cosmetic surgery

The Importance of Plastic Surgery Preparation and After Care

As a plastic surgery coach I work with many clients throughout their plastic surgery journey, which also includes post-operative after care services.

It is very important if you are considering any plastic surgery procedure regardless of how small, that you prepare for the surgery and prepare for after care services. You may think that your friend or family member can take care of your needs after your surgery, however, it has been my experience time and time again that this is not a wise choice.

It is important to think about your plastic surgery recovery, even if your plastic surgeon says you will be fine.  It is in your best interest to  fully prepare for your after care with a Plan A and Plan B. Your recovery depends on this. Think of after care as part of your plastic surgery costs. You are protecting your investment.  Budget for between $350.00 – $1200 for your after care, not including any costs for accommodations. The cost will depend on if you are staying at an after care facility, hotel or Airbnb. The cost per day or per hour for after care services, your geographic location and whether you hire an RN. An RN is more costly and not really necessary unless you need IV meds or your surgeon insists you stay in the hospital  overnight.

 Preparation

  1. Prepare your body and mind for surgery. Take vitamins, increase your protein, hydrate and rest the days leading up to surgery.

  2. Purchase  everything you need in advance. Don’t wait until the day before surgery. 

  3. Line up a surgical buddy for emotional support, either a friend who understands or hire a plastic surgery coach.

  4. Arrange for time off of work. Always add on a little more time as everyone heals differently. 

  5. If you are out- of- town, arrange for a hotel stay near the surgeon’s office. Ask the hotel if they provide room service and let them know you will be recovering from a surgical procedure. 

  6. If you have small kids, arrange for a baby sitter in advance. 

  7. If you have animals, arrange for a dog walker or even kennel you animals for the first few days.

  8. Arrange for after care services with your surgeon’s office or go online to find a reputable service.  Friends and family are not the best after care people as they usually have no prior experience in taking care of a recovering plastic surgery patient.  You may have drains, leaky body fluids, bruising  and swelling.  You will  be emotional and in some discomfort.  You are doing yourself a disservice by not planning for the proper after care. 

  9. Always have a Plan B for your plastic surgery recovery. Don’t wait until the day of surgery.

  10. Remember you need to rest for a successful recovery.

 

Revision FaceLift: The Emotional Roller Coaster of Revision Plastic Surgery

One of the reasons I founded The NipTuck Coach, a plastic surgery consulting business was due to my own cosmetic surgery disappointment and my post-surgery emotional roller coaster. You can read about my facelift  experience and disappointing surgery results here.

My plastic surgery journey included, poor post-op care, poor communications and a less than desirable outcome. This fueled my insight into the psychological aspects of going under the knife, as well as what’s wrong with the plastic surgery industry today. I’m hoping to make a difference in patient communications. 

I’m not new to the world of plastic surgery or the beauty industry.  I’ve worked in the industry for many years, have had dozens of procedures and have an understanding of plastic surgery beyond most lay people. Despite all of my knowledge and insider connections the outcome of my surgery did not meet my reasonable expectations or an agreed upon outcome. My experience with my plastic surgeon was less than stellar and I had no one to turn to for advocacy and support.

 You are probably wondering why this happened and how I’m dealing with it. A plastic surgeon’s best referral is a beautiful outcome. No plastic surgeon wants to have an unhappy patient, or so you would think. The goal is to rectify a less than optimal outcome by good communications, acknowledgment from the surgeon that the results could be better, and finding the best resolution for the patient. If the surgeon feels he/she cannot meet the patients expectations, then its up to the surgeon to do whatever is in the best interest of the patient, including referring to a colleague, who may be more skilled for this surgery. Finally, working out agreeable financial terms.  (more…)

Before Cosmetic Procedures: Decision Making

It’s  tempting to buy a Groupon or Daily Deal for Botox, Laser Treatment or Fillers.
Maybe you are new-bee to Botox or Fillers and the price is enticing.bigstock_Plastic_Surgery_7840819
So you book an appointment, only to either have a bad experience or spend more money than you planned.

Now, I’m not saying that all Groupons and Daily Deals are misleading or that the doctor is inexperienced  in the field of aesthetic medicine.

However, keep in mind that a busy practice or medical spa does not need  to advertise in Groupon and Daily Deals.

Buyer Beware.

With the continued explosion of cosmetic treatments and surgery plus the declining rate of insurance reimbursements for medical doctors, more non-core specialty doctors will decide enter this very lucrative business. Before you consider cosmetic procedures answer these questions first.

1.What are my expectations? My aesthetic goals?
2.What is my budget for consultations and the procedure?
3.Do I have the time to do the research on doctors or do I need more guidance ?
4.How many consultations will I go to?
5.Will I have the emotional support of my family both pre-op and post-op?
6.Does the procedure fit into my lifestyle?
7.Can I take the time I need to recover?

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Thinking About Plastic Surgery: New Concierge Service

Thinking about a cosmetic surgery procedure? Not sure where to start?

Plastic Surgery Consulting Service Debuts in San Francisco

Read what Dr. Roy Kim, San Francisco Plastic Surgeon, is saying about our new services.

Part life coach, part matchmaker, part resource library and part girlfriend. That is how I would describe a new Bay Area plastic surgery consulting service called The Nip Tuck Coach.

What is a plastic surgery consulting service? Well, it’s somewhat of a new concept to me, too, but one that I find pretty interesting.

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