Oddly enough, but after plastic surgery instead of the expected satisfaction and happiness, many often experience depression. Firstly, a depressed state is caused by rather painful sensations in the body. Secondly, the appearance also does not please the patient during the recovery period: swollen face, bruises, hematomas.

Plastic surgeons call this condition “third day blues”, because it is on the third day that a person begins to feel sick, unhappy and think: “Why do I need all this?”, “What was I thinking about ( a)? How to deal with depression after plastic surgery, tell estet-portal.com.

Depression after plastic surgery – frequent

Deciding to plastic surgery is not easy – the very process of weighing all the pros and "against" takes a lot of time and drives the patient into stress. Rehabilitation period – another time period that the patient needs to experience in order to see the effect of the operation performed.

Depression after plastic surgery – common, especially in patients prone to depression.

People who are prone to depression and other psychological problems are more likely to suffer from depression after plastic surgery. However, even the most cheerful patients suddenly fall into a depressive state, from which, of course, there is a way out.

Below estet-portal.com will review:

  • the role of the doctor in the prevention of postoperative depression;
  • how to deal with postoperative depression.

The role of the doctor in the prevention of postoperative depression

The first thing a plastic surgeon should do to minimize the risk of postoperative depression, – pay attention to the patient's state of mind. An unstable mental state is a contraindication for plastic surgery.

Second: it is necessary to explain to the patient in as much detail as possible how long the rehabilitation period will be and what side effects will be observed  after operation. For example, the patient should be prepared for swelling of the face, the presence of bruising or scarring.

The patient must describe the desired results of the operation to the doctor as accurately as possible, and the task of the surgeon is to determine the appropriateness of the operation and minimize the recovery period.

The third thing a doctor should do, – describe as realistically as possible the potential outcomes of surgery. To do this, you can use the methods of 3D modeling of the results of plastic surgery.

As for the patient, he must state his wishes, requirements and vision of the final result as accurately as possible, since in some cases plastic surgery can be avoided (for example, by resorting to injection or hardware methods of facial rejuvenation), as well as a long rehabilitation period.

The task of the surgeon in this case is to competently determine the appropriateness of the operation or to select the appropriate technique for performing the operation, which will be the least traumatic.

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How to cope with depression after plastic surgery – advice from psychologists

To prevent depression after plastic surgery, psychologists recommend the following:

  1. Communicate more with relatives and friends who were aware of your goals and desires regarding plastic surgery. You will be able to share your feelings and emotions with them, and they, in turn, — support, soothe, distract.
  2. Don't rush to conclusions and don't scrutinize yourself in the mirror. After all, the recovery period can last up to 3 months. So don't panic, your new breasts will expand and your skin will tighten as you adapt to your new you.
  3. Practice occupational therapy. There is nothing better than labor therapy. Start cleaning your house. After all, diligent cleaning will distract you from your appearance, you will also be able to get rid of unnecessary things, and, having put everything on the shelves in the closet, you will symbolically put everything on the shelves in your head. But do not overexert yourself too much, because strong physical exertion can delay the rehabilitation period.
  4. Fill your home with scents. The aroma of lavender will soothe, relieve tension, citrus fruits – improve mood and invigorate.
  5. Do facial exercises. It accelerates rehabilitation by stimulating the blood circulation of the face. Read more about this in the article Facial exercises after plastic surgery.
  6. Make plans for the future. It is important to remember that you now have an attractive, slim figure that can contribute to achievement and happiness, but not everything depends on them. You need to make your own efforts. Now, during the rehabilitation period, you have time to draw up a plan of your actions for the year, with precise descriptions of the goals, your actions and the dates for their implementation. 

Remember that depression after plastic surgery will go away as soon as you feel better physically. But if your mood does not improve, anxiety and dissatisfaction increase, estet-portal.com recommends seeking help from a psychologist.

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