In her book Bodylove: Learning to Like Our Looks and Ourselves, author Rita Freedman states “…those with a poor body image have more trouble developing intimate contacts. They may sabotage relationships before they start or before they become really important”.
Indeed, as we hear from many of our patients, body image is at the heart of a number of interpersonal dealings. Some of our patients even report feeling uncomfortable with their spouse before receiving treatment in our tummy tuck NY centers.
Where Body Image Comes From
It has been found that there are a number of various factors that impact how we feel about ourselves. Some people grow up in environments where the “ideal” physique is overly emphasized to a point where they cannot accept themselves as they are. Some did not receive ample physical affection.
Still others succumb to the pressures of society and popular media, which showcase beautiful bodies at every turn. Before surgery, we consult with patients about realistic expectations so that each is well aware of how this cosmetic procedure will change the body, as well as what it cannot do.
Give Yourself a Fresh Start
The goal of any compassionate cosmetic surgeon is to facilitate good feelings in his or her patients. While diet and exercise are an important part of a healthy lifestyle, these things may not necessarily do the trick at removing excess skin or fully toning abdominal muscles that have been stretched and damaged from significant fluctuations in weight.
In some cases, surgery provides the kind of rejuvenation needed to get back on track in terms of body image – and, hence, relationships.
Taking Steps Towards Enhanced Body Image
In addition to removing excess skin and tightening the abdominal muscles, there are non-surgical ways to improve how you see yourself and thus, how you relate with that special person in your life.
As all relationships need to come from a place of trust and honesty, self-image is of vital importance. To improve how you view yourself, consider:
- People are more concerned about their own flaws than with counting yours. Although you may feel self conscious about the appearance of your skin, hair, nails, or body, your mate is most likely thinking of other things during intimate times. Rather than focus on what you can improve about your physical features, enjoy the little moments as you experience them.
- Focusing on what you love about yourself. Even before surgery, there are parts of your body you can love, such as long legs or dazzling eyes.
- None of us are composed simply of flesh and bone. Remember that it is more your heart and soul that your partner loves than your body.
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*The information on this page is not intended to be used as medical advice in any way. Always consult with your doctor for any health or mental health related concerns.