Body image is defined by the representation of the body, by the perception that a person has of his own body. This perception concerns his gaze as well as that of others.
A positive body image is very important for growth and happiness.
It is built from the feelings and values of the person.
Stretch marks originate from skin's elastic fibres tear, usually due to extreme tension. Rapid changes in weight, pregnancy, muscle gain and growth spurts are some factors that lead to the appearance of stretch marks. we begin to lose volume in certain areas of the face, which can make us look tired and sagging.
Varicose veins or telangiectasias are small venules of the skin. They present as fine as hairs and are shaped like stars or spiders' legs; they may be blue, violet or red and can become very visible and cosmetically disfiguring.
Venules and telangiectasias of the lower limbs are extremely common. They are linked to hereditary and lifestyle factors (eg. sedentary lifestyle, type of work, pregnancy, age).
Venules and telangiectasias do not develop into varicose veins if there is no underlying venous disease, however, they do still have a tendency to grow outwards as time goes by, thus becoming increasingly visible and unsightly.
They can sometimes cause a feeling of heaviness in the legs, cramps or oedema.
The cells that compose the adipose tissue are responsible for the synthesis, storage and release of fat in the blood according to the energy needs of the body. Therefore, they play an essential role in bringing the necessary energy to body tissues and organs.
However, when fat intake exceeds energy requirements, fat cells grow, and they can reach up to ten times bigger than their original size. “Love handles” then form on the body, primarily on the hips, thighs and buttocks of women and on the abdomen and back of men.
The causes of sagging skin are numerous, but natural aging is considered the most common reason. With aging, the skin produces a significantly lesser amount of elastin, which makes it lose its flexibility. This loss of elastin, coupled with a decreased production of collagen, also considerably thins out the skin's structure.
Weight loss and weight gain, pollution, dehydration and exposure to the sun are all contributing factors to the advent of flaccid and sagging skin.
There are two types of hyperhidrosis: primary hyperhidrosis, which is its own medical condition, and secondary hyperhidrosis, which is a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
While the exact cause of primary hyperhidrosis is unknown, it may be related to over-activity of the central nervous system. It usually affects at least one of the following areas: underarms, hands, feet, face.
This type of hyperhidrosis, which appears to have a genetic component, usually develops during childhood or adolescence and continues through adulthood. Emotions (stress, fear, etc.) and heat may worsen symptoms. Sweating caused by heat (face, chest and back) can occur at any time, but emotionally-induced sweating (hands, feet and underarms) usually does not occur while sleeping.
Secondary hyperhidrosis is caused by another underlying medical condition such as menopause, endocrine disorders, obesity, nerve damage, or certain types of drugs. Unlike with primary hyperhidrosis, those with secondary hyperhidrosis experience generalized sweating, meaning it is not limited to certain areas of the body, and symptoms can occur while sleeping. Lastly, in those with secondary hyperhidrosis, excessive sweating usually starts in adulthood.