Some Common Anxieties Associated with Liposuction

Anxiety is a psychological state characterized by worry, panic, and/or nervousness. It is normal to suffer from some before and after liposuction related anxieties, especially when it affects your looks. Here, we  discuss some common anxieties associated with liposuction and the ways to control them. Let us begin with the pre-liposuction related anxiety scenario.

Pre-Procedure Anxieties of Liposuction

  • What will my partner, family or friends think? Because healthy liposuction makes small changes, they may not notice anything other than that you are looking very good! Some people might have comments about wasting money or being vain.  Tell them that looking and feeling your best is worth the money and effort, and don’t be discouraged.
  • When will post-liposuction swelling heal? People generally expect quick results from an aesthetic surgery. However, the swelling takes time to heal and accordingly, the results get delayed. This fact of long recovery period can trigger a patient’s anxiety associated with liposuction.
  • Several side effects of the liposuction surgery: The probable side effects of the surgery can add to a patient’s nervousness.
  • Will there be any permanent scar post surgery? The treatment may permanently leave large or small scars on a patient’s body. This may prove worrisome, especially for people who are self concious about their looks conscious.
  • Will the Surgery be Painful? The fact that an incision will be made into the skin might scare some patients.
  • What are the risks involved with the procedure? The surgery does involve certain risks. A patient would surely want to know the severity of the associated perils and the ways to minimize them.

Post-Procedure Anxiety of Liposuction:

  • Impatient and distressed During the Recovery Period: A patient may undergo depression after liposuction because of the anesthesia used or because of the after effects of the surgery such as scars.
  • Decision Dilemma: The liposuction and anxiety saga often continues after the operation as well. Until the results begin showing, a patient may continue to wonder if the decision to undergo the surgery was a right one. The patient needs to understand that plastic surgery does not deliver overnight results. It takes its time and patience is the key.
  • Expectations:  A patient may have misplaced expectations about the procedure. It is important to understand that the liposuction procedure just slightly tones a body area and is not a key to metamorphosis. Before the surgery, the surgeon should convey a realistic picture of the probable results to the patient.
  • Effects of Anesthesia and Medicines: Sometimes the anesthesia used during the surgery may have some post-surgery side effects such as restlessness. The medication may also adversely affect the feeling of well-being.
  • Feeling of Being a Patient: The patient may need complete bed rest for a few days after the surgery. This inability to live their regular life may adversely affect the patient’s psyche.
  • Digestive Problems: The post-surgery digestive issues may lead to a depressing feeling of illness and may catalyze a patient’s anxiety.
  • Surgery Related Psychological Stress: Undergoing any treatment stresses many people. The surgery part further intensifies the tension. The fear of needles, surgical instruments, hospital environment, pain, the sight of blood, and/or medication may further add to the panic. A pre-procedure detailed discussion with the doctor can considerably alleviate the patient.

Tips to Avoid Some Common Anxieties Associated with Liposuction

  • Realistic Expectations: The role of the doctor is most crucial here. The surgeon needs to ensure that the patient does not have any misplaced expectation from the surgery. Before liposuction, the doctor should clearly explain the likely results, the side effects, and the possible complications associated with it. This will help the patient understand that the surgery will not lead to any drastic change in the body contours and that there may be certain side effects.
  • Stay Cool: Confidence is often contagious in any medical treatment. If the surgeon and the attendants are relaxed, the patient is likely to feel more at ease. The friends and/or relatives accompanying the patient should not panic about the surgery. Try giving the treatment a normal perspective and not a hyped one.
  • Anesthesia Fear Alleviation: The surgeon should explain the complete anesthesia administration process well before liposuction. The patient should know the anesthesia to be employed, the specialist administering it, and the steps that will be taken to minimize the associated risks. The doctors should assure the patient about all the possible treatment safeguards they will follow. It is very important that an anesthesiologist administer the anesthesia. Apart from minimizing the risk, this will instill confidence in the patient before going in for the surgery.
  • Post Surgery Counseling: After the operation, the doctor should counsel the patient about how long the healing will take and the results show up. The patient should also be aware of the possible post-liposuction side effects such as swelling and soreness. Tumescent liposuction with local anesthesia causes less inflammation compared to other techniques. Paracetamol based drugs usually work fine here. This all will help the patient prepare mentally for the process.
  • High Quality Lifestyle: The patient must have a high quality lifestyle. Exercising regularly, eating a healthy diet, drinking loads of water daily, and keeping stress and anxiety  under control are important. This will help you heal well and the surgery results will last.
  • Drugs: In some extreme cases of patient anxiety pre-liposuction, the doctor may prescribe an anti-anxiety pill (called anxiolytics). Usually, the first dose is taken on the night before the surgery and the second one just before the surgery. Usually, these medicines are benzodiazepines – an anti-anxiety drug group that relaxes the body and induces sleep. Alprazolam, diazepam, flurazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, and triazolam are some medicines from the benzodiazepines class. The doctor must advise the patient against a high dosage or addiction to these drugs, as that may lead to a chain of health issues. The high dosage of benzodiazepines drugs may prove sedative and may even impair a person’s breathing. The patients must not indulge in self-medication and should only follow the doctor’s prescription.