Do you have the post-procedure blues?


You may have been dreaming of your plastic surgery procedure for years, and you finally had it done. So if this is what you wanted, why aren’t you happy?

Depression after surgery

Being depressed after a major surgery, such as a heart operation or surgery to remove something life-threatening such as a tumor, is actually quite common – it is a major disruption not only to the patient’s body but also to the patient’s nervous system and emotional health. Depression after a plastic surgery procedure is less common, but it does certainly happen.

So what can you do about those blues?

It may help just a bit to realize that what you are going through is not unusual. If you are about to undergo a plastic surgery procedure, here are some things you can do to help your emotional health:

• Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do. Before the procedure, your doctor will be able to give you an idea of what the final look will be – it is important to keep this in mind.

• Remember you’ll need time to heal. You may not be happy with how you look (which can make you wonder why you bothered having a plastic surgery procedure) simply because of the swelling and bruising that is a part of any surgery. Make sure to discuss this with your surgeon, too – what can you expect right after the procedure? How long will it take before the swelling goes down and you can see the final results?

• Take care of yourself. You need to take care of yourself after the procedure, both for your mental and physical health. Make sure that you eat properly, get lots of rest, and follow your doctor’s instructions.

• Ask for help. If you just aren’t feeling like yourself, let a friend know that you need some extra support.

Of course, if it’s been many years since your procedure and you have decided you truly aren’t happy with the results anymore, you do have options. Dr. Bogue is an expert at breast implant removal for patients who just aren’t happy with their implants. Call the office of David Bogue Plastic Surgery in Boca Raton, Florida, at 561-886-1000.

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