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FAQ For A New You - Questions to Ask Yourself Before Getting Plastic Surgery
19 December 2019
decision to get plastic surgery can be one of the scariest and most
exciting steps we can take in life. We may have lived a lifetime with
something which has caused us to feel self-conscious and undermined
our self-esteem. Alternatively, we may have suffered an injury or
disfigurement through the natural rigours of living. Childbirth,
sports injuries and accidents are just a few examples of events which
can dramatically impact the aesthetic of our bodies.
you have decided ‘enough is enough’ and want to take the first
steps to a more confident version of yourself, there are a number of
questions which should be addressed prior to stepping foot into a
are my plastic surgeon expectations?
you are in your mid 50’s, it is highly questionable whether any
amount of plastic surgery is going to make you look like a teenager
again. Furthermore, if you think your surgery will solve all your
problems and instantly improve every aspect of your life, you will be
highly disappointed. It is vital that patients have reasonable
expectations as to what plastic surgery can and can’t achieve.
is where communication between the patient and the plastic surgeon is
crucial. By understanding the procedure to be undertaken and the
expected outcome, patients can gain a realistic expectation of their
will the downtime be for my procedure?
surgical procedure has a unique set of healing criteria which will
influence the length of time it will take before you are presentable
enough to be seen in public without raising suspicion. The results of
some procedures such as a facelift, may not be fully observable for
many months. In order for you to have the optimal time for healing
and planing your absence from work and social commitments, it is wise
to start preparing in advance.
the following as a rough guide for a return to your normal routine:
- 3 to 4 weeks
- 1 to 2 weeks
liposuction - 3 to 4 weeks
tuck - 2 to 4 weeks
should I look for in a plastic surgeon?
the plastic surgeon personally and ask about their qualifications and
experience. Take note of their before and after photos and ensure
that you are looking at their actual patients. Ask about the risks
surrounding your particular procedure and clarify your surgeons
policies around post-surgery follow-up, treatment of complications
and revision surgery if required.
some due diligence and if possible, read former patient testimonials.
These are your best tools for gaining an insight into both the
surgeon’s skill and their after-care support.
can I prepare for my surgery?
matter which procedure you are considering undergoing, there are a
few basic lifestyle improvements which can increase the chance of a
positive result. These include:
said than done of course, but smoking increases the risk of
infection, scarring, necrosis and delayed healing as well as
life-threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke or blood
a healthy diet. It is proven that a healthy body heals faster. The
faster you heal the less chance of obvious scarring.
your ideal weight. Imagine having a face or neck lift and then
losing 10 kilos and seeing the re-appearance of loose, hanging skin.
number of vitamins and minerals have been found to improve wound
healing including vitamins C and A, as well as zinc. Avoid vitamin E
prior to surgery as it can contribute to increased bleeding and
haematoma. Before taking any supplements, speak to your plastic
is my motivation?
desire to change an area of our body can be motivated by a number of
factors. It is important that your reasons for getting plastic
surgery are motivated by a personal choice rather than external
pressure from a partner, family member or society.
staff are trained to differentiate between patients with a genuine
body issue, in contrast to those who may be displaying the signs body
Dysmorphia is a mental illness which manifests itself as an
irrational view of one's body as being flawed. No amount of plastic
surgery can alter this perception and the syndrome requires
specialised psychiatric counselling.
surgery can be one of the single most life-changing experiences
available to enhance our body image. By asking yourself the above
questions and fully considering the pros and cons of plastic surgery,
you are ensuring you will be placing yourself in the best position
possible for a positive and fulfilling surgical experience.