Although you might be the one with the actual appointment, your family also needs to get prepared for your cosmetic surgery procedure. My patients who keep their families involved often have more support throughout the process, from consultation through recovery, which results in a more positive experience for everyone.
Having a support network is important, especially at times when you need a little extra help, like during surgery. While some procedures, like liposuction, are pretty minimal and may not require much downtime, others are a quite bit more involved, like breast augmentation. At my practice, we suggest that patients plan ahead of time to have help around the house for the first few days after a surgery: for meal planning and preparation, help with the kids or your pets, or just helping you get around if needed.
The other benefit to keeping friends and family informed of what to expect is that they won’t take it personally if you miss out on a function during recovery, or have to reschedule a work meeting. Letting them know ahead of time about your procedure and what they can expect can also help alleviate any doubts or concerns your loved ones may have about your surgery, especially small children who might be easily frightened and confused.
We all know the saying “it takes a village” in regards to raising children. Well, that’s true in more ways than one. Make the most out of your village, and accept the offers of help that come your way. Your friends and family want what’s best for you, and if you’ve decided that means cosmetic surgery, they’ll be happy to be involved from start to finish.