What to expect after surgery
You've had plastic surgery. Now what? Your surgery
is over, but you haven't completely recovered,
so you haven't faced "the public" yet.
Perhaps you haven't even looked critically in
the mirror. Now is a good time to think about
your expectations and feelings.
Most people like their new look. Cosmetic surgery
can boost confidence in your appearance. Many
patients feel mentally refreshed, too. It is also
common to need time to adjust to the new image
in the mirror. Even though we wanted changes,
at least what we saw each time was familiar.
You may wonder if your friends and family will
notice the change. Most people say that others
notice a difference, but can't say exactly what
it is. They may comment on your hair, ask if you've
had a vacation or say how well your clothing suits
Healing takes time, and everyone heals at a different
rate. We're very accustomed to instant results,
but be patient as your tissue and bone gradually
settle into their new positions. The results of
some procedures may be weeks or months away. Keep
reminding yourself that the complete result takes
In the meantime, take advantage of this chance
to improve other areas of your appearance. Have
you updated your hairstyle or make-up recently?
Some make-up artists recommend women change their
make-up every three to four years.
This is also a good time to renew your commitment
to sun protection and skin care. After surgery,
your skin is more vulnerable to sun damage, so
it's crucial to protect it. You may want to make
an appointment with a skin care professional from
Skin Care Program who can advise you on a
care regimen to maintain your new look.