SECOND QUARTER 2005, VOLUME 19, NO 2

Do Your homework, be prepared … all for the right reasons

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Ask the Surgeon / Health Tip / What’s New

Do your homework, be prepared… all for the right reasons

You are considering a procedure and you want to make sure that you are making the right decision. This is an important step that requires careful consideration, reflection, and open communication. There are actions that need to be done on your part as well as on the part of the physician so that together an optimal experience is accomplished.

Check motivation and expectations. Why are you considering this procedure now? Are you doing it for yourself or to appease someone else close to you? Cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is not a panacea. If you have expectations beyond what is possible, you are not a good candidate for a procedure. Be honest. Take the time to consider your facial features and what you really want as a result. If you are not doing it to feel better about yourself and to increase your confidence, then you shouldn’t be doing it.

Discuss aesthetic objectives. Is this procedure just one of many that you are planning? It is important to have open dialog regarding what you are looking to achieve. Your physician can present different options and create a realistic picture of the benefits and limitations of the treatment plan, so that you have reasonable expectations.

Do your homework. Be as knowledgeable about the procedure as you can. This will help you to ask the right questions.

Talk frankly about finances. Be upfront about what you can afford. This will factor into what viable options are right for you.

Be comfortable with the decisions made. Your physician’s job is to ensure that you have a complete understanding of your options and the treatment or surgery you decide to pursue. Your physician will provide detailed instructions on how to prepare for the treatment or surgery, any medications that are necessary, and what to expect during and after. You should feel free to contact your facial plastic surgeon at any time during this process if you have any concerns.

Follow instructions. Detailed instructions will be given to you pre- and post-operatively. You must follow them for an optimal procedure, recovery, and overall safety. This may include stopping certain medications (e.g., ibuprofen and aspirin), refraining from smoking at least two weeks before and two weeks after surgery (preferably quitting altogether), and staying out of the sun. Although many minimally invasive procedures have little down time, major surgeries require adequate rest and a support system at home.

Choose to have facial plastic and reconstructive surgery for the right reasons. Make sure you take the time to examine yourselfinside and outsideso you can adequately discern if this is the right decision for you. Your facial plastic surgeon and caring office staff are there to provide support and expertise.