Easing your worries about cosmetic surgery

When you’ve booked your cosmetic surgery and a date is in the diary it’s understandable to feel a mixture of excitement and apprehension.  You’ll be excited about the results you’re going to achieve but slightly worried about the process of actually undergoing surgery.

These pre-operative nerves are perfectly normal and usually focus on three things – feeling confident that you’ll get the outcome you want; understanding what will happen to you during your surgery and scarring.

We find that communicating clearly is the best way to help alleviate these nerves. The more you know about the procedure you’re going to undergo, the less nervous you’ll feel before, during and after your surgery.

Feeling confident about your outcomes

It’s absolutely vital that you know what results can be achieved before you decide to have cosmetic surgery.  If you know that your aims can be achieved you’ll feel much more confident and at ease.

It’s only through a process of consultation and discussion that we can share the same vision for the end result. That’s why we place so much emphasis on pre-surgery consultation meetings. I will always give you an honest assessment about whether your aims are realistic. If they’re not, we discuss what can be achieved and decide together whether that’s acceptable.  If it’s not acceptable, perhaps cosmetic surgery isn’t the right answer.  If we can achieve your goals through surgery – and this is most often the case – then you can undergo your procedure with a clear picture of what you’ll look like afterwards, and this will give you that all-important peace of mind to know you’ve made the right decision.

Understanding what will happen during surgery

During your pre-surgery consultation meetings we’ll talk you through exactly what will happen throughout your time with us.

We’ll tell you what you need to do in order to be prepared for your surgery and we’ll talk you through exactly what will happen once you arrive in hospital.

From questions about your anaesthetic and post-operative pain relief through to the techniques we use to carry out your particular procedure we will answer them all with as much detail as possible, you can rest assured you’ll know all you want and need to do well in advance.

We do always stress that cosmetic surgery is a major decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly though complications are infrequent and usually minor.  However, your anatomy, physical reactions and healing abilities are unique; the outcome is never completely predictable.

We’ll talk through the potential complications associated with your particular procedure so that you can make an informed decision about whether cosmetic surgery is right for you.


A common worry among cosmetic surgery patients relates to scarring.  Scarring is inevitable with most procedures, though over time most scars will fade.  Surgical techniques allow us to minimise scarring or to hide scars where they’re less likely to be seen.  Before you decide to have surgery we’ll tell you about the sort of scarring you can expect from your particular procedure so that you know exactly what to expect.  You’ll also be given plenty of advice and support in the aftermath of your surgery to help your skin to recover and to keep scarring to a minimum.

What next?

If you’re considering having cosmetic surgery but are concerned about any aspect, please do get in touch to book a free, informal consultation.  We will be happy to discuss any aspect of cosmetic surgery and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.


This article was originally published on our main website – http://www.jamesvmurphy.com/easing-your-worries-about-cosmetic-surgery/

Mr Murphy is a fully accredited plastic surgeon and is entered into the General Medical Council (GMC) specialist register for plastic surgery. He is a full member of the British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).

James Murphy – who has written posts on 3D Plastic Surgery | Manchester.

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