Having surgery is a scary but mostly exciting prospect. The decision to have it should never be taken lightly, as the risks that come with it are very real. However, when performed on a suitable person with the right mindset, the outcome can be amazing. When done by the right surgeon, plastic surgery can increase confidence to no end, and help with other aspects of a person’s life because of that. There are a few things you should do before going under the knife though. Read on to discover what they are:
Know the Risks
It’s so important that you know the plastic surgery risks. Depending on the procedure you’re planning on having, there will be different risks. The risks may even depend on your gender, age, weight, and other things. A good surgeon will be clear and honest about all of the risks you could face in a procedure, so you can consider whether you’re truly willing to go through with it. You should also have a back up plan to decide what you will do if something does go awry.
Make Sure You Have Realistic Expectations
Your expectations need to be realistic in order to stop you from being disappointed with your results. While many plastic surgeons will ensure you have realistic expectations before agreeing to work on you, some won’t and will just take your money. More often than not, procedures have a fantastic outcome. However, they won’t make you look just like your favourite celebrity, they might not get you a boyfriend straight away, and they might not get you a better job. You can’t think that this procedure will change your entire life, because if it doesn’t you’ll be disappointed.
Way before you go under the knife, you should stop smoking. Smoking increases the chances of something going wrong in surgery, so by quitting, you’ll be doing yourself a huge favour. The outcome of your treatment will likely be better, and you’ll recover quicker.
In the same way that smoking affects surgery, so does alcohol. Your surgeon should be able to give you good advice on how much alcohol is ok to drink in the run up to your treatment. You definitely shouldn’t binge or drink on the day of your surgery.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Advice
As mentioned before, your surgeon should give you some sound advice on what to do in the weeks and days leading up to your surgery. Make sure you follow their advice to the letter, as this will give you the best possible outcome and a speedy recovery.
Enlist Somebody to Help You Afterwards
Depending on the treatment, you may need to get somebody to help you afterwards. With a procedure like breast implants, for example, you’ll struggle to move and do things as normal for a while. Get somebody you trust to stay with you for a bit and help you recover.
Now you know what you should do before going under the knife, you can prepare yourself in the best way. Good luck!