After nearly 19 years of practice, we have seen our patients experience a wide range of emotions as they go through the decision-making process to have surgery. As such, we’ve always made it a priority to prepare our patients – physically and emotionally – in an effort to try to minimize any fears.
Here, we address some of our most frequently asked questions as we work with our patients to address each concern so that they feel comfortable and confident with their decision, whatever that may be.
What if I end up looking plastic or not like myself?
In recent years, there has been a great deal of attention paid to plastic surgery gone ‘wrong.’ But these cases do not represent the reality of cosmetic plastic surgery. In fact, the vast majority of cosmetic plastic surgery yields great results and rare complications. There are risks associated with any type of surgery, but the incidence of complications is extremely low in cosmetic surgery, especially with surgery in the face and neck. Even when complications do occur, they are typically minor and easily managed without affecting the overall surgical result.
Will family and friends think I’m vain?
Vanity is defined as excessive pride in, or admiration of, one’s own appearance or achievements – which is the opposite of how most cosmetic surgery patients feel. Our patients just want to feel and look their best, in order to improve their self-image and confidence. It’s human nature to want to look and feel good. Most people shower, brush their hair and teeth, get their hair cut and styled, and buy and wear clothes that make them look and feel good. These are not considered signs of vanity – and undergoing cosmetic surgery shouldn’t be any different.
What if my family doesn’t support my decision?
A good spouse is going to tell you that you look beautiful as you are and that you don’t need cosmetic surgery. Remember, they’re dealing with some of the same fears as you. However, we’re not treating the spouse or any other family member; we’re treating the patient to make them feel better about themselves and the way they look. So, we advise that every patient make the decision for themselves.
Can I afford cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery isn’t cheap – and it shouldn’t be. Surgery isn’t the time to find the cheapest deal because, as with anything, you get what you pay for. The cost of cosmetic surgery often includes the initial consultation, the preoperative preparation, the facility, anesthesia services, the procedure, postoperative care and follow-up visits. Ultimately, the financial cost of a procedure should certainly be a consideration, but it shouldn’t be the primary consideration.
Will I experience a lot of pain?
Unfortunately, you can’t have surgery without experiencing some degree of pain. However, the pain – usually described as mild to moderate – typically resolves fairly quickly and can be managed with the use of prescription pain medications. We typically prescribe a narcotic pain medication, which most patients take as needed during the first week. Many patients have told us that they didn’t take any after the first night and many quickly switch to Tylenol.
Will it take a long time to recover?
Recovery time and time off from work are very important considerations when contemplating cosmetic surgery. Typically, most people can return to most routine activities within 5-7 days. However, they may still have some visible signs of surgery, such as bruising and swelling, that may last for up to 10-14 days. We suggest that most patients plan at least one week off from work to recover, but if they want to allow time for visible signs of surgery to resolve, they should plan on two weeks.
If you’re considering facial rejuvenation procedures or cosmetic surgery, we’re happy to answer any questions you might have or address any concerns. At Youthful Reflections, we understand and support our patients no matter what decision they make or how long it takes to make a decision. We just want to be here for you every step of the way.