A recent study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery revealed patients are mostly concerned about results, cost, recovery, pain and scars. Tackle your uneasiness head on through education and communication with your facial plastic surgeon.

Results

How can you make sure that you are going to get the results you expect? At your first appointment, discuss your apprehensions and expectations, ask questions, talk about your options and decide together on your treatment plan. Your facial plastic surgeon will provide you with a thorough explanation and may share before and after photographs of patients that have had similar procedures. Make sure you understand the process and are comfortable with the proposed outcome. You can optimize your results by following all of your surgeon’s pre and postoperative instructions to ensure success.

Cost

Talk frankly about finances and be upfront about what you can afford. This will factor into what viable options are right for you. Additionally, your facial plastic surgeon can direct you to third-party financing options.

Recovery

Minimally invasive procedures have little to no downtime so recovery is quick. If you are having a major procedure, your surgeon will tell you what to expect during the recuperation process. In order for a smooth postoperative period, start making changes today. Quit smoking. Eat healthfully and try to get 30 minutes of exercise each day; this will boost your immune system and help your body heal faster. Establish a strong support system and accept their help (i.e., meals, cleaning, trash pickup).

Prepare your recovery space with snacks, water, cell charger, computer, television and bathroom. Do not be too quick to judge your results; healing and final results take time.

Pain

The type of treatment or procedure will dictate how much discomfort you may feel. Pain management is a major priority for your surgeon and all efforts will be made to ensure you feel at ease during and after a treatment. Your surgeon may recommend relaxation techniques (e.g., breathing exercises, visualization, aromatherapy, listening to music0. Post-surgery, it is important to keep pain under control so your body can rest, restore and heal.

Scars

Whether you have stitches, sutures, glue or adhesive strips, take action to help the surgery site or wound heal properly and minimize scarring. Most important is following your surgeon’s postoperative instructions. Recommendations may include avoiding strenuous activity that would put pressure on the wound, preventing scab buildup, minimizing sun exposure to avoid discoloration of the area, resting so your body can focus on healing and applying only prescribed ointments.

Don’t let your concerns derail you from a new, rejuvenated you. Make your consultation appointment today to talk to your facial plastic surgeon about your options.