Before seeking plastic surgery, it is important to not only research your chosen procedure and have a consultation with your surgeon, but to also ask yourself a number of questions prior to your surgery day. Patients who have the highest levels of satisfaction after their surgeries are often well informed not only about their procedure, but about their motivation for seeking surgery in the first place, among other considerations. Before undergoing plastic surgery, there are a number of questions you should ask yourself.
Whose interests am I addressing by considering plastic surgery?
When considering plastic surgery, there is one person you should aim to please above all others: you. By setting and working toward your own goals, you are far more likely to be happy with your results than if you undergo plastic surgery in an attempt to satisfy someone else. By achieving your own goals, you are more likely to be more confident and have an improved body image after plastic surgery than patients attempting to please someone else. In addition, it is important to focus on looking like yourself, only better. Patients who still want to look like themselves are often more satisfied than those hoping to emulate someone else’s appearance.
Am I ready for plastic surgery?
Regardless of your reasons for seeking plastic surgery, it is important to be healthy enough to undergo your procedure. Plastic surgery patients should be at a healthy weight and should have positive lifestyle habits that include a healthy diet and regular exercise. Good plastic surgery candidates should be non-smokers. Prior to surgery, you should also limit your alcohol consumption. Be sure that you understand the ins and outs of your procedure, including realistic outcomes, how to prepare, and what to expect during the recovery process. Much of this information should be discussed during your consultation, and you should have all of your questions and concerns addressed during your consultation as well.
What do I expect to achieve through plastic surgery?
During plastic surgery, it is important to have clear goals and understand whether your goals are realistic or not. Your surgeon should be able to help you to bring your goals and potential results into alignment. Some patients may go into their consultation with one idea about what type of procedure they think would be ideal, but under their surgeon’s guidance, it may turn out that a different approach is better to achieve their goals. If that is the case for you, don’t be discouraged. Your surgeon will be working with you as a partner in determining your needs and the best way to achieve your goals. Your surgeon’s suggestions will be made with your best interests in mind.
Do I have a plan for my recovery period?
Just as important as preparing for surgery itself is having a plan for your recovery. For most surgeries you will need to have a responsible adult available to assist you and be with you for at least the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. In addition, you may need assistance for a few weeks if you have a tummy tuck, breast surgery, or certain other procedures that require you to limit raising your arms or lifting items for a period of time. Well before your surgery date, you should have help already lined up and at the ready.If you feel ready to take the next step in your plastic surgery journey, call Monarch Plastic Surgery today at (913) 663-3838 for our Leawood and Lansing locations or (816) 436-3262 for our North Kansas City location. You can also fill out this form to receive a free plastic surgery consultation.