5 Tips on How to Mentally Prepare for Plastic Surgery
If you’re contemplating the idea of getting some work done, or if you’re doubting whether it is a good idea, don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with improving a part of your external image or undergoing a beautification procedure you’ve always wanted. After all, there is only so much you can do to improve your self-image naturally.
Plastic surgery is a quick and effective way to improve your looks, and oftentimes, your health. Some of us simply want better skin, or to look younger, and others have a very real need for corrective surgery in order to eliminate, say, a deviated septum, or treat ptosis of the breasts. Regardless of the procedure you’re about to do, plastic surgery can sometimes seem daunting – so here are the five tips to help you prepare mentally and banish fear.
Research the Procedure and Talk to Your Surgeon
First and foremost, remember that knowledge is the way to a calmer, more rational mind. When you hold all of the information in your hands, you can choose to make more calculated decisions, weigh the pros against the cons, and of course, banish any fear and anxiety from your mind and soul.
And the best way to familiarize yourself with the procedure is to talk to your surgeon. Ask every question that pops in your head, no matter how trivial or silly it may seem. Ask the surgeon to refer you to some reading material as well, or instructional videos that can help you visualize the process. And finally, reach out to their previous patients to gain an insight into their own experience.
Be Realistic With Your Expectations
Plastic surgery might be common practice nowadays, but that doesn’t mean that it can transform you into an ideal version of yourself or the person you have envisioned in your mind. One of the biggest mistakes that lead to post-surgery regrets and let-downs is not being realistic with your expectations.
A good surgeon will make sure to be as precise and realistic with their predictions, but it will be up to you to be realistic as well, and replace your preconceived notions with the calculated predictions of a trained, experienced professional. You might want to look much younger, for example, but your surgeon might be able to knock off only a couple of years while retaining a natural look.
Ease Your Way Into It With Non-invasive Procedures
Plastic surgery can seem daunting, especially if you’re interested in more complicated procedures. Some corrective procedures may require several visits to your surgeon, while others may constitute a long recovery period. This is why you can try to ease yourself into it by trying out non-invasive procedures first.
For example, if you want to banish unwanted fat, you might want to learn more about CoolSculpting online before deciding to go “under the knife” in order to find a more natural and non-invasive way to beautify your body. Use the same mindset before deciding on any complicated surgical procedure in order to avoid invasive operations if you can, or at the very least, ease your mind before the big day.
Understand the Post-surgery Blues
Recovering from plastic surgery can oftentimes be a lengthy process, it may be painful, and it may cause you to feel regret and the post-surgery blues. The important thing to keep in mind is that all of this is perfectly normal, that it will pass, and that you need to prepare mentally for it.
Be sure to work on strengthening your mind by adopting healthy lifestyle habits, and even making yourself physically stronger through regular exercise in the months and weeks leading up to the procedure. This will allow you to become healthier and happier, and will make you feel both physically and mentally prepared to take on the challenge and prevent the post-surgery blues.
Be Patient and Optimistic
And finally, keep in mind that you’re not doing yourself any favors by worrying. The more you think about the procedure and all of the things that could go wrong, the higher the chances that you’ll blow the whole thing out of proportion and maybe even decide to cancel the procedure altogether. This is not the way to achieve any goal in life, especially a goal as important as this one. Instead, strive to maintain a positive attitude, be optimistic, and embrace a daily mantra that will steady you mind.
Human beings are not perfect, and there will always be a part of ourselves we would like to change in order to become healthier, or simply feel better in our own skin. If you’ve decided to go with plastic surgery, be sure to follow this guide in order to banish all fear and make the procedure as rewarding as possible.
Peter is a fashion and lifestyle writer at Trend Prive magazine. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.