How to Plan and Prepare for Surgery

So you’re thinking about surgery? Congratulations! 

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Deciding on a surgical change is a big choice, and we’re here to help you choose wisely and build an effective surgical plan. A successful operation can transform your life and have positive repercussions on your confidence and outlook. Whether you’re dreaming of a new look or making changes for your own comfort or confidence, your surgical journey can be transforming in many ways. How can you make the process smoother?

Keep reading to learn some of the tips we give our plastic surgery patients from the Waterloo-Kitchener area.

How do you prepare your body and mind for surgery?

Now that you’re thinking about surgery, it’s important to understand your goals and what’s making you feel ready to take the next step.

Understand and remember: What is the main reason for your plastic surgery choice?

Write down your concerns and goals. For example, your large breast size may be causing discomfort or pain, and a reduction could help you enjoy a different quality of life. Or perhaps you have excess fat from a pregnancy that you just can’t seem to get rid of, and you’re imagining how liposuction or a tummy tuck might offer you a new start. 

Whether your reasons are aesthetic or functional, knowing why you’re beginning your surgical journey is an important thought to come back to throughout the process.

This is also important for your surgeon or specialist to understand from the very first consultation. Whenever new patients come to visit our clinic, we want to know why they’re coming to see us. Understanding your own goals and sharing that vision with your surgeon is imperative for a successful surgery.

What should I look for when choosing a plastic surgeon?

  • Doing your research is incredibly important. At The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, we’re proud of our patient reviews, and we encourage new patients to look us up and to read our bios to understand how everyone on our team contributes to your experience. Our surgeons bring decades of education, experience, and surgical expertise to every aspect of your surgical path. But beyond that, choosing a surgical team is about that feeling you get in your gut when you meet them. Do you feel heard? Are you comfortable? That’s just as important as a pile of good reviews, appealing before-and-after pictures, and a solid background. Each of these aspects will help you choose a surgical path that makes sense for you.
  • You should feel completely confident in the surgeon and the care you’re getting– at every step of the surgical process. That means the initial consultation is just as important as the aftercare or the surgery itself. Your comfort and confidence will help your surgery to go well, and being in an environment where you feel comfortable asking questions will contribute to a positive experience. Your peace of mind during and after surgery will contribute to your well-being and faster healing. Being able to discuss your goals and needs will allow your surgeon to make recommendations and set expectations for your desired outcomes. Dr. Shenker takes the time to outline what you can expect from your surgery and offers personal, thoughtful care that prioritizes your comfort during the whole perioperative surgical process.

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Stay tuned to our blog for more tips on how to prepare for surgery, how to heal effectively, and how to choose wisely when it comes to other surgical decisions.

If you’re looking to explore your options, use our online form to request a consultation at our Waterloo practice or call us at (519) 746-1132. Men and women interested in plastic surgery come to us from Guelph, Kitchener, and London, Ontario, and beyond. We’d love to start a new surgical journey with you, too.

Meet Our Surgeons

The talented, experienced plastic surgeons at our Kitchener-Waterloo clinic have the advanced training to create exceptional, natural-looking results that meet the individual needs of our patients. The collaborative nature of our practice benefits patients in many ways.

Dr. Robert Shenker Dr. Stephanie Ma
The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic