Post-operative Emotions Checklist - YTF Cosmetic Surgery Network
This is for me to remember that feelings of sadness post-operatively are normal. I realize that this does not happen to all people but the few that it does happen to may include me. I know that I need to be patient and think positive as it promotes better healing and relaxation. I know that I need to wait out my healing period before I pass judgment and follow my surgeon's instructions to increase my chances of a great result. I do know that stress and anxiety can only make matters worse and I will try my best to not let it affect me.
- I will be:
- possibly depressed
- unable to sleep at times
- During my recovery treatment area may:
- be asymmetrical
- be crooked
- be bruised
- be tender to the touch
- experience sharp pains or numbness
- be firm or hard
- break out with acne
- experience irritation from the tape or anesthetic
I also realize that even the daily subtle changes or flaws that I may see in the mirror may not be visible to others as I am my own worst critic. I do realize once I heal my changes can be seen with the help of before and after photos and if I do not like the end result after I am healed many months from now I can always approach my surgeon regarding my dissatisfaction.
I know must not take out my insecurities or anger on my significant other, family or friends but I sometimes cannot help it and need to vent my frustration or sadness. I know I need to keep my chin up and let my body and mind heal because surgery is invasive and can trigger many emotions. I know that I can always get support from my loved ones and friends, be they "in the flesh" or online.
I know this state of disarray and being unsure is only temporary. Today I will smile and remain patient because tomorrow will be another day and will bring me one day closer to being fully healed.
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