Planning for plastic surgery is like building your dream home. You’ve got to research the perfect location, the best renovators, the affordability, the colour of the interior and the overall feel and theme you want for your home sweet home.
Having plastic surgery is the same process, and you want to make sure you use the best surgeon that can enhance your looks, and that you receive the best care and recovery. Great results do not come cheap, neither do they come fast. Surgery is a long process that needs ample planning and healing time.
This guide will help give you an understanding on what to plan for, what you should expect and what you should look out for when doing your plastic surgery research.
- Research – 2 to 4 weeks
The first thing that comes to mind is Cost. How much are you willing and able to spend to get your desired outcome? You want to find a suitable surgeon that is within your budget. It is important to set a reasonable budget – too cheap and your outcome might end up botched.
Next would be the Surgeon. Finding any surgeon is easy, but finding a reputable doctor may be challenging, especially if you have to factor in cost. Good surgeons with matching reputations are not the cheapest, but at least you know the surgeon can be trusted and you will go home looking better than before. Finding a good surgeon at the right price is extremely important, otherwise you might end up paying more for fixing up a cheap job.
Many agents and platforms are available to help you find the perfect surgeon for your procedure. You may not want to go to the doctor your friend went to if she had a blepharoplasty when you are looking to do a rhinoplasty. Find a surgeon who is specialized in that body part and remember to look at Before and After photos. Don’t commit to a doctor simply because he has presented photos. Make sure you like his work and build confidence and trust with him before you commit.
If you engage with an agent, do some further research to ensure that the recommended surgeon can meet your needs and expectations. Be aware that some agents recommend a surgeon based on the commissions.
- Consultation – 4 to 8 weeks
This is where your surgeon has an understanding of what you want, the procedure, and an opportunity for you to present any of your questions and worries.
It is beneficial for you to compare Before and After results of your procedure using a 3D-imaging system for photorealistic results. This will allow you to view your post-op results from any angle and to change any minor details on the simulation to give you the perfect results.
Ask your surgeon if there are any pre- and post-op activities, diets and habits you should take note of. This will help prepare your body physically for surgery and to ensure you undergo optimal healing.
If at any point you are not comfortable with the surgeon, do not feel obligated to proceed. Just relax, be patient, and look for another surgeon you would feel more comfortable with.
- Waiting period between final pre-op consultation and surgery date – 3 to 12 weeks
Highly reputable surgeons are sought after so be prepared to wait for a period of time. Do not be tempted to proceed with any surgeon who can give you the earliest available appointment. If you have waited your whole life to do this surgery and have done all that research, just be patient a little longer – if you have picked the right surgeon for you, it’s worth the wait and the results will speak for themselves.
Prepare your body internally for surgery. Eat lots of nutritious food with plenty of vitamins. You want to make sure your body remains strong after surgery.
Use this time to prepare for things that would usually need your attention or things that would help during your recovery process. Here are a few important things you need to prepare for:
- Someone to drive you back from your surgery – you might still be groggy from the anesthesia, therefore it is strongly discouraged to drive yourself home post-op
- Comfortable clothes to wear that are easy to get in and out of
- Compression garment – this should be your best friend, your companion, your hero throughout the duration of your recovery. Read the benefits of wearing compression garments here.
- Post-op food – You want to ensure your body is getting lots of nutrition and vitamins to stimulate growth and repair of cells, and to give you energy whilst going about your daily activities.
- Request for leave of absence
- A comfortable and accessible resting area
- Recovery – 3 weeks to 8 months
We recommended to prepare compression garments and post-op food as above.
A compression garment is greatly beneficial for you post-op. The right compression garment helps reduce pain, swelling, bruising, risk of infection and most of all, brings you comfort. Wearing compression is like someone giving you a hug when you are feeling lousy. You feel the support andthe garment encourages the body to heal. We recommend you wear a garment 24/7 for the first 4 to 6 weeks to enable your body to heal faster, better and stronger. Once you have found a comfortable and suitable garment, we would recommend you buying 2 of those garments. Nobody wants to be wearing the same underwear all day and night for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Having two will simply allow you to Wash 1 Wear 1, ensuring you are always in a garment throughout your entire healing process.
After surgery, your immune system may be weak. You want to boost your immune system by eating well and eating nutritional meals that you prepared before surgery. The faster your body heals, the sooner you will be able to flaunt your new look and get back to your daily routine.
Avoid smoking and alcohol. This will dramatically slow down your healing, as your body will have other things to take care of besides your surgical wound.
If you are already taking time off work to recover, we wouldn’t discourage you from having a vacation after your surgery. *wink* Putting yourself in a relaxed environment will help your body to recover faster, while allowing your mind to enjoy and be. Of course, don’t do anything strenuous. This might cause a negative effect on your healing, thereby prolonging your recovery.
Lastly, ensure you have someone to take care of you when you come home. You may find that daily activities are challenging immediately after surgery, such as washing your hair or getting dressed after a breast op, getting out of bed after lipo, etc.
Our team at Aesthetic Insiders wishes you all the best for your surgery. If you are thinking about surgery, make sure you are doing it for yourself, and not for others. You are the one undergoing surgery, and it only benefits you, so think long and hard about surgical procedures and everything involved before making any commitments.
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