5 feelings you should expect to have
In the words of one patient, “It’s not like buying new shoes; it’s your face. It’s a big decision.” She went on to say, “But now that I’ve had the lift and my eyes done, I’d do it again and, in fact, I wish I’d done it years ago.”
We hear these kinds of comments often. Facial cosmetic surgery is not something most people decide to do on the spur of the moment; many patients think about it for years. Women especially can talk themselves into and out of “having something done” time and time again. Consider yourself perfectly normal if you feel some or all of the following feelings.
5 feelings you can expect when considering cosmetic surgery
1) Expect to feel vain at even the thought of having cosmetic surgery.
Heaven forbid that we would do something for ourselves. We put everything and everyone else first in life –– kids, spouse, work, neighborhood, school and social obligations, volunteering, you name it. Then one day we get to the point where we say, “It’s my turn”. It’s not vain to want to be at your best and if cosmetic procedures help you get there, we say no excuses are needed to take next steps to facial rejuvenation.
2) Expect to feel anxious and nervous in advance.
This is entirely normal. Most everyone experiences anxiety to some degree when having any type of medical procedure performed. Just know that you will be entirely relaxed and feel no discomfort during your cosmetic procedure. And because leading cosmetic surgeons and face and neck specialists, such as Dr. Robert J. Smyth, use strictly local anesthesia, there’s no need to worry about the risks and longer recovery associated with general anesthesia.
3) Expect to worry about how you will look afterward.
Of course, you’ll worry about the results. We’ve all seen photos of Hollywood stars whose unending cosmetic procedures make them look strange and not at all like themselves. Not to worry. Before selecting a cosmetic surgeon to perform any type of cosmetic procedure or treatment on you, make sure the two of you agree as to what constitutes “natural looking” results. Ask questions. Look at photos of the surgeon’s actual patients (not models). Ask to talk to some of his or her patients. Go with your gut. If things don’t feel right or you feel rushed or you’re just not comfortable with moving ahead, take the time to visit other cosmetic surgeons and reassess your options.
4) Expect to care what family and friends will think if they learn you “had work done”.
It’s a bit crazy that as adults we still seek the approval of family and friends when making certain decisions, but we do. One patient got over her hesitation when she finally came to the conclusion that, “It’s my life and I don’t need permission to do what makes me happy.”
5) Expect to feel excited about the thought of looking in the mirror and liking what you see, feeling confident again in your looks, wanting to go out and enjoy life like you once did, and being an overall happier person.
This is the best feeling of all, and we hear it expressed in wonderful ways by our patients. Here are just a few examples of how patients feel after their cosmetic procedure:
“I can’t believe how much better I feel about myself since my cosmetic surgery procedure.”
“I lost my husband a few years ago and I’m finally ready to get back out and enjoy life again; thanks for giving me back the confidence to do so.”
“A guy can start to feel less competitive in the workplace as you get older, especially when many of your coworkers are a decade or more younger. With the lift and my eyes done, I feel back in the game.”
“I am so glad I had the Timeless Lift done before our daughter’s wedding. I love how I look in the photos and they’ll be around for generations!”
“People keep asking me why I look so good. I just tell them I’m exercising, eating healthy, and taking better care of myself. I also changed my hairstyle. My friends are so confused and I’m loving it!”
“I honestly feel like I just restarted my life!”
Bottom line, whatever you may be feeling, your feelings are justified. At Dr. Smyth’s office, we gladly take the time to listen to, understand and discuss your concerns, and to answer all of your questions.
We believe the goal should always be to talk about what’s bothering you and how we can help provide the refreshed, natural “younger you” look you want; not to talk you into something you don’t need.
To learn more about today’s exciting, minimally invasive cosmetic surgery options for turning back the clock, or to schedule your private, one-on-one complimentary consultation with Dr. Robert J. Smyth, call 513.201.8490. We’d love to meet you.