5 Secrets for Easing Stress When You’re Having Plastic Surgery During the Pandemic

If you’ve found yourself thinking, “Would I ever get plastic surgery in the future?” one of the important things to consider is when you’ll have enough time to fit it into your schedule. After a procedure, such as eyelid surgery from our Milwaukee-area team, patients spend up to two weeks in recovery. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more people have been taking the opportunity to finally have self improvement procedures that they’ve been putting off for a long time. There are various reasons behind this, including the fact that people have had a built-in excuse to heal at home in private or to wear masks to hide the initial signs of their surgery without others noticing anything. People have also been spending more time scrutinizing their own appearance in virtual meetings. To top it off, there’s societal pressure—in certain circles, anyway—to come out of the pandemic looking great.

While it depends on the case, studies have shown that cosmetic surgery can also sometimes have a positive effect on an individual’s emotional and mental well-being. It is common, however, for many patients to experience at least some emotional turmoil before and after any kind of procedure. Due to the effects of the anesthesia, along with the physical stress caused by surgery on the body, patients may experience uncertainty, doubt, guilt, anxiety, sleeping problems, and irritability after plastic surgery.

Please know that these feelings are completely normal—but also that too much stress can result in delayed healing, so it’s important to keep stress levels under control. Stay-at-home orders and a subsequent decline in physical activity can make these feelings of depression and anxiety worse. Here are some tips for reducing psychological stress during the pandemic, or any time of isolation:

• Take up a hobby or get back into an old hobby, such as gardening, cooking, baking, knitting, or drawing. 

• Limit your exposure to the news and social media. 

• Connect with family members and friends by calling them or video chatting.

• Exercise or do something physical each day.

• Set aside some “Me Time” as much as possible.

Want more advice on what to do to maximize your plastic surgery results? Get in touch with Parkins Plastic Surgery to have all of your questions answered and tell us more about your goals. If you would like to request a one-on-one consultation with us, call us at (262) 269-1050 or submit a contact form, and we’ll get back to you shortly. 

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