By A. Abraham Levin, MD.
A decision to get plastic surgery is sometimes the result of negative self-talk. Therefore, a healthy mindset going into surgery and beyond is crucial to your satisfaction with your results.
Here are some tips to help you along your journey.
Pre-Op Mental/Emotional Health Tips
Your plastic surgeon will likely ask you a few questions to determine whether or not you’re emotionally stable for a procedure.
- Do you exhibit self-hatred characteristics such as depression, drastic actions such as crash dieting or an eating disorder, do you see yourself as others do (realistically) or do you exaggerate perceived flaws (potential Body Dysmorphic Disorder).
- Have you been diagnosed with any of the above mental issues? If so, have you or are you receiving help from a mental health professional?
- Are you on medication(s) for OCD, anxiety, depression, or bipolar disorder?
- What do you expect to gain after surgery? How do you expect to look? How do you expect to feel mentally/emotionally?
Taking all of these issues into consideration (and this certainly not an exhaustive list), your surgeon will determine if you are stable enough to be an ideal candidate for surgery or if waiting a bit longer is a better idea.
Post-Op Mental/Emotional Health Tips
Your surgeon will also set expectations for after surgery. Don’t be offended if they dig deep to determine whether you can withstand the “post-op blues”.
- Be patient with the healing process. Your body needs time to recover, so be sure to follow all of your doctor’s pre and post-op instructions to the letter. There will be swelling. There will be discomfort. There may even be bruising. Understand that you won’t see your desired results right away. It’s going to take time.
- Commit to staying active. Going for an easy walk around the house starting the night of surgery and slowly work up to a walk around the block, etc. This will help you feel capable and not “trapped” in the house. Sunshine, fresh air, and exercise are wonderful ways to chase away post-op blues.
- Plan to attend all of your follow-up appointments. Being present for each of your prescribed follow-ups shows that you are dedicated to following your doctor’s instructions and seeing things through to the end. Your body will have a better chance of healing properly without complications if you see your surgeon regularly for check-ups.
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*This information is not to be used as medical advice or in place of seeking the advice and treatment from a medical doctor. Always see your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your health.