As a plastic surgery coach, I work with my clients throughout their plastic surgery journey. This not only includes, providing support, education and surgeon referrals; it also includes coaching my clients about the importance of preparation for their procedure and post-operative care.
All too often surgeons say, “You’ll be feeling fine in a few days.” or they do not arrange, or suggest proper post-surgery care for their patients. Every person has a different surgical experience. Genetics, age, physical and mental health all have a role in your recovery process.
At the age of 58 I had a facelift. I thought I was in good health and knew a lot about recovery. My surgeon said I would be feeling good in a few days; no worries the surgery is easy. I was not prepared for my recovery. Within the first 24 hours after surgery, I had excess bleeding, making me extremely anxious. My nurse was just as anxious about the bleeding, which only made things worse. My husband then took care of me and that was a big mistake. He could not even look at me, let alone care for me. Unfortunately, I did not have a coach by side, to prep and support me throughout my recovery. My body was tired and I did not feel well for six weeks, which was a lot longer than I had anticipated.
Feeling confident that you have done everything necessary for a great surgical outcome, will give you peace of mind.
Michele Garber is an independent plastic surgery coach, host and producer of The NipTuck Talk Show. She frequently lectures at medical meetings on Patient Safety.
For more information and to download her E-book on Safe Plastic Surgery please visit www.niptuckcoach.com.
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