The holidays have a reputation for being a busy time of the year. You might find yourself running from party to party or rushing to get your shopping and cooking completed in time. Although the leadup to the holiday season can be busy, there’s often a lull during the last week of the year.
The quietness during the final week of the year can be the ideal time to reflect on the past 12 months and to start to plan ahead for the future. Although you might not have time to schedule plastic surgery during that last week, it can be the perfect time to start planning a procedure for the coming months.
Use the peace and quiet of the holiday season to start putting together a plan for plastic surgery. Here’s what you can do to prepare.
Think About Your Goals
One of the first things to do when planning plastic surgery is to consider your goals. What do you hope to get from your procedure and what area would you like to improve?
For example, there are multiple facial plastic surgery procedures that help to minimize signs of facial aging and tighten the skin. But each procedure focuses on a different area. For example, a facelift focuses on reducing sagging on the lower portion of the face, including the chin and neck. Meanwhile, a neck lift specifically targets the neck and a midface lift focuses on elevating the cheeks and restoring fullness to the middle of the face.
Another thing to consider when thinking about your goals is how long you want the results to last. In some cases, a non-surgical option, such as an injectable filler or Botox, might be a better fit for you than surgery. But the results from a non-surgical treatment won’t last nearly as long as the results from surgery.
Part of planning for plastic surgery involves finding out about the surgeons who perform various procedures. There are multiple considerations when you’re researching surgeons. First of all, you want to find a doctor who specializes in the type of surgery you want. If you’re considering rhinoplasty, your best bet is to connect with a surgeon who has plenty of rhinoplasty experience under their belt. It’s also key to find a surgeon who performs the specific type of rhinoplasty you want, such as revision rhinoplasty or ethnic rhinoplasty.
The surgeon’s credentials are another thing to confirm. Ideally, you’ll work with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
It’s also a good idea to meet and greet a surgeon before you decide that they are the person to help you acheive your aesthetic goals. A consultation gives you a chance to get a sense of the surgeon’s bedside manner. It’s also an opportunity for the doctor to answer any questions you have and to help you decide if the surgery you’re considering is really the right one for you.
Understand the Time Commitment
How long do you really need for plastic surgery? The answer might surprise you. While the surgery itself might only take a few hours, there is likely to be some prep time before it and some recovery time afterward. Depending on the surgery, that recovery time can be anywhere from a week to more than a month. It’s also worth noting that you might need a week or two for the initial recovery and that you might need to avoid certain activities or habits for several weeks beyond that point.
Put Together a Plan for Recovery
Speaking of recovery, it’s a good idea to have a plan for it, especially if you’ll be “out of a commission” for a week or more. If you need to request time off from work, give yourself ample time to do so and to have your request approved by HR (if needed).
It’s a good idea to make life as easy as possible while you recuperate from plastic surgery. Arrange for a babysitter for the kids well in advance. If you have pets, you might want to look into hiring a pet sitter or having them stay at a kennel or care center while you recover.
It’s also worthwhile to plan and prep meals in advance so that you aren’t stuck ordering takeout every night. Preparing a few healthy meals in advance can also help ease the recovery process, as you’ll be sure to get the nutrients you need for a quick recovery.
The holidays can be the perfect time to start planning for plastic surgery. In West Palm Beach, Florida, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Schwartz is available to answer any questions you have about facial plastic surgery and to help you get the planning process underway. To learn more, call 561-655-5562 to schedule a consultation today.