Before you get any bright ideas….
Before you even have the surgery, it’s important that you make sure you are completely honest with your surgeon about what you want. Being shy or embarrassed will cost you later if you don’t speak up. It’s like going to the hairdressers, asking for some subtle highlights and coming out looking like Gwen Stefani. The only difference is you can’t wash out a facelift.
Once you’ve made the commitment to have facelift surgery, make sure you’ve also made plans for your social and working life. Don’t start thinking you can quite happily go partying the day after surgery because you can’t. Ensure you’ve booked time off from work and give yourself an extra couple of days longer than the surgeon recommends. Even if you feel better by the allocated time frame, having a few more days will allow you some time to go out and about and get used to your new face.
No pain, no gain
If you’re expecting to come round from surgery feeling like you’ve had a refreshing nap, think again. You are set for a thrill-ride of emotion as the anaesthetic wears off and the pain begins to kick in. Remember the surgery that you’ve just undergone and the pain will start to feel justifiable. Before the surgery, write down a list of why you’re having it done and what you expect to feel once it’s all over and you’re completely healed. Look at the list when the pain is unbearable and it won’t seem as bad.
Make sure you have someone with you, at least for the first couple of days after surgery. The company will be reassuring as well as useful.
Bathe in compliments
The pain won’t last forever. In the same way that white slouch socks over black leggings faded into oblivion in the ’90s, so too will the memory of your face pain. The swelling will go down, the tiny scars that only you could see in the first place will disappear and your radiance will shine through. Look at your list again and see that you can happily tick off all the positive feelings you hoped you’d feel. Prepare yourself for your first proper outing after the surgery. People may stare but don’t feel self-conscious about it, embrace it. They’re staring because they can’t figure out why you look so damn good. The compliments will start rolling in about how you look youthful, fresh-faced, beautiful and glowing. Lap it all up, that’s one of the reasons you had the surgery in the first place, right?
You will probably find yourself recommending your surgeon to everyone under the sun. Don’t be ashamed if you end up sending a card of thanks to show your appreciation to the surgery. Now go forth and enjoy looking beautiful. You’ve earned it.