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Dr. Adam Tattelbaum Discusses The Emotions of Plastic Surgery

( Dr. Adam Tattelbaum discusses the emotions that many patients experience pre and post plastic surgery procedures.
The decision to have plastic surgery is not usually a quick decision. Many patients have been considering having their desired procedure for years. The feelings surrounding plastic surgery are exciting and nerve wrecking. Each patient has to weigh the potential risks against the potential results before making the educated decision to have their surgery.

It is important for patients as well as their caregivers involved to know, regardless of the outcome, patients often experience temporary feelings of depression and some emotional vulnerability. This will not last forever. There are several reasons why plastic surgery causes some post operative sadness.

1. Are we ever satisfied?

We can always find something to be unsatisfied with or unhappy about. And when we fix one thing, it can shed more light on something else.

2. Physical limitations

During the initial recovery, patients are removed from their normal routine and this lack of socialization can be very isolating and more difficult for some patients to deal with than others. Laying around all day taking it easy is nice for a day or two, but it does nothing for your endorphins, especially if you’re use to an active lifestyle, regularly working out, having sex, etc.

3. Uncertainty

Patients may not know right away if they like their new face or body. Allowing for sufficient healing time pass before they can appreciate their results is required. But it’s hard to not overthink the results, especially when many patients spent a good deal of time before surgery staring in the mirror contemplating whether or not to have their surgery.

4. New lease on life can be overwhelming

Some people use an insecurity about their body, for years even, as a crutch to hold them back from living their life the way they desire. When their problem area is corrected, the patient may feel overwhelmed initially with their new face or body, even if it’s a successful result. For some patients after surgery, receiving positive attention from people who maybe never gave them attention before can be an adjustment and take some time getting used to.

5. Relationships need fixing too

Some people get plastic surgery to try to solve a relationship issue. This can leave a patient feeling empty and alone, realizing it wasn’t solely about their face or body.

6. Results are not guaranteed

Sometimes the outcome is not what the patient hoped for it to be. Accepting that and moving forward can be easier said than done. A revision may be an option but it is not always.

7. Backed up

Pain can be managed well with medication but pain medication can cause constipation. When you just aren’t feeling like yourself it can bring you down.

8. Others' opinions

People around you might judge you or change the way they treat you. Not everyone is happy and supportive of plastic surgery. Don’t share your surgery with people who you don’t trust. Even if you think you won’t care what they think.

9. Excitement is over

The high energy leading up to plastic surgery is totally consuming. After plastic surgery, patients come back down to normal. Some patients will miss the excitement, the attention and can experience “what now?” feelings. This can create a strong desire for more plastic surgery.

In summary, keeping perspective and a healthy attitude is important during recovery from plastic surgery. Definitely avoid searching for plastic surgery gone wrong images online, they will mess with your head and really depress you. Eat nutritious food to promote good healing and try to keep a positive mind. Many find reading motivational quotes to be uplifting and beneficial.

Dr. Tattelbaum is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He attended medical school at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City where he received Honors in his plastic surgical rotation. He was Chief Resident at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Tattelbaum completed his plastic surgery training at Georgetown University and Harvard University. He is currently a member of the clinical faculty at Georgetown, where he has taught. He is an attending physician at many regional hospitals.

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Company Name: AT Cosmetics Contact Person: Dr Adam Tattelbaum Email: Phone: 301-656-6398 City: Washington State: DC Country: United States Website:

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