Hidden stressors and patient motivations: the role of the aesthetic nurse
Stress is a natural human reaction that provides signals or cues to address the challenges and possible threats in our lives. The way in which an individual responds to stress is a significant factor to the difference in quality of life outcomes and overall well-being. The World Health Organisation (WHO) identifies stress as a top global health concern and defines it as ‘a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation’ (WHO, 2023). Stress can weaken not only the immune system but most systems in the body, including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, nervous and reproductive systems (APA, 2023).
In aesthetics, researchers have found an association between the increased likelihood of proceeding with any aesthetic procedure and a higher level of stress (Ramirez et al, 2022). This finding reiterates that caution is of paramount importance when treating patients, given the potential increased stress levels and consequent psychological vulnerability.
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