So, you have given it enough thought, talked to your loved ones about the procedure and psyched yourself up. Well, now it's finally time to go into the theater room. The life-altering nature of plastic surgery means that very few patients, if any, are well and truly prepared for the procedure itself and the ensuing consequences.
You undecidedly have many questions churning in your head, from the most common concerns like, “Does the surgery cause much pain?” to persistent doubts about the success rate of the surgery. Others concerns would be about how you think you'll look after surgery, “Will it end up backfiring?” Egypt “Is it worth all my investment?”
Fortunately, there are several actions you could perform, before and after your first appointment with a plastic surgeon, to help reduce your anxiety and make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
Do A Thorough Research
In spite of the fact that a good cosmetic surgeon will explain to you the different stages involved in the procedure, you will do yourself no harm by digging around for as much information as you can. This may range from basic information, such as what your surgery entails (for example rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job), to related aspects, like how long the surgical procedure would take or the success rates.
The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) advices you to do thorough research on the potential health risks of cosmetic surgery before going ahead. The benefit of undertaking such research is that you will be well versed in the stages of surgery and nothing will catch you by surprise.
How To Select Your Surgeon
The success of your surgery greatly depends on your surgeon's proficiency; since, you should know how to make the right choice:
1. It's vital that you choose a professional you trust, after all, you are entrusting the permanent modification of your physical appearance to him / her. In addition to having some level of trust, make sure that your surgeon is a registered medical practitioner and take note of his / her track record.
2. If you think your surgeon may be irritated by your attention to detail, you'll be surprised to find that he / she is more than happy to cater to your needs (you are paying top dollar for their services anyway). NGO's, such as General Surgeons Australia, provide details of qualified surgeons in your area, making it easy for you to 'find your surgeon'.
3. It's important that you do not just go for the first surgeon you come across, without doing more research. In addition, avoid surgeons who offer very low rates for their services – they may not give the best service. Search broadly and compare the services as you also request for referrals.
Easing Back Into Your Normal Lifestyle After The Procedure
You must ideally prepare for any changes that the surgery will cause in your life. This is especially true in cases of major reconstructive surgeries and procedures like liposuction. For example, you can buy new clothes after undergoing liposuction, in addition to changing your diet.
Seek comprehensive guidance during initial consultations with your surgeon about good aftercare so that the consequent healing process will be faster and less stressful.