The Mind-Body Connection

The decision to pursue plastic surgery is personal and the factors motivating each patient are different. Some are eager to correct a perceived flaw that has bothered them since childhood; others are anxious to restore their appearance after an injury, accident or prolonged illness. Pregnancy can be a big push (get it?) for many women to elect cosmetic surgery. 

Whatever the reason, it’s imperative that you prepare mentally before your surgery in order to support a smoother healing process. We have a few tips to help support the powerful mind-body connection before you head into surgery and during your recovery.

Mental Support Strategies, Pre-Surgery

Even the most excited plastic surgery candidate might feel apprehensive about the actual procedure and what life will look like as they recover at home. The following suggestions should help and remember, our team is always happy to answer any questions before and after your surgery. 

  1. Rally the Troops: In other words, give friends and family some advanced notice about your plastic surgery plans so that they can be on hand to help while you recover. 
  2. Ready the Homebase: Take the time to deal with (or delegate!) any household tasks ahead of time. Especially if this is your first experience with surgery of any kind, try to envision what you will want as you recuperate. Whether it’s certain creature comforts, a stack of favorite magazines or books, certain snacks, etc., stock the space with what you’ll need and want once you return home. Some patients like to stock a basket with everything from an extra phone charger, shawl, slippers, whatever they want, which can then be easily relocated from a bedroom to a comfy couch in the living room.
  3. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. We can’t say it enough; not only is proper hydration essential to a physical recovery, hydration supports mental health as well. Studies show that consistent water intake can have a calming effect, and even lessen feelings of anxiety and depression. 

For any additional questions, regarding plastic surgery prep and recuperation, please give our office a call at 603-518-5856 or email us at [email protected].


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