When an informed patient makes the decision to choose surgery, it is usually after weighing the pros and cons of a procedure. Yet even after the benefits have triumphed over possible drawbacks in our minds, sometimes it’s hard to completely let go of all doubts.
That is why preparing for surgery mentally and emotionally is a key part of the process. Below, experienced San Diego plastic surgeon Dr. Carlos Chacon offers suggestions on the best ways to ease anxiety as the day of surgery approaches.
Facts Over Fear
Common fears about plastic surgery often center on the potential for a disappointing outcome. Such failures are typically the result of a patient and doctor going too far, seeking an unrealistic transformation when a moderate approach is the best choice. Plastic surgery performed by a gifted surgeon should enhance your appearance, not remake your identity.
The best prescription for calming nerves is knowledge. Keeping yourself informed is an important aspect of preparing yourself for surgery. Learning as much as you can about your procedure, and asking your doctor questions, reduces apprehension and breeds reassurance. Dr. Chacon takes the time to answer every question a patient may have, providing a thorough understanding of how the procedure will be performed and the results that may be expected.
Pain and Scarring
Some plastic surgery fears are more specific. For example, issues of pain and possible scarring are top concerns. Dr. Chacon is skilled at minimizing scarring, precisely placing each incision and consulting with you well in advance of a procedure to understand your preferences.
In breast augmentation procedures, for example, there are a variety of ways an implant can be inserted under the muscle and skin, and each requires its own unique type of incision. With tummy tuck, the incision can be made low on the abdomen, below the bikini line for women.
Pain management is a key element of all surgeries performed at Divino Plastic Surgery. In the past decade there have been incredible advances in anesthetic techniques, and our practice offers all the latest options. Minor procedures may require only localized numbing. For more complex procedures, you will typically be given a sedative when you arrive for your surgery, and later a stronger pain management medication through an IV.
Controlling the pain doesn’t stop with the completion of the surgical procedure. You will receive additional medication through the IV.
To learn more about plastic surgery preparation, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Carlos Chacon at his San Diego-area office in Bonita by contacting Divino Plastic Surgery today.