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Emotional Changes to Be Aware of After Cosmetic Surgery

proceduresMost cosmetic surgery patients are focused on the procedure itself and how it will change their physical appearance. However, an oftentimes overlooked aspect is the post-surgery emotional changes that many experience.

Fortunately, every Houston cosmetic surgeon is trained to look for signs that their patient may not respond as positively to the procedure on an emotional level as would be hoped. More and more patients are also learning how to recognize any warning signs that they may be experiencing. This is important as one of the best ways to manage post-surgery emotional changes is to understand the patient’s emotional state heading into it.

Unfortunately, some seeking cosmetic surgery suffer from body dysmorphic disorder; these individuals believe that part of their physical appearance is extraordinarily defective and that it needs to be fixed or even hidden from view entirely if possible. A number of individuals seeking cosmetic surgery end up having several plastic surgery procedures done for the same part of their body as it seems to never become “perfect.”

Of course, those who already suffer from depression or anxiety will be more likely to experience post-surgery challenges on an emotional level than others will.

For these reasons, people exhibiting any emotional red flags are encouraged to speak to their surgeon or a psychiatrist prior to having any procedures done. This is so that necessary precautionary measures can be taken to ensure that their post-operation period goes as smoothly as possible.

Fortunately, simply understanding exactly what the Houston cosmetic surgery procedure will entail and what physical changes will be the result goes a long ways towards having a positive post-surgery experience. This is because many who do have a difficult time afterwards are upset because unrealistic expectations were not met.

Additionally, it is very important to ensure that the patient and surgeon are on the same page as far as what procedure would best meet the patient’s desires. For example, would a tummy tuck or liposuction be the best choice?

Regardless of the emotional state of the patient going into surgery, it is completely natural to experience the “blues” or otherwise feel down for a period that can last up to a few weeks following the surgery. This is because a part of the body has changed, and it oftentimes takes some time to adjust emotionally to that change. This can also be true for those who are very happy with the results.

Of course, this time can be lengthened or exacerbated if there will be an extended period of swelling or bruising as physical changes will continue to evolve through this period. Disappointment in the results of the surgery or a lack of support from family or friends can also aggravate any post-surgery depression or stress.

Knowing that a period of a few days of feeling physically sore or tired will follow the Houston face lift or other type of cosmetic surgery will also help the patient relax during their recovery.

Fortunately, many Houston cosmetic surgeons provide counseling or references to qualified counselors to help their patients during this time. In fact, this has become the standard practice for physicians who specialize in bariatric surgery, which helps patients lose weight. However, those utilizing a surgeon who does not provide this service are encouraged to seek one who does.

Conversely, it is important to note that a 2005 study that was published in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found that 87 percent of patients who had cosmetic surgery were ultimately satisfied with the results and had experienced improvements in their own self image. And that number should increase as surgeons and patients alike continue to place more of a focus on post-surgery emotional changes.

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