently lacking, but it is possible that a significant number of patients may experience depression, anxiety and doubts post-procedure.

The popularity of both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures is growing.
A psychological screening can help you make a clear and informed decision prior to committing to aesthetic or cosmetic procedures. Individual motivations to pursue aesthetic procedures and improve appearance include the desire to improve self-confidence, self-esteem, and social interactions.

Enhancing your image may not be the solution, and you could find yourself in a cycle of non-surgical and surgical procedures to achieve an unrealistic outcome.

Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists - pre-assessment for aesthetic and cosmetic procedures

Cosmetic and non-surgical procedures to enhance your appearance is a big decision and something that should be well thought through. Sometimes your surgeon/doctor or practitioner will want you to have a psychological test in order to sign people off as mentally fit.

Psych assessments will rule out any issues such as body dysmorphic disorder or other psychological difficulties which might be a contraindication to any procedure. A psychological assessment is best practice before proceeding with some patients to ensure the procedure will not cause or exasperate any pre-existing psychological conditions. Surgical and non-surgical procedures can make a positive difference in the lives of some patients. However, all procedures carry some risks.

Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists - pre-assessment for aesthetic and cosmetic procedures

Most men have, at one time or another, looked in the mirror and made a mental list of the imperfections they see. Ears that stick out too far from the side of our heads. Lines that weren't there before fatherhood. Love handles that weren't there before 30. The jowls, the blotches, the hairlines on a full-scale retreat.

Men account for around 12 per cent of cosmetic surgery procedures carried out in the UK today (according to stats from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), but it's still a significant number who are at least open to the idea of having a little 'work' done. According to BAAPS, though, we're moving away from radical procedures and towards more minor 'tweakments' - attempting to enhance what we already have, rather than trying to build again from scratch, so to speak. Any cosmetic procedure - from the smallest tweak to the most invasive procedure - involves risk. If you're thinking about having cosmetic surgery, do your research first and, if possible, consult a psychological therapist to discuss the emotional impact these procedures have on your wellbeing and self-esteem.

Men can be just as concerned about their looks as women, and for far too long the expectation has been for men to accept what they have and suffer in silence, though now more than ever before, there is an increasing pressure on men to look good.

Andy Garland Therapies - Counselling Cardiff - Mental Health Services Cardiff - Cardiff Therapists - pre-assessment for aesthetic and cosmetic procedures

There are positive emotional effects to cosmetic procedures, but most people tend to forget about the possible psychological ramifications of undergoing these procedures to improve one's looks. The phenomenon of post-procedure depression is real, but its effects can be minimized if patients are prepared for the possibility.

If you're having treatment to help overcome a mental health condition, talk to the person treating you about having a cosmetic procedure. Make sure you also tell your cosmetic practitioner about any mental health problems you have had in the past or are still being treated for.

Having a cosmetic procedure is a big decision, so it's important not to rush into anything. All procedures have some risks. If you're disappointed with the outcome, this can also have an impact on your emotional wellbeing. Some people look at a cosmetic procedure to solve life problems, or during difficult times in their lives. Do not assume that a cosmetic procedure will make everything better. How you feel about how you look is only one aspect of your wellbeing.

A pre-assessment doesn't necessarily deter you from under-going your chosen procedure. It can give you a better understanding of your options, and whether cosmetic work will give you your desired outcome.

Choosing a reliable, highly skilled and qualified cosmetic practitioner can be a challenge. Online reviews can be helpful and will give you a good starting point. I find having a personal recommendation can make all the difference - the initial trust and confidence in a professional cosmetic practitioner can put you steps ahead. We've listed below a select group of professional cosmetic clinics and practitioners for your information, and all of them are based in Cardiff.

To book an assessment with Andy's clinic you can call 02921 203 103 or Email:

Spire Hospital

At Spire Cardiff Hospital, they offer an extensive range of cosmetic procedures for both men and women to reduce the effects of ageing or to help change the appearance of a body part you're self-conscious about.

Mr. Richard Karoo

As a fully qualified Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon working in both the NHS and private practice, I can provide you with practical, realistic advice on the kind of treatments that are available to you.

HQ Hair Transplants

At HQ we offer Hair Transplants for men at competitive prices. We are Doctor lead and only work with high quality hair transplant practitioners, utilising the latest technologies and equipment for hair restoration.

Mr. Leong Hiews

I have been a Consultant Plastic Surgeon since 2006. I perform a variety of plastic surgery/cosmetic surgical procedures and specialise in cosmetic breast surgery including the correction of the female and male chest anomalies.

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