Mentally preparing for plastic surgery

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Jul 16, 2014 9:00:00 AM

preparing-for-plastic-surgeryYou’ve booked a date for your plastic surgery and are excited and looking forward to the final results. You may already be fantasizing about you may look after you are fully recovered, or may be looking ahead to shopping for a new wardrobe to match your newly refined features. This is an exciting time, but it is also perfectly normal to feel a mix of nerves, fear, and uncertainty. After all, surgery is a major life event and shouldn’t be viewed lightly. Thankfully, there are several things you can do ahead of time to mentally prepare for plastic surgery.

Focus on your goals and look forward to the future

It is normal both before and after plastic surgery to feel a wide range of emotions from excitement and joy to uncertainty and fear. Many patients feel emotions after their initial consultation, but as their surgery date approaches, that excitement gives way to uncertainty and questions such as, “What if…” or “Is this the right decision?” While some of your questions may not have easy answers, it is important to focus on your surgical goals and remember why you have chosen to undergo plastic surgery. After surgery, many patients experience a few days of elation and excitement followed by a downturn of emotions and even some sadness or depression for several more days. Gradually, the negative emotions will give way and be replaced with positive ones as your body begins to heal and you come closer and closer to seeing your results.

Visualize positive results

When you feel anxiety or uncertainty creeping into your thoughts, push them aside by visualizing your expected final results and how you might feel when you are completely healed and back to your normal activities. Athletes typically perform better and are happier with their own effort by using positive visualization before engaging in sports, and the same is true for many plastic surgery patients. Visualize great results and you will have a greater likelihood of being happy with the final outcome and may reduce negative feelings or emotions during your pre-op and recovery periods.

Build a strong support network ahead of time

Before plastic surgery, you have likely discussed your plans with those closest to you. It may help to approach these same friends and family members again and ask them for their active support and help during your recovery. This might range from enlisting help with getting your children to their activities or providing meals for your family while you recover. Or, perhaps you might ask a friend to help boost your mood should it dip during recovery due to the restrictions on your activity level. Whatever your needs, be sure you are creating a network of people that can be there for you no matter what.

Keep in touch with your surgeon

In addition to building a strong support network before plastic surgery, be sure to keep in touch with your surgeon both before and after your surgery. Plug Monarch Plastic Surgery’s phone number into your phone so it will be available anytime you need it, especially during your recovery. You can reach our Leawood and Lansing offices at (913) 663-3838 and our Kansas City office at (816) 436-3262. Don’t be shy about asking questions or addressing concerns. Knowledge really is power, and informed patients are typically more pleased with their overall results and often have less anxiety before surgery.

If you have already had your consultation and scheduled your surgery, congratulations! You are well on your way to an exciting journey. If you have been considering plastic surgery, but haven’t taken the plunge, please call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing offices or (816) 436-3262 for our Kansas City office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.

Topics: Plastic surgery

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