isn't just a physical surgery - it is a very emotional experience which can
cause a great impact on your mind, both positively and negatively. Many
aspects of surgery can affect your emotions to the point of temporary
depression. We will cover these feelings of insecurity and
disappointment in the Recovery: What to Expect.
Preparation is an
important step because one can set themselves up for depression and shock if
they are not fully prepared. Take care to organize and gather your
senses and thoughts beforehand. Anesthesia and medications can truly
affect your outlook so please know this beforehand. Relaxation can
decrease your recovery time and help things progress more easily.
Of course you will have your
pre-operative jitters so just try to relax and truly if you trust, and I know
this is the difficult part, if you trust the surgeon performing your surgery
and let him do his job, everything will go along more smoothly. Getting
worked up about your surgery to a point of fright can lead to severe nervous
tension which interferes with the healing process. Just know that it is
normal to be excited and have that adrenaline rush from knowing you will have
an enhanced chin very soon!
You Can Do To Prepare
Knowing what you can do to help your mind ease its way into your surgery
can certainly help you both pre- and post-operatively. Below is what
you can do before surgery to help put things into perspective.
Go over and tell yourself that during the
healing phase you will be:
- ascertain that your surgeon is aware of
- ascertain all of your shopping (from
foods to gauze) is complete
- Have all of your medications in order or
prepare a place for them to be with your medication time chart
- talk any concerns over with your spouse
or family and reassure them why you want the surgery
- compare old photographs and go over
either on paper or in your head why you truly want the surgery
- possibly depressed
- Print out our
Emotions Reminder List to help you remember these things
- If you realize all of the above
beforehand there are no surprises. Write or print this out
pre-operatively because even though you know in your mind NOW that you
will feel this way - your mind changes and plays tricks on you
afterwards. Know this.
- Take a nice bath or hot shower
beforehand and wash your hair - and perhaps light some candles and
soak for a bit if you like. Of course you will have to rinse off in
the shower with antibacterial soap afterwards and be sure that there
are no oils, creams or perfumes on your body. Soaking is therapeutic
beforehand as long as you are clean as a whistle when you get out.
Even play some relaxing music while in the tub.
- Go get massage a few days before to help
you relax if you wish it.
- Do whatever it is that helps you
- Talk to your friends and if you want to
let them know, if you try hide it and they notice they may be hurt or
angry but remember of you don't want them to know - it is YOUR
prerogative. More than likely will know something is
- Remember that this doesn't have to be a
stressful time - even though it is difficult to trust, stressing and
worrying doesn't make anything better once you've committed and you
are determined to have your surgery. Remember that stress can
increase healing time and blood pressure can soar during this time.
Think of your health. Think of how you will look in the
following weeks after surgery!
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