They say winter is the season of the imagination, that the start of a new year is a time of hope and optimism. They also say it’s the best time to celebrate your accomplishments, take inventory of your options, and create a new set of goals to work towards all year long.
Yet at the same time, the new and the unknown can also bring feelings of insecurity and anxiety, especially about the way you look.
If you’re not quite satisfied with your reflection in the mirror and you feel disheartened when you think of the way you look, don’t let it get to you. We’ve assembled a list of confidence-boosting treatments and practices to try in 2021 that’ll put your mind at ease and pave the way for feeling confident about your appearance this year and beyond.
1. Embrace The Trend Of Body Positivity And Self-Acceptance
The purpose of the body positivity movement is to champion your unique physical features with self-acceptance, confidence, and self-love, flaws and all.
Certainly, nothing makes you feel good more than looking good in your own skin. Many people can be happy with themselves while still having something about their look that they want to improve. If this means getting cosmetic surgery to help you achieve self-acceptance, then do it.
Whether you choose cosmetic surgery, non-invasive treatments or sweat equity, it’s your personal choice and yours alone. From having your teeth straightened and keeping your skin hydrated to eliminating scars and enjoying a relaxing massage every week, the true trend here is to find the best realistic version of yourself and be confident about it.
Small enhancements can help maintain your facial structure while highlighting inherited family traits that make you look like you - with a few refined tweaks. The key is to use your personal choices as part of an overall wellness lifestyle.
2. Don’t Settle For Less Than You Deserve
Just because you were born with something doesn’t mean you’re stuck with it. You have the right to improve your appearance and your self-confidence.
If you feel your breasts are disproportionately small, different sizes, less full after childbirth and breastfeeding, have lost their shape over time, or are out of balance with the rest of your body, breast augmentation may work for you.
With breast augmentation, women can have more symmetrical breasts. This surgical procedure uses breast implants to augment the size, contour, and shape of your breasts. The implant is placed either beneath the breast tissue or beneath the pectoral muscles through an incision in the skin.
You can usually return to most normal activities within 24-48 hours after the procedure and use minimal pain medication.
3. Think Positive
Negativity bias is something we develop over time as a way to understand and explain the experiences we go through. While these thoughts come from inside you, they aren’t necessarily you.
Get to know the difference between negative thoughts and the natural negativity bias we humans have to help us stay safe from danger and keep us alive. Take a few minutes every day to observe your thoughts and see how many try to build you up or break you down.
If you only listen to your negativity bias, you will erode your confidence when you’re trying something new. Label each emotion for what it truly is and move on. Do not enter into negative self-talk, because it will only become more powerful and influential. Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
All this thinking positive will help you act positive. When you start acting on your positive thinking, you change yourself, one action at a time. Put positive energy into your actions and you’ll soon start to notice a difference.
4. Guys, You Should Feel Great About Taking Off Your Shirt
Living with gynecomastia can be a daily struggle for men and teen boys. Gynecomastia is the abnormal enlargement of breast tissue in the chest area of men and boys, a benign condition that results most often from hormone imbalance. Getting undressed in front of others and trying to hide your oversized breasts with clothing can take a great toll on you, both mentally and emotionally.
For these guys, no amount of diet and exercise can permanently reduce the appearance of their breasts, which can not only be embarrassing, but it can also cause back and neck strain.
Gynecomastia surgery can help. The procedure can correct your breast tissue to create a natural looking male chest, improve your overall confidence and give you the courage you need to be yourself in a social setting.
5. Spend Quality Time Taking Care Of Yourself
It’s amazing how much of a difference a shower, a shave, blow-drying your hair and adding your signature scent can make in your feelings of self-confidence and for your self-image.
In this time of remote work, go ahead and get fully dressed. Dress nicely, too. You’ll feel more successful, presentable, and ready for that next online meeting or in-person meet-up. Grooming lets you work on your self-image without anyone knowing but you.
6. Get Rid Of Those Skin Imperfections, Scarring, And Signs Of Aging
If you’ve been under a lot of stress lately, your face might show it. Laser skin rejuvenation is an ideal treatment for skin imperfections, scarring and signs of aging brought on by too much stress.
Laser skin resurfacing like the HALO laser treatment is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that reaches deep tissue layers to deliver long-lasting results.
After just one Halo treatment, you can see significant, noticeable improvement with fine lines and wrinkles, discoloration, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, sun damage and scarring in as little as two to five days after your treatment.
7. Overcome Self-Doubt
If you lack self-confidence, you will always feel like you’re at the mercy of other people. This is often called the victim mentality, and it can make you feel like you deserve to feel bad about yourself.
But you don’t. You are just as valuable and important as the people around you. Don’t let yourself think less of you.
Identify the areas of your life where you doubt yourself, remove those barriers, then let them go. Learn how to be confident and succeed wherever you are. Stop thinking, “It doesn’t matter that I have self-doubt,” and instead think, “No one is stopping me from achieving what I want to accomplish. I can do this.”
8. Protect Yourself From Premature Aging
There is nothing like a spa treatment to help you relax and stay stress-free. HydraFacials are a gentle treatment that revive dull skin while protecting your face from aging, no matter your age.
By deeply cleansing, exfoliating, extracting and hydrating the skin, a HydraFacial gives you dramatic results without the redness and downtime of chemical peels or microdermabrasion. The nutrient-packed, hydrating ingredients give you the bright, soft, dewy, radiant complexion you need to face every obstacle or aha-moment of your day.
9. Change One Small Habit A Month
It sounds like such an easy thing to do. But when you change small things about your life, you often feel invigorated and confident again.
Wake up 10 minutes earlier. Write things down. Have a glass of water first thing in the morning. Give daily movement a priority. Remember to brush your teeth (with social distancing, it’s so easy to forget!).
Change something small that you know you can change. Do it for a month. When you’ve accomplished it, you’ll feel like a million bucks.
10. Consider Body Contouring
If you’ve been trying to address your “problem areas” – saddlebags, love handles, stomach pooch – and nothing seems to be working, a body contouring treatment may be the trick.
After you’ve maintained a robust exercise routine and a healthy diet, you aren’t completely satisfied with your body, and you can’t seem to make your problem areas go away, body contouring can help you spot-treat them to reveal the sculpted body you desire.
If the skin on your abdomen is loose and sagging, abdominoplasty surgery, commonly referred to as tummy tuck, may be the only way to flatten and tighten your abdomen by removing excess skin and fat while tightening the abdominal muscles.
When you’ve reached an ideal weight and live a healthy lifestyle but still struggle to target problem areas, consider SAFELipo® liposuction at Proffer Surgical Associates, a comprehensive body contouring process that delivers smoother, more natural contours than traditional liposuction. It’s much gentler on the body and it’s perfect if you can’t afford a lengthy downtime.
Ready To Feel Confident About Your Appearance In 2021?
Schedule a consultation today with Proffer Surgical Associates to meet with our experienced time. During your consultation, we will get to know your goals and vision for what you want to look like, discuss your options, and help you choose the best next steps.