The Emotional Phases of Cosmetic Surgery

Choosing to change a physical aspect of yourself through surgery is a very personal and emotional thing. It is not unusual for a person considering cosmetic surgery to experience mixed feelings of excitement and jitters during consultation followed by panic and self-doubt after the procedure.

Depending on your procedure, it can take several months for you to see the final results, during which time you may experience a range of emotions. These feelings are completely normal and short-lived, but it helps to be prepared for the vacillating emotions associated with cosmetic surgery recovery.

Here are some of the emotional phases you can expect:

“What have I done?”

The first few days following cosmetic surgery are usually the hardest. This feeling of panic is likely to kick in 3 to 5 days after the procedure. During your first week of recovery, you are required to get plenty of rest. The lack of activity leaves you with a lot of time to ponder your actions and doubts.

“I don’t look like myself!”

As your body continues to heal in the second and third week of recovery, you will begin to see the results of the procedure. The changes to your former self will be more apparent, which may lead to conflicting feelings – especially if the transformation was drastic.

“Maybe this was a mistake!”

Once the changes become apparent, you may start to experience feelings of self-doubt for the next 2 to 3 months every time you look at yourself in the mirror. If the procedure was in preparation for a future event, such as a wedding or holiday, you might feel empty after the excitement and anticipation of the event passes.

I’m so glad I had the courage to get the procedure!

Most of the people who undergo cosmetic surgery are pleased and satisfied with the results and their new self. 3 to 6 months after the procedure, you will be in a position to realize the impact of the procedure, which will boost your confidence.

Feelings of panic after plastic surgery may last for a few days to several weeks, and are strongest when you’re least occupied. To prevent and manage your post-op stress, you should prepare appropriately before the procedure by:

  • Creating a strong support system with your spouse, sibling, parent, friend, or adult child who you can freely talk with about your anxieties and feelings
  • Setting up the essentials so you can rest with minimal distractions – healthy foods, books, magazines, clothes, TV remote, etc.
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions with regard to rest, medications, alcohol avoidance, nutrition, etc.

Lastly, different procedures have different healing processes. So, be patient and don’t rush any judgments until the final results show. If you experience any problems during your recovery, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon for assistance.

Meet Dr. Golshani

emotional phases cosmetic surgery Daniel Golshani, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board-certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon. He is one of a small number of plastic surgeons nationally who maintain active certification by both The American Board of Plastic Surgery The American Board of Surgery, and a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Dermal Fillers 101: Let’s Discuss the Basics

Difference between Botox® & Dermal Fillers.

Among the treatments available for eliminating facial wrinkles, fillers and injectables are perhaps the most common ones, but the two are very different, says Dr. Golshani. While injectables like Botox® and Dysport work by temporarily paralyzing active muscle, dermal fillers work by plumping the problem area to restore its volume and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Dermal fillers include Juvederm, Selphyl, Perlane, Restylane, and Radiesse, all of which can be used to re-contour the face and correct wrinkles by restoring plumpness to the cheeks, chin, lips, lower eyes, and other areas that have lost volume due to aging. These procedures can:

  • Soften fine lines and wrinkles
  • Enhance hollow areas of the face
  • Enhance the appearance of settled scars

How Do Dermal Fillers Work?

Fillers are administered by injecting the top layer of the skin with hyaluronic acid, or some other naturally-occurring substance in the body that plumps the tissue to create a soft, natural-looking outcome.

The procedure is painless, and the level of discomfort largely depends on the area being treated. Dermal fillers are typically prepared with lidocaine, which is numbing agent. Furthermore, a numbing agent can be applied to the treatment
area to manage pain.

For the highly sensitive areas such as the lips, the doctor can perform a nerve block, which is a minimally painful procedure that numbs the lips.

Dermal Fillers – The Procedure

Before the filler treatment, your doctor will evaluate your facial structure and skin tone to gain better understanding of the areas that need filling.

Then, the filler material will be injected into the designated areas. Topical numbing cream can be applied beforehand, though most patients find the pain manageable. The process takes between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the number of areas that need treatment.

No downtime is required after treatment with injectable fillers, though you can use an ice pack to reduce any swelling that occurs.

The duration of the dermal filler depends on the product used, though it typically lasts 6-12 months. You need more than one treatment.

Who is the Ideal Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

The ideal candidate for dermal fillers should be in good general health, a non-smoker, and be well informed about the outcome of the procedure. For instance, you should know of the wide selection of fillers available, and be aware that the results from dermal fillers are different from those of a facelift or forehead lift.

Dermal fillers are safe, with rare occurrence of allergic reactions or serious complications from the procedure. However it is important to consult with your doctor to identify if the filling injection treatment will address your concerns.

dr golshani plastic surgery blog Dr. Golshani offers a variety of dermal fillers in Beverly Hills, as well as Botox® and Dysport that are similar, but do offer differences. Looking for more information? Please call our office @ (310) 274-3481 & we’ll answer any questions or inquiries you may have. 🙂