Ways to Calm Your Nerves Before Surgery

Written by Dr. Sean Maguire on February 10, 2020

Calming nerves before surgery

You’ve done your research, chosen your procedure, and shared your dreams with your doctor. Now the important date is moving closer on the calendar: the day of your surgery.

You may have cleared your work schedule, filled your prescriptions and arranged for your ride home. But there’s another key piece you’ll want to address: readying your emotions for the procedure itself, as well as the days or week of recovery. Below, trusted Louisville plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Maguire of the Physician’s Center for Beauty offers practical advice on how you can calm nerves and manage expectations as you prepare for the premiere of your exciting new look.

Communication Enhances Comfort

You may already have your worries and expectations under control, or you may be a natural procrastinator who is good at putting things out of mind. Many patients do worry about how they’ll feel during the surgery or recovery, however, and whether their vision of a youthful, rejuvenated look will match the final result.

The best prescription for soothing nerves involves two potent anxiety-relievers: conversation and knowledge. Dr. Maguire can help with both. He makes time to answer every question a patient may have, providing a thorough understanding of how the procedure will be performed and the results you may expect.

By sharing your hopes and expectations with Dr. Maguire in a personal consultation, you can gain reassurance that you and your medical team are on the same page. Dr. Maguire also makes sure you are well-supplied with informational resources that will guide you in making decisions about your surgery and recovery.

Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge is the other key component of a worry-free surgical experience. Taking the time to research your procedure, review your surgeon’s background and browse through before-and-after albums can replace apprehension with understanding. Asking about board certification, training and professional achievements can confirm for you that you’ve made the right choice in selecting a world-class surgeon.

Patients of Louisville plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Maguire of the Physician’s Center for Beauty can be confident that no matter which surgical option is selected, he has performed hundreds of similar procedures with extraordinary results.

See the Future

Other methods of preparing for surgery depend on a patient’s personality. Some like to soothe anxieties by keeping busy, preparing for the recovery period by buying groceries, planning favorite movies to watch, and letting friends and family know they would enjoy some company as the body heals.

For many patients, relaxation techniques work well. Calming music, yoga, long walks and imagining the exciting new things you plan to do after recovery, will put your mind at ease. Picture the new you in the mirror, and imagine the people you’ll meet and the adventures you’ll enjoy with your new look — and greatly enhanced self-confidence.

For more tips on preparing for surgery, or to review the full range of rejuvenating procedures offered by Dr. Maguire, we invite you to contact the Physician’s Center for Beauty, at your convenience.

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