Summary: Anxiety before a plastic surgery procedure certainly isn’t a new thing. Any time anesthetic and scalpels are involved, people have a right to feel a bit anxious. But there are some things you can do to help bring your anxiety back down to a rational space—to help keep your anxiety in check.
Tips To Help Battle Anxiety Before Plastic Surgery
It’s natural to have butterflies before a big plastic surgery procedure. For a patient, there are so many unknowns. What is it going to look like? Will there be pain? When will I be able to get up and walk around? How long will the procedure take? Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of excitement too—everyone is excited to see what they will look like when the procedure is over.
The anxiety felt by patients is quite natural, and there’s really no way to make it go away completely. That’s okay. It’s supposed to be that way, to a certain degree. But there are ways to mitigate some of that anxiety, so you feel better going into your procedure and feel more comfortable about the end result. That’s why we’re offering some strategies and tips to help you feel more comfortable before your plastic surgery procedure.
Of course, feeling more comfortable will not have any tangible impact in terms of your final results—but, then again, neither will feeling anxious. The better you feel, however, the happier you’ll be, at least in that moment.
Tip #1: Ask a Lot of Questions
The purpose of any consultation with a plastic surgeon is quite simple: to get answers and to get as many answers as possible. Most good plastic surgeons (or cosmetic surgeons) will carve as much time out for patients as is necessary. If you run over, you might have to come back for a second consultation, but, again, most surgeons will not fault you for asking questions.
In fact, the more questions you ask, the better your surgeon will be able to help you through the process. So be sure to ask questions about:
- How long the procedure will take
- What the results will look like
- Any side effects or common complications
- What your body might look like or how your body might behave after the procedure
- Any restrictions on your behavior the procedure or the recovery could place on you
- How long you’ll need to be off your feet or in recovery
- Whether the procedure is an inpatient or outpatient procedure
And there are many more questions. The point is, always be thinking of questions to ask your surgeon, and write them down. This will help you feel more secure in your knowledge going into the procedure.
Tip #2: Watch the Surgeon at Work
Often, there’s that nagging thought in the back of your head. You did your research, you read the reviews, but is your surgeon really a good surgeon (probably, yes). One way to find out is to actually watch the surgeon at work. While this was once impossible outside of a highly supervised trip to the Operating Room, these days many plastic surgeons will make their work visible on social media channels such as SnapChat, Periscope, and even Facebook Live.
This gives plastic surgery candidates an idea of what to expect—a very vivid idea. As long as surgeons take steps to protect the privacy of patients, this seems like a great way to educate and inform those interested in the same procedures.
Tip #3: Plan Your Recovery Well
If you have done your homework well (and you’ve followed tip #1 and asked plenty of questions), you should have a good idea of what to expect in terms of recovery. Whether you’re getting a breast augmentation in Houston or a lip injection in Los Angeles, ensuring you have a restful recovery can make all the difference.
Let’s put it another way: worrying about how you’re going to make dinner the night of your surgery is not going to help you relax. Our best advice is, since you have an idea of how long your recovery will take, make sure you have those days covered. Make sure you have help, make sure you have planned ahead. Having all of these stressors addressed and your recovery planned out will help you relax and focus on you.
And that’s really where you head ought to be at anyway.
Always Listen to Your Plastic Surgeon and to Yourself
At the end of the day, all of your plastic surgery decisions need to between yourself and your surgeon. As long as the two of you have an open and honest working relationship, the feelings of anxiety should be significantly lessened. After all, your plastic surgery transformation is likely going to be a remarkable and great thing—something you should be excited for!