Summary: One thing surgeons learn very early is that you can’t do plastic surgery alone. That goes for patients, too. Everything about your recovery is going to demand a kind of team mentality. The stronger your team is, the better your results will likely be. No one can do plastic surgery alone—but that’s a feature, not a bug!
There’s something we say quite often in plastic surgery blog posts such as this one: between you and your surgeon. The idea is simple: many of the decisions you make about your plastic surgery procedure are intentionally private. And you have some expectation to that privacy. But, ultimately, you can’t do plastic surgery alone.
You Can’t Do Plastic Surgery Alone: Your Staff is There to Help
Here’s what I mean by that. In most cases, the surgeon is going to have a staff that helps carry out all aspects of your procedure, from consultation to recovery. Likewise, you’re going to need people in your home that will be there to assist you—from good company to reheating meals.
There’s not much in this world you can do alone. Almost everything takes teamwork. That’s why we’re talking about the teamwork that helps give you your plastic surgery results. You can’t do your plastic surgery alone, so you might have a few thank you’s to give out as a result.
Surgeons and Support Staff
You’ll notice that almost any plastic surgery clinic is going to rely on support staff. Most people assume that means “nurses,” but it goes beyond that. Yes, most surgeons will employ at least a few nurses (of varying types), but they will also employ customer service specialists.
That’s not unimportant. When you call the front desk of a plastic surgeon, it’s important that they’re able to give you accurate information. That’s why it’s always nice when a surgeon’s staff is universally well versed in the field of plastic surgery. This type of support staff might expand even further if the surgeon offers services such as laser treatments or Botox injections.
Who’s in the Operating Room?
There’s a lot of people in the operating room! The more complex your surgical procedure, the more people you’ll probably notice in the room. Typically, a surgeon will have several nurses there to assist in the operation, each with a specific task in mind.
Depending on the level of anesthesia you need, there may be even more people in the room. Typically, the more complex your anesthesia needs are (for example, if you need to be put under for your procedure), the more people will be in that operating room. That should be a comfort, though, as everyone is there to help keep you safe and make sure you get your desired results!
Your Support Staff at Home
Recovering from plastic surgery can be difficult for a wide variety of reasons. Depending on the procedure you’ve undergone, you might find yourself requiring assistance. For some people, that’s the worst part—the need to rely on someone else for a few days!
In general, you might require help with:
- Cooking: It’s good to eat home cooked meals while you’re recovering. It’s not great to cook them yourself. You don’t always need to have this help with you every day—one of your friends can make you something to reheat later!
- Cleaning: You aren’t going to be in the mood to vacuum after your procedure. (Of course, if you’re like me, you never really feel like vacuuming.) The point is that you’re going to need help keeping everything orderly and running smoothly while you’re recovering. This is a great job for family members.
- Driving: This one is a biggie. You aren’t going to be able to drive yourself for a bit. Partly, that’s because of the discomfort associated with surgery. But also, it’s due to the medication you take that minimizes that discomfort. In other words, don’t drive while you’re on medication. And, really, you should avoid driving (or other manual labor) until your surgeon gives you the okay.
It’s important to remember that plastic surgery recovery is not some kind of endurance trial. It’s not a test of how independent you can be. It’s a time to let your body recover and heal. Sometimes to do that, you need to have some help!
Teams Generate Better Results
One of the reasons that surgeons (and patients) tend to work in teams is pretty simple: teams get better results. Surgeons can do amazing work, but that work is amplified by a great team. Likewise, patients can be stunningly resilient and strong. But that strength is bolstered by a robust support system.
Ultimately, major decisions come down to the patient and the surgeon. Your support system should not be butting in to tell you the perfect size of your breast implants. However, it’s important to note that you can’t do plastic surgery alone. The stronger your team—at home or in the surgical suite—the better chance you have at getting great results.