Many people want to have some variation of plastic surgery at some point in their life. Whether it is a procedure as small as insignificant as getting Botox injections, or as in depth and extensive as a breast augmentation or tummy tuck, even if you finally decide that you want the surgery, you may not be completely ready for it yet.
- Mentally prepare. If you have never had a surgery before, you likely do not know what it entails and how involved the recovery process is going to be. Knowing what is going to happen and how to deal with it is a great way to mitigate any anxiety you may be feeling. Ask your surgeon about the kind of anesthesia you will be given, what it will feel like, and what you can expect your pain levels to be after the surgery. If you want to know more about your specific kind of surgery, do a little only research to make sure you have all the information.
- Study your surgeon’s instructions. At the last appointment before your plastic surgery, your doctor will probably give you a list of instructions that he needs you to follow in order for your surgery to go as smoothly as possible. For example, these will generally ask you to stop smoking two weeks before the surgery, cease eating or drinking after midnight before your surgery, and to wear loose fitting clothing to accommodate for the monitors and the surgery itself. Study these instructions until you know them backwards and forwards. The last thing you want to do is have to cancel your surgery because you forgot you weren’t supposed to eat breakfast.
- Prepare your home for your recovery. You don’t want to come home and realize that you are not ready to start relaxing and recovering. Make sure you have someone on hand that can drive you to and from your surgery and help you get set up at home. Make sure you have healthy snacks on hand, and some soft foods for the first couple of days after the procedure. Also, set up a place where you can sit still and relax, either in front of the television or on your bed.
- Don’t let your stress get the better of you. It is completely normal to feel some anxiety about your surgery. Don’t let this anxiety take over your life or stop you from going through with the surgery. Pamper yourself a little and try to relax!