Essential Things to Know Before Undergoing a Cosmetic Surgery?
If you have decided to undergo a cosmetic surgery for any reason, it is important for you to collect information before, during and after the procedure along with the results which can be expected. Cosmetic surgery can change a number of physical characteristics with the exception of a few. You are likely to be satisfied with the results if you remain realistic with your expectations.
What Should You Know Before the surgery?
During your first meeting with the surgeon, you will be provided information about how cosmetic surgery can change your features and the results that can be expected. This will be an opportune moment for you to explain your expectations with the procedure. You will be in a position to make a better decision if you understand the options and results which can be expected from the cosmetic surgery procedure.
Information about specific procedures will also be provided to you along with the risks, benefits and possible complications. Additional procedures to enhance the overall result may also be recommended by the surgeon. Explanations will also be provided by the surgeon about how changing one part of the body may affect the overall appearance along with any other information which may be necessary.
A Review Of Cosmetic Surgery With the Nurse
The nurse working with the surgeon will review your general health condition and the kind of medications you are currently using which could include aspirin, vitamin E and any over-the-counter medications or supplements. Lifestyle issues such as smoking and alcohol consumption will also be taken into account.
The nurse will also provide information about what you can expect after the surgery including details related to pain, diet, activity, medications and work restrictions. Information about the need to arrange for transportation for the journey back home after the surgery will also be given to you. You can minimize the risks of complications after the surgery if you decide to listen to the instructions from the surgeon and the healthcare team.
Form Of Consent
In almost ever case, you will have to sign a consent form for the surgeon to take photographs before and after the cosmetic surgery. The photographs will serve as a guide for the surgeon during the procedure and will be maintained as part of your medical record.
Estimating The Costs
The business office of the cosmetic surgeon will provide you with a written estimated cost of cosmetic surgery. Insurance companies are generally not covering the procedures of cosmetic surgery and therefore you need to make the payment to the healthcare facility before the procedure.
You will be scheduled for a preoperative examination for an assessment of your general health condition before the procedure is conducted.
During The Procedure Of Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery procedures which require general anesthesia, are usually performed in a hospital under the guidance of an anesthesiologist. Outpatient settings or the physician’s office is only used for smaller procedures which may require local anesthesia and may include fillers or injections. Before the procedure, you will have another discussion with the surgeon to answer any questions as required by the healthcare team.
After The Procedure of Cosmetic Surgery
You will be given instructions for post-surgical care pertaining to the kind of procedure you have undergone. Prescriptions and instructions for the medication for pain and antibiotics, will also be provided along with telephone numbers to call for any questions you may have in mind.
You could be alarmed by the swelling and bruising which will follow after cosmetic surgery and the time it takes for the bruising to subside. The bruising may last for three weeks or more and the swelling may remain with you even longer. You must, however, understand the importance to have realistic expectations and must not aim for perfection. The object of cosmetic surgery is just improvement of your appearance.
The bruising and swelling which you experience are temporary and are likely to disappear in some time. However, any possible, surgery-related scars will remain with you. The recovery time after cosmetic surgery can be anything between 6 to 12 weeks depending on the type of procedure you have had. Follow-up surgeries may also be required to achieve the objectives you have in mind.
Opting for cosmetic surgery is not the same as visiting the physician’s office for a regular checkup and will require quite a bit of preparation from you. Therefore you are advised to keep the points mentioned in this article in mind before you consider the option for yourself.
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