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4 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before Cosmetic Surgery

Are you feeling nervous about your upcoming cosmetic surgery? From talking with your plastic surgeon to stopping smoking, here are 4 things you can do to calm those jittery nerves. 

When you are facing an upcoming cosmetic surgery, be it a facelift or liposuction, it’s natural to feel nervous and worry about the risks. However, when performed by a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon, these procedures are very safe and effective.

You can anticipate a successful outcome of your cosmetic procedure by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for several reasons.

  • They have gone through all the requisite training to practice this medical specialty and can give you the pre and post-treatment care you need for the best results.
  • Such doctors are extremely experienced and can address your health concerns fully. You can go into surgery with the assurance that you’ve chosen an expert.
  • They know what kind of surgery will best resolve your cosmetic or reconstructive issues.
  • They will give you the peace of mind you need to focus on an easy and speedy recovery.

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4 Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before Cosmetic Surgery

Preventing pre-surgery anxiety can help you relax in the days before your procedure. It can also help you focus on healing and positive energy.

While you cannot turn jittery nerves on or off at will, here are some steps you can take to alleviate any fears you have in the weeks before your surgery:

1. Talk to Your Plastic Surgeon About Your Concerns

If you are feeling nervous about your upcoming procedure, talk to your plastic surgeon, as they can help you deal with any of your fears or anxiety by discussing the procedure and addressing any concerns you may have.

Tip: Discussing your fears with your surgeon gives you the opportunity to build a trusting relationship, which is crucial to giving you peace of mind.

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2. Avoid Smoking

If you’re a smoker, you may turn to cigarettes with greater frequency if you’re feeling nervous, anxious, or uncertain. However, smoking is not only bad for your overall health, but it can also negatively impact your healing process after surgery.

In fact, smoking may even increase your risk of:

  • developing blood clots
  • infection
  • suffering from cardiovascular diseases
  • scarring as it leads to poor wound healing

If you are undergoing cosmetic surgery, you should consider quitting smoking at least 4 weeks before and after the procedure to reduce your risk of developing smoking-related complications.


3. Take Care of Any Pre-Surgery Instructions

One of the most effective ways of dealing with your anxiety is by distracting yourself. You can do this by focusing on what you need to get ready for your procedure. They can be small tasks such as:

  • packing your bag and making sure you have the right items to bring along
  • preparing a ‘recovery area’ in your home where you can get in and out of bed easily
  • putting all the necessary items to aid in your recovery close by (eg. facial tissues, healthy snacks, and extra pillows)
  • arranging for rides to and from the surgery and ensuring you have someone on hand with you after the surgery for a few days to assist with day-to-day chores and activities

If you’re busy marking these items off your ‘to do’ list, then you’ll be too involved to allow any fears or concerns to grow and fester.


4. Prepare Your Body For Surgery

Your plastic surgeon has probably given you a pre-surgery checklist of things to do to prepare for surgery and one thing that can help you is to be healthy before your procedure. This means taking care of yourself by:

  • getting healthy meals
  • getting plenty of rest
  • exercising
  • taking any physician-approved vitamins and supplements

By doing what you can to limit your surgical risk, the more confident you’ll feel heading into your procedure.


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