“Plastic Surgery: Benefits of Sharing the Experience” by E. Fitzgerald
by Health Blogger Erika Fitzgerald
A new trend in plastic surgery has been emerging during the past year as more people are trading destination vacations for a trip to the operating table together. In fact, the trend has increased by 37%, according to a report by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS). Going into surgery with a companion — a significant other, family member, or friend — has a number of both emotional and physical benefits.
The benefits of having someone for emotional support before, during, and after surgery are huge. The benefits of going through the entire experience together are even greater. Patients who undergo plastic surgery together have someone who clearly understands what they are going through emotionally and physically.
Stefanie, who paired up with her mom for plastic surgery last year, told ABC News that she “thought [plastic surgery] would be a nice thing for us to do together because we could be a support system.” The mother-and-daughter pair had shared previous adventures together, form zip-lining to snorkeling, and looked forward to sharing another new experience.
A Bonding Experience
Additionally, studies have shown that people who share experiences often have a stronger connection. The same goes for plastic surgery; a mutual bond is created when 2 people share their personal transformations. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Kouros Azar explains on his blog that his Thousand Oaks plastic surgery patients who share their experience with someone else will sometimes report that they feel closer and more connected afterward.
In Stefanie’s case, she was able to enjoy several days of recovery with her mom to “vegetate and relax.” Both Stefanie and her mother reported being happy with the results of their “extreme bonding adventure.”
Support and bonding play an important role in easing the recovery process. Getting plastic surgery together gave Stefanie and her mom a solid support system and opportunity for mother-daughter bonding, both of which made their recovery time more enjoyable. Having a companion throughout the recovery process can lift a patient’s spirits and ease feelings of depression that sometimes result as a side effect of anesthesia.
Having a companion during the postoperative recovery process is certainly more enjoyable, but there are additional physical advantages, as well. Companionship during recovery can actually shorten convalescent periods and reduce the chance of complications, according to the AAFPRS.
Although there are valuable benefits in getting plastic surgery with a buddy, it’s important to keep a realistic outlook. Choosing a plastic surgery procedure is a very personal decision and should always be done for the right reasons. Patients should never feel pressured, or pressure someone else, to make a decision that may not be right for them. Anyone considering plastic surgery should always discuss options, concerns, and expectations with their surgeon.