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Pressure to look good can affect mental health: Experts – NBC Chicago

Pressure to look good can affect mental health: Experts – NBC Chicago

Ximena Suárez Vavra decided to grow up in her own way.

“I said that when I said I wanted to improve my version without exaggeration,” he said.

He admits he went under the knife.

He said: “4K liposculpture with transfer and the other is breast implants.”

And other cosmetic procedures, including Botox.

“I’ve also applied blush or tattoos to my lips to change the color,” he said.

She says the procedures have made her feel beautiful and empowered, but she also feels social media has had an impact.

“Yes, too much, because you’re constantly comparing yourself, right?”

“What we see are altered images, images that don’t really relate to reality for a human being,” said Marilyn Rodriguez, a psychotherapist at Latinx Therapy.

For some, these constant messages lead them to want to meet “standards” of ideal beauty, says Marilyn Rodriguez, a psychotherapist at the cognitive behavioral therapy clinic Latinx Therapy.

“It’s very much about the sense that sometimes we can be looking for validation of our identity or looking for a desire to be recognized in society,” he said.



Continuing our “The Price of Beauty” series, we take a closer look at the booming market for beauty centers or medical spas in Chicago.

Dr. Colleen Serra says she’s noticed a greater focus on perfection and appearance in women Average age.

“We were forgetting about middle-aged women. They are used to being invisible,” Dr. Serra said.

But he says it’s different today.

She said: “Fortunately, now we are in a moment where we do not forget middle-aged women or women over the age of forty, but it has almost turned in the other direction, where they do not escape these pressures either.”

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The problem comes when these cosmetic procedures become addictive, Marilyn says.

“What we have to keep in mind is that when there is not enough, I cannot stop or nothing satisfies me anymore,” he said.

But how do we begin this process of self-acceptance, and not fall into obsession?

“I think it’s very important to be aware of the motivations, ‘What’s driving me to have this procedure?’ ‘Do I want to change this part of my image?'” he said.

Meanwhile, Ximena does not rule out further plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures in the future.

“Always improving my version is what I want,” he said.