Anxiety and Plastic Surgery

When you are going to have plastic surgery, or any surgery for that matter, it is quite normal to be a little fearful or anxious.  It is a sign of understanding that the procedure always has some degree of risk.  Some patients, however, have true anxiety disorders, and their management around the time of surgery is very important.

Like high blood pressure or thyroid disease, having an anxiety disorder doesn’t necessarily exclude you from having an elective esthetic operation.  Similarly, it needs to be controlled as any other medical condition.  Untreated, it can lead to a higher risk of complications, but if well controlled, the chances are minimized.

The issue is that some patients feel like it is not a real problem, and do not take the appropriate medications or treatment, and can even have a feeling of stigmatization.  This is where the problems begin.

Do not be embarrassed to share any mental health issues with your plastic surgeon, as they are not your fault.  Let your surgeon know, so that he can assure that the presurgery and postsurgery periods are as smooth as possible, and the appropriate treatment can be given.

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