Five Ways To Avoid Post Surgery Depression
Most people feel a certain amount of trepidation before going into ‘traditional’ surgery. After all, you are about to be rendered unconscious by a highly paid stranger and once everything is totally out of your control, a relative stranger is going to put holes in you with a very sharp knife.
With cosmetic surgery this trepidation is often masked by feelings of excitement over how self-confident the patient is going to feel with their new self and proper depression preventatives haven’t been put in place.
Why does depression happen? A number of reasons. The medication can disagree with you; you are bruised and swollen and a glance in the mirror may reveal a car accident victim rather than the new self-confident go-getter you imagined. In short, you feel utterly wretched.
However, all of this is very short lived. Here are a few hints to get you through your convalescence.
- Surround yourself with a strong support group. Family, friends and spouse to pander to your every need and to tell you you’re going to look amazing.
- Heed your doctor’s instructions. You trusted him or her with the knife now do the same with the recovery.
- Processed food and alcohol cause dehydration. You’ve already got enough to worry about. Stick to three healthy light meals and drink plenty of water.
- Put everything within easy reach. You’re not going to run a marathon for a bit, so lie back with the TV remote, a stack of DVDs and books and make sure you don’t have to walk a country mile to go for a wee.
- Rest. That’s it. Body and mind.
Above all else, talk to your surgeon about what you can expect. There is no such thing as a stupid question and our skilled staff here at The Cosmetic Institute offer compassionate and informative pre-operative information to mentally prepare you for the new you. Don’t be afraid to ask. Inquire today about how you can look your best in 2013.
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