A: One of the most important purposes of a first consultation is to fact-find. The Dr will also work to decrease any anxiety by helping a patient learn as much as possible about the surgery they are contemplating.
A: From the initial consultation you should find out whether you are a suitable candidate for the procedure that you are seeking, at this time in your life, How realistic your expectations are, What you can anticipate in terms of time, pain, inconvenience, complications and cost.
A: In cosmetic surgery the margins of error are so narrow and the demands of the patient so great, the practice of this speciality is one of the most difficult in the surgical world. The successful cosmetic surgeon must exercise careful planning, precise incisions, meticulous suturing (stitching) and have an excellent artistic eye.
A: You will feel no pain during any operation and will probably not remember the surgery at all. Cosmetic surgery does have a significant advantage over most operations, in that most patients begin in good health and feeling positive.
A: When looking at photos of a surgeon’s previous work, remember that human tissue differs from person to person. The results achieved in one patient cannot always be duplicated in another but the Dr will be able to advise on an anticipated outcome.
A: It is possible that the surgeon will not recommend surgery, for reasons such as uncontrollable diabetes, hypertension or serious illness; or that in his opinion the deformity is too minor and not worth the risk or cost of surgery for such a tiny improvement.
A: Occasionally, an objectively successful cosmetic operation fails to satisfy a patient. There are people who have over-optimistic expectations of the physical results. To have cosmetic surgery to please someone else invariably causes problems. We would recommend you only undertake a procedure if you are 100% sure you want it.
A: Swelling is the most difficult thing to conceal after surgery, but highlighting and shading can be used to create dimension or add detail that has temporarily been lost. All this extra care will be worthwhile when the swelling and discoloration have gone down and everybody comments on how well you’re now looking. Then you can look in the mirror and fully appreciate the results of your cosmetic surgery.
A:. When applying camouflage makeup, an opaque cream is the best, try finding one which blends with your natural skin colours. As the bruising starts to fade and you no longer need an opaque cream as a concealer, try using a foundation with a lavender tint to correct any shallowness, or a yellow-green to cover redness or blotches.
Generally speaking, you can start using makeup 24 hours after stiches have been removed, as long as the incision is completely closed.
A: Healing of tissue is affected by several factors, some of which are beyond the surgeon’s control. The same operation that produces a fine scar in one person may result in a raised, depressed or widened scar in another. Certain areas of the body, such as the back, chest and front surface of the upper arm, often produce a wide scar no matter how carefully the wound is closed. In many cases the cosmetic surgeon can use special techniques to restore or re-arrange disfiguring scars to make them less noticeable.
Like all surgery, cosmetic surgery, including chemopeel, dermabrasion and laser therapy, is not entirely free of complications, although these are rare. It is important that you follow all instructions before, during and after the operation, in order to encourage optimum healing.
A: Scarring is nature’s way of healing, and scar tissue, the body’s natural end-point to the healing process, is crucial to cosmetic surgery. It is impossible to totally avoid it, but part of the skill of cosmetic surgery is to minimise visible, long-term scarring. You should be aware that complete healing for most scars takes at least six to eight months and in some cases over a year or two.
A: Emotional support from your surgeon, nursing staff, family and friends is very important following surgery. You need reassurance from all of these people, as looking in a mirror may only show bandages, plasters, splints, swelling or bruising. Lack of support and failure to understand your needs – or continued disapproval by anyone who opposed your surgery – are certain to cause you severe emotional upset. Try to only see people who are positive and supportive of your decision and whose opinions you trust – and avoid people who you know will give you a negative response.
A: It is not uncommon for people to experience some temporary anxiety or depression. Depression sometimes develops after two or three days as a result of such factors as the uncertainty of the surgery, your own personality or the attitudes of other people you come into contact with during this period.
A: There is no way of telling before surgery how the operation will affect you emotionally, especially in the early post-operative period. You may have no problems at all and cope very well with the healing process.