Planning Your Surgery
Why People Choose to Have Cosmetic Surgery
We live in a competitive society where looking and feeling our best has a direct effect on how we interact in social and business settings.
Thanks to modern medicine, plastic surgery coupled with the fact that a baby boomer turns 50 every eight seconds has sparked a boom in plastic surgery. Interest in plastic surgery has doubled in the U.S. and Canada over the last years. Today’s generation has a new attitude, one that enjoys life through better nutrition, exercise and maintaining a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. It’s no wonder people turn to cosmetic procedures to improve their appearance. People today are socially active and remain in the workplace well into their sixties and sometimes seventies. Plastic surgery is safer than ever before and there is little discomfort and less downtime.
People from all walks of life are choosing to enhance their appearance for their own desire while others have cosmetic surgery to stay on the competitive edge in business and social settings.
In years past, a pulled or operated appearance was the result of plastic surgery. Today, cosmetic procedures result in a natural look, rested, more youthful appearance. Advancements in medicine and technology have improved the techniques in plastic surgery today. More than ever before, cosmetic surgery has become safer with improved recovery time and patient satisfaction.
Our goal at Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery is to restore a healthy, natural, youthful appearance to help you regain the self-image and confidence you deserve. And our commitment to you is to bring you the absolute best from our supportive staff, to our advanced skin care services & procedures, to our expert physician who delivers amazing results.
Having Plastic Surgery
More than ever before, people are turning to cosmetic surgery to freshen their appearance or correct a minor imperfection. The number of cosmetic procedures has more than tripled since 1998. This tremendous growth is expected to continue, but despite its popularity, cosmetic surgery is not for everyone.
The first step is deciding whether cosmetic surgery is for you. The decision to have cosmetic surgery is a very significant, personal and complex decision. Cosmetic surgery requires time away from work and play, financial cost, medical risk and even the possibility of disappointment for those with unrealistic expectations.
The second step is finding a qualified plastic surgeon and this in itself is a rather confusing undertaking. Unfortunately, many “non-plastic surgery trained” physicians have entered the arena of cosmetic surgery, intent to profit from the popularity of the “cash-up-front”, fee-for-service specialty. “How to Choose a Facial Plastic Surgeon” is a great resource in understanding board certification and plastic surgery specialties that are accredited by the American Medical Association.
The third step is the consultation with a qualified & experienced plastic surgeon. Have a checklist of questions to ask during the consultation. How long will the surgery take? Will there be a board-certified anesthesiologist? Are there overnight accommodations at the hospital? Are follow-up appointments included in the fee?
Preparing for Plastic Surgery
Preparing and planning for your surgery is similar to planning for a vacation. You’ll want to schedule time off from work & play and make appointments with your regular physicians for blood work and EKG (if deemed necessary by Dr. Burke Robinson). Make a trip to the grocery store and pharmacy at least a couple days before your procedure. You’ll want to stock up on cold beverages, yogurt, soup, saltines, ice compresses and don’t forget to fill the prescriptions to the pharmacy.
Dr. Burke Robinson or our team of Certified Medical Assistants will ask you to discontinue certain medications and vitamins, aspirin products, diet medications, smoking, Vitamin E and all herbal medications. This gives your body two weeks to prepare for surgery. In addition, Dr. Robinson will ask you to discontinue any alcohol consumption at least 3 or 4 days prior to surgery as it can increase bruising and bleeding.
To tell or not to tell is the question. If you are uncomfortable telling your friend and coworkers you are having cosmetic surgery, then you may want to tell them you are having reconstructive surgery or female surgery. You may want to get a new hairstyle and some new clothing to distract attention. People usually remark that you look more rested and often ask if you lost weight or had your hair done.
Plan for transportation the day of surgery and have a friend or family member stay with you during your first night at home. They can help with ice packs, medications and meals.
Review your post-operative instructions with your care-giver, family members and/or friends who will be assisting you during those first 24 to 72 hours. Leave these instructions, medications and supplies on your night stand or bathroom counter for convenience.
Expect to look worse before you look better. Nearly all cosmetic surgery procedures involve swelling and bruising which tends to increase the first two to three days. Keep your head elevated and apply ice packs to reduce swelling for the first few days. Dressings, sutures and surgical clamps are removed within the first week. It’s best to drink plenty of fluids, eat before taking medications, get plenty of rest and protect your investment from any physical strain.
Always discuss any remedies with your surgeon before taking them. You may get well-intended advice from friends regarding medications or tips to speed up your recovery. Some may have merit, some do not.
An excellent resource for helpful information is Post-Operative & Recovery. You’ll find this to be very helpful in knowing what to expect after surgery, what things to avoid after surgery and what things to do after plastic surgery.
You’re going to love your new look and you’ll want to protect your investment! Remember to use medical-grade skincare treatments and products recommended by Dr. Robinson and Heather Davis. It’s like buying an extended warranty on your purchase. Best advice is to consume little alcohol, refrain from smoking, and always use a sunblock that protects against both UVA & UVB sunrays.