How to Support Your Loved One
You have many options when it comes to supporting your loved one. You can do all of these or just some of them.
When someone is about to undergo surgery, he or she usually wants to talk about the procedure and any feelings associated with it. This person can be excited and scared. Don’t say or think the person is making a bad decision if he or she is happy one minute and unsure the next. This is common, and it just means the person needs to be listened to and supported.
Offer a Ride
A patient needs a ride to the surgical center and back. If you are able to do this, it would be a major help. Not only will your loved one feel good having you there, but it ensures that he or she gets home safely.
Encourage Your Loved One
The last thing someone wants to hear after getting plastic surgery is one of the following:
- It doesn’t look any different.
- Oh wow! Are you okay?
- Is it going to stay like that?
Be positive after your loved one comes out of surgery. Yes, the swelling and bruising will go away with time. For some procedures, it can take up to 12 months before the final results are achieved (such as with rhinoplasty).
Make a Meal
You can show how much you love someone by making his or her favorite meal or treat. Showing up with some food can take off a lot of pressure too, especially if the person is a parent.
Ask if You Can Do Anything
Sometimes, you may not know how to help your loved one. There’s no reason you can’t ask the person what he or she needs. That’s the best way to find out what they really want.
We’ve helped many loved ones support patients in our office and at home by phone. If you ever have any questions on how you can best help a patient, give us a call. We also welcome you to come to the free consultation we offer patients, as long as your loved one agrees.
We have free consultations available Monday through Friday including evenings. We also have Saturday appointments available. You can choose from our Manhattan or Commack, Long Island plastic surgery offices.
We look forward to helping you and your loved one make plastic surgery a pleasant experience. We have an experienced team of surgeons that perform face and body procedures in Manhattan and Long Island such as facial plastic surgery, eye lift (blepharoplasty), rhinoplasty (nose job), breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, liposuction using laser, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), gynecomastia correction, skin removal & lift surgery, and labiaplasty. Call us today!