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Some advice before you start your treatment

Timing of surgery

Undergoing cosmetic surgery can be stressful, and surgery should not be planned during times of high activity or emotional upheaval. Your surgeon may have to ask some rather personal questions about your life in order to explore whether the timing is right for you. Patients who go into surgery feeling preoccupied or pressured by other matters may face a more difficult recovery.

Getting support

Find a friend or relative to accompany you through your journey as a patient. Choose someone who is supportive of your reasons for seeking cosmetic surgery. Rely on your support person or your surgeon to help you through the difficult times, and try to focus on the reasons why you have decided to have surgery in the first place.

If others in your life are not supportive of your reasons for seeking cosmetic surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons recommends you have a pre-prepared response such as “it is something I have had done for myself, and I am very happy with it, thank you”.

Adjusting to change

Minor changes is body self image, even welcome ones like those following cosmetic surgery, can take some getting used to, and you should prepare for a period whilst you learn to accept your new body image as your own.

Examine your motivation

If you are considering cosmetic surgery, you must be honest with yourself. Exactly why are you considering it? What are your goals for surgery and what do you expect surgery to do for you? Is it reasonable or likely that a change in your appearance will radically change your life?

Ensure you are not having surgery to please someone else. You surgery should be solely for your own benefit. Do not be influenced by others when you consider undergoing surgery.

When you consult your chosen surgeon, be honest with him or her about your motivations. Also, try to have realistic expectations and discuss these with your surgeon. No surgeon can guarantee perfect results, and you should be very wary of anyone who does.

Talking to your GP

If you feel that your concerns about your appearance result from anxiety you experience in social situations, or from problems with relationships, you might want to discuss this with your GP or another professional. You could also consider seeing a counsellor or psychologist.