After having cosmetic surgery, we look into the mirror and see something amazing reflecting back at us. It’s not just our vanity or the changes that we’ve always wanted. We see the passion, devotion and drive that a surgeon has executed in order to transform your life.

At this moment, you feel the difference between humiliation and humility. You realise that the work of a surgeon is a higher calling, and their patients are the entire reason they do what they do. Here’s some valuable advice that can help those considering plastic surgery and major cosmetic procedures:

Plan for setbacks

It’s important to hope for the absolute best and then plan for setbacks, revisions and delays. Mentally preparing with the worst case scenario can help plastic surgery patients understand the risks and complications, and help them better deal with the specific obstacles in their unique circumstances. I think being told to “be realistic” is counterproductive, because the whole reason why patients are seeking help is to change their reality. While it’s good not to set yourself up for failure, it’s also important to remember to stay positive throughout the process as well.

Be Patient

The results of plastic surgery take time. It takes patience to see the results, and patients are required to participate in their own physical recovery. I’ve found that my results over the last couple of months have evolved from my breast lift surgery, since a great deal of the swelling is almost gone at this point. Sometimes, revision procedures are necessary; I’ll be having a small amount of scar tissue below the skin removed. Stay calm and understand that reaching your cosmetic goals can take time.



Have supportive people

Everyone who undergoes plastic surgery needs a supportive person in play, particularly in some cases where there’s heavier work being done by the surgeon, such as tummy tucks. A person that physically helps care for you after your surgery is just one part of the overall support system you should have in place for optimal results. Support people also include the medical staff working with your surgeon. Our recovery network of people is extremely important in the healing process. The more we’re able to talk about it with supportive people, the better we may feel. It’s also crucial to share your story with others because they may need the support and encouragement that you can provide.

Follow your doctor’s instructions

I can’t stress this enough. This is an obvious tool for success in your procedure and recovery, but sometimes we need to revisit the obvious. Also, referring back to the patient-care instructions issued by your surgeon can lessen your concerns and fears about certain issues you’ll face. While we can take steps to ensure our proper recovery and ask our surgeon for advice, there are always some unknowns. The best thing is to communicate with those professionals taking care of us.



Understand swelling

Bruising, swelling, wound care and the healing process can be a complicated phenomenon. Post-operative swelling, colour change, incision issues and other matters can all create anxiety and stress, particularly when patients aren’t willing to endure patience in their recovery process. Again, it took a couple of months for all of the real major swelling to go away for me. The results vary from patient to patient, depending on a lot of factors. One of the most vital things to remember is that all your distortions will change and mend over time.

Eat sensibly

Before and after surgeries, we can only aid our healing by eating properly. I’ve never heard of anyone eating two dozen doughnuts and seeing miraculous signs of recovery. Junk food will not put us on the road to a miraculous recovery. Also, if the surgeon recommends a multi-vitamin in your aftercare programme, be sure to take it.



Keep a positive attitude

A lot of the discomfort and stress that comes with surgery are temporary. Always remember to begin with the end in mind; this difficult stage won’t last forever and you will feel better again.

Acknowledge the risks

It’s unwise to consider plastic surgery without looking at the risks involved. All major surgery has risks that are pointed out to us by medical experts. Talking to the surgeon and doing plenty of research is the best way to make a final decision. The more accurate information, the better off you’ll be through your decision process. Don’t be afraid to ask difficult questions when it comes to your health. Sometimes, getting the answers we need will require a lot of interrogation.



Whoever you choose and consult, know that each and every surgeon has been through a great deal of training and education just to be there to help you. Regardless of who you choose, understand the sacrifice it took for them to be in a position to practice plastic surgery to help people just like you.