It’s natural to experience some anxiety before a plastic surgery procedure. Although plastic surgery is very safe, it is still surgery. There are many potential causes for anxiety before cosmetic surgery. Some people don’t like hospitals. Others may be intimidated by the specific details of their procedure. Many people are just naturally anxious, which can be exacerbated by their upcoming surgery. As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I feel it is part of my duty to help my patients manage their pre-surgery concerns and anxieties. There are several things patients can do to help themselves relax prior to plastic surgery. Here are a few tips that have helped patients I have worked with over the years.

The first (and most important) step is to find an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon that you trust to perform your procedure. Working with a dependable plastic surgeon with considerable experience performing your specific procedure can go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. Learning more about your surgery and how it is performed can also help patients feel more in-control and optimistic about the outcome of their procedure. This is why pre-surgery education is one of the main components of my cosmetic surgery checklist. Lastly, practicing certain relaxation techniques like breathing exercises or meditation in the weeks before your procedure can be beneficial for some patients.

In the video below, I discuss how the Southern Plastic Surgery staff and I help our patients cope with their pre-surgery anxiety:

Pre-surgery anxiety can make the days and weeks leading up to your cosmetic procedure far more stressful than they need to be. Managing these concerns and maintaining a positive, optimistic outlook for your surgery is important for any patient trying to have the best-possible experience with plastic surgery. So, take a deep breath and make a point to bring up any specific concerns you have about your procedure during your consultation. For more information or to schedule a complimentary plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman, at Southern Plastic Surgery. And follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for more videos, news, photos, and tips.