Fear or terror is an emotion characterised by an intense, unpleasant feeling caused by the perception of danger. It occurs in all animals, including humans. Additionally, fear is related to anxiety.
This fear is a common feeling before a cosmetic surgery operation, mainly due to the lack of certainty that everything will turn out fine.
How can we overcome this stress or, at least, gain some of the confidence that everything will turn out as best as possible?
– Assure yourself that you are in safe hands and this is not only because your surgeon gives you safety and confidence, but also because they truly are qualified in Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery. Encroachment from other specialties is increasingly more frequent in cosmetic surgery, even from doctors who are not specialised in any kind of surgery.
– Get references from other patients who have had the same intervention with the same surgeon, as not all surgeons will know how to perform the interventions with the same trustworthiness.
– Try to get your surgeon to show you photos of similar cases to your own or, at least, of the same intervention that you are going to undergo and that has actually been performed by them.
– Forget the false feeling of security that local anaesthesia or sedation gives you, as, according to anaesthetists, the safest and most controlled way to perform an operation is under general anaesthesia. Although this depends on the complexity of the intervention, general anaesthesia is not necessary to remove a mole. There needs to be common sense. What cannot happen is performing a lift, liposuction and eyelid surgery all in the one intervention under local anaesthesia as this anaesthesia is neuro- and cardio-toxic at high doses.
– All the precautions possible should be taken before any surgical intervention, performing a blood analysis beforehand, an electrocardiogram and an x-ray of the thorax so that the anaesthetist can approve the intervention.
Bearing all this advice in mind, we cannot guarantee that everything will be perfect as this is not an exact science but the probabilities that everything will turn out as planned is quite high.
Dr. Javier Collado