Plastic surgery is very safe and effective, but it’s still surgery. There are many things to consider both before and after having a procedure done. Being as informed as possible regarding expectations, planning carefully, and knowing how to properly care for yourself afterward are a must.
- Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. It’s important for every patient to come prepared with any and all questions and concerns they have regarding their procedure. While plastic surgeons and staff may cover the most frequently asked questions, they won’t be able to address your specific concerns if you don’t come prepared and ask them. The more information you have, the more you know what to expect, leaving no room for surprises. Doctors also like it when you bring a list of questions because it saves time for everyone.
- Consider when to have the surgery. Think about your work schedule, your family’s vacation plans, or other upcoming social commitments. Depending on the type of surgery you’re having, you may need to take it easy for anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. It may be best to plan to have your surgery done when you don’t have to travel or participate in any activities while you recover.
- Follow your surgeon’s instructions after the procedure! This might seem like a total no-brainer, but the temptation to cut corners is always there. For the best results, listen to your surgeon and do what they say. The last thing you want after having your procedure done are complications. In order to minimize the risk of problems that can occur post-surgery and help you recover smoothly, follow every direction and get lots of rest. Your body’s been through a lot; so sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy your results.