“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Lao Tzu
When considering commencing your surgical journey the most important thing you need to identify is WHY you want surgery. This is a subjective question, and there are no right or wrong answers. It is important that you are confident in your decision and your reasoning before beginning your transformation.
Many common reasons for surgery include self-confidence, to be more appealing, discomfort or to regain your pre-baby body. Other reasons include pleasing someone else, shame, self-obsession or to be someone else. Identify what you want to achieve from your surgery as this will assist you during your consultation.
As part of the Australian Medical Board Guidelines, it is recommended you receive a referral from your regular GP and/or psychologist to ensure you are a suitable candidate for surgery. Should a body altering surgery not be in your best interest, or will not achieve your desired outcome, your surgeon may refer you for further counselling. Your journey ideally facilitates your confidence and quality of life.
All surgery comes with potential risks and complications. You need to acknowledge these and ensure your surgeon has the experience and expertise you require to manage any possible complications. This is an important reason why we want you to choose a Surgeon you can Trust.
Open communication with your surgeon will build a solid foundation of trust. If there is trust between patient and Surgeon, this will help you feel confident and reassured that you are in safe hands. Sharing your concerns with the clinic empowers you to understand you are not alone in this journey and will facilitate honest discussion. By addressing and acknowledging your concerns, the Surgeon will help you feel less anxious and more confident in the decisions you are making. Don't be afraid to share your fears with your surgeon &/or the practice team.
Talk with trusted family and friends regarding what you want out of your surgery so that you can explore expectations. If you have a desired look in mind, be sure to communicate this clearly with your surgeon. They will be able to discuss with you whether this is achievable and any other options you may have.
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn't try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn't need others' approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
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