When it comes time for plastic surgery, keep your mental health in check

July 14, 2011

When it comes time for plastic surgery, keep your mental health in check
When it comes time for plastic surgery, keep your mental health in check

When preparing for certain plastic surgery procedures such as facelifts or breast augmentations, many patients understand that they will have to spend some time recovering physically. However, any type of surgery can be stressful, even if it is an elective cosmetic procedure. Taking some time to prepare mentally for your surgery is always a smart move.

Fortunately, there are some techniques you can utilize to minimize the stress of recovery, according to the Scripps Memorial Hospital Campus.

The first and perhaps most important step one should take before going under the knife is to reach out to friends and family. Their support will be invaluable after you have undergone your procedure.

Before you head to the plastic surgeon's office, make sure your home is ready for your return. Make the space where you will be spending most of your recovery comfortable, and ensure that it is close to a bathroom. Additionally, stock the space with food, water, a telephone and anything you might want to stay entertained.

While recovering, keep your eyes on the prize. You may experience some pain initially, but eventually the surgery will pay off and you'll have the new look you desire.
Eating well and taking care of yourself physically during your recovery is key to keeping mental stability in check. Avoid alcohol, and try to drink plenty of water and eat healthy foods.

Be sure to discuss the recovery process with a board-certified plastic surgeon, and be sure to follow any postoperative instructions you receive from your doctor. Have their information on hand, so that you can easily call them should you have any questions. Before you know it, you'll be fully healed and ready to return to your normal routine.


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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