It is amazing how emotional you can feel about taking a decision to have cosmetic surgery / plastic surgery. Some of which comes down to telling others and knowing how you might be judged for taking the decision.


This is especially true if the procedure will be seen by others, i.e., the eyes, face, nose, jaw or neck. Strangely not quite so intensely for body procedures that are easier to hide under clothing.


Often the decision to have a cosmetic procedure is stimulated by an event such as a wedding, a holiday, a watershed birthday, divorce or a change in personal circumstance.


And, although the focus of the event stimulates and leads you into the clinic, on the days running up to a planned procedure you can often feel shallow, silly or vain.


Cosmetic surgery will definitely become one of the biggest events in your life so it is not unusual to experience a whole gamut of emotions. It is usually after your surgery and during the first week of recovery that you will experience these emotions at their most intense.


It helps if you know beforehand that this is quite normal. It helps by having a point of contact that you know will be there for you 24/7 who will give you the support that you need during the preoperative, the surgery itself and the recovery period.  At Harley Street Skin Reigate, you have a dedicated theatre nurse who will be at your side before, during and after your surgery.


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It is not unusual during the healing period to feel low and question why you have put yourself through this. Often patient’s expectations of healing are that changes and recovery are slower than anticipated and therefore before you see the full results of your surgery you may question why you have chosen to have it done.


Quiet time after surgery is very important but for many (just like a severe bout of illness) leaves you a bit ‘at sea’ and not knowing what to do to pass the hours. It might leave you too much time for contemplation about your life and decisions that you have made and disappointments that you may have encountered. It is very important to have support both at home and from the surgical team. You will find your surgical nurses amazing at this time.


Don’t worry about being worried. Don’t worry that you need to ask if everything went to plan. Try to avoid negative blog sites that may cast further unwanted doubts and concerns. If you have a question, ask your team, if you have a concern visit your surgeon again. If you have chosen your Surgeon and your team well you will have all of the support that you need which will give you time to recover. The most important thing to remember is that you will heal.


Rome was not built in a day. Also realise that depending on the surgical procedure that you have done, remodelling may take up to 3 or even 6 months before you see your final results, so patience is a must. When your healing is complete there is an overwhelming sense of the ‘journey’ that forms part of the satisfaction of having made the right decision


Lastly a little tip; keep that before photograph and after photograph side by side to remember where you started and what you’ve achieved.


Our consultations are free, so why not use them like a fact-finding mission, ask the questions, raise your concerns then you can make an informed choice. Call our team on 01737247246 or email to book

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