As a society, we have a tendency to want the things we want right now. We have gotten so used to having everything at our fingertips that we don’t like to wait. Once you make a decision, you want to act on it immediately. However, you should not rush into plastic surgery. A successful procedure requires early planning to determine when the right time for the surgery might be. Here are some tips to help you plan.
Research Plastic Surgeons
You may have been referred to a plastic surgeon by a friend or family member, but most of the time you won’t know very much about plastic surgeons without research. Allow yourself some time to Google different plastic surgeons in the area. Look at reviews and their online reputation and presence. You may also want to call them with a few questions before making your decision.
Even after you find a plastic surgeon, it can take up to six weeks to get in for a consultation. Plastic surgeons can be very busy, and their scheduling may not match up to yours quickly.
Planning for Your Surgery Day
When you have your surgery, you will need someone to drive you to and from the hospital, as well as stay with you for the first 24 hours after you get home. If you don’t have someone available to provide this service in your household, you’ll have to arrange for friends or family to come help you. This requires planning far in advance so that time off work and travel can be arranged.
Planning for Recovery
Your actual recovery period will depend on the type of plastic surgery procedure you have done. For most procedures you will need to take it easy for one to two weeks before resuming normal light activity, such as housework. Your photo-ready results can take weeks or months, but you will be able to get back to activities sooner. If you don’t have someone in your home to help pick up the slack on household chores, you’ll probably need to arrange to have someone stay with you for the first week or two.
If you have any other questions about what you need to plan for before your surgery, we are always here to answer your questions. Contact us today for more information.