Chances are, your decision to have plastic surgery was based on months of research, careful consideration and consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, you may be feeling some nerves about your upcoming procedure. This is very common and something that Dr. David Magilke has helped former patients with. In this post, Dr. Magilke shares his best tips for calming your nerves about plastic surgery.
Speak with Your Surgeon
A great way to alleviate nerves or fears about plastic surgery is to speak with your surgeon. Part of your surgeon’s job is to help you navigate these feelings and overcome them. Discussing your feelings openly with your surgeon can also help strengthen your trust in him or her.
Try Relaxation Techniques
If you find yourself consumed with anxious thoughts or are having trouble sleeping, you might want to try some relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga or deep breathing exercises. Massages or a glass of wine (with your doctor’s permission, of course) can also help to minimize stress and nerves. Talk to a trusted friend or someone else in your support network. Sometimes even journaling about stress or fears can be a calming practice.
Prepare Yourself for the Day of Surgery and Recovery
Well-prepared patients tend to have less stress and a smoother experience. Follow all of your doctor’s pre- and post-operative instructions like filling prescriptions, setting up a recovery area, stocking up on recovery essentials and arranging for a friend or family member to drive you home from surgery. Focusing on these tasks helps take your mind off your nerves or stress.
Also, be kind to your body as you prepare for surgery. This puts you in the best shape possible going into your operation. Eat healthy, balanced meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep.
Focus on the Long-Term Outcomes and Benefits
Finally, shift your focus and think about the long-term outcomes of your procedure. Visualize how you will look after surgery and how great you feel inside. Devote more energy to thinking about the benefits than the risks of surgery.
Contact Dr. Magilke
If you are feeling nervous about an upcoming procedure with Dr. Magilke, don’t hesitate to reach out to him. He is happy to discuss what bothers you and help you feel more confident about the surgery. Please contact our practice today.