Before a scheduled procedure, it is vital to prepare yourself both mentally and physically. Board-certified Long Island plastic surgeon Dr. Lloyd Landsman discusses what you should focus on prior to the day of surgery.
Do Your Research
If you have done thorough research on the procedure and your surgeon, you have already prepared yourself well for procedure day. If you have questions, make sure your surgeon answers them fully, and if you do not understand something, speak up. There is no such thing as a silly question. An educated patient is truly the best plastic surgery client. You know you are in good hands with a board-certified plastic surgeon.
Find out exactly what happens, from the time you arrive for the procedure until you are in the recovery area — and beyond. Information is power, and gives you confidence in your decision.
A surgical procedure is still a surgical procedure, even when it is elective and will improve your appearance. While it is natural to have a bit of anxiety prior to the operation, staying calm is critical for both your mental and physical health.
If nerves are a problem, consider trying relaxation techniques such as meditation or yoga. That is not going to work for everyone, so do whatever helps you relieve anxiety. For some, just keeping busy takes their mind off it, while others may want to chat with friends about the procedure and make plans to get together after recovery.
You put a lot of time and effort into making this decision. Concentrate on how good you will look when the procedure is finished and the healing is done.
Each patient’s recovery plan revolves around their individual situation. Make arrangements for child or pet care beforehand, and stock your freezer so that mealtimes are a breeze. Clean your home thoroughly beforehand or have someone come in to clean so you don’t have to perform any lifting or sudden movements for a while. Make sure plenty of fresh laundry awaits so you don’t have to worry about that for a while.
If there are movies or TV shows you want to watch, books you would like to read or projects you want to complete, make plans and give yourself this downtime to enjoy them.
Recuperation periods vary by the procedure. Follow the doctor’s orders and do not stress yourself. Once you recover, a beautiful new you awaits.
Contact Dr. Landsman
To learn more about how to prepare beforehand for your particular procedure, schedule an in-office consultation with Dr. Landsman. Contact our Long Island practice so that we may answer all of your questions and address any concerns.