Riding an Emotional Rollercoaster Before & After Plastic Surgery?
You’ve been waiting a long time for your facial plastic surgery procedure. Now, the day is almost here — and suddenly, you are feeling a rollercoaster of emotions. Is this your gut telling you the right decision is to back out?
Not necessarily. If you know the procedure will help you achieve your goals and you’ve thoroughly vetted your surgeon, these feelings are less likely to be your intuition screaming and more likely to be the typical plastic surgery emotional effects.
Wait, Shouldn’t My Emotions Be Positive?
In the long run, yes, you should love your results. Your facial plastic surgery should leave you feeling more confident, and this translates into all sorts of emotional benefits: reduced social anxiety, less anxiety and greater life satisfaction. But leading up to your surgery and in the first weeks after, it’s normal to experience plastic surgery blues.
Why Is This Normal?
Plastic surgery is incredibly safe, but it isn’t without its risks. Also, there is a visceral reaction to the idea of any surgery; you are signing up to have your body altered, and that comes with incisions, sutures and other things that simply aren’t pleasant. Anxiety leading up to the procedure is a logical response, not a sign that something isn’t right.
As for after surgery, there are a lot of factors that can leave you feeling a bit down. Many people experience this from anesthesia alone. There is also the stress response your body has in reaction to what it perceives as injuries, the fact that you won’t see amazing results right away and even feeling bummed that your mobility is limited at first.
The good news is that all of this should resolve as you get further into your recovery. If you are curious about the recovery timeline as it pertains to plastic surgery emotional effects, schedule a consultation with Dr. Pugao. Call the office at 575-521-7111 or fill out the contact form.