Scared of Going Under the Knife? 3 Ways to Cure Anxiety
- Posted on: Aug 15 2016
If you have decided to undergo some sort of plastic surgery that requires you to be under anesthesia during the surgical treatment, then you may start to feel a bit uncomfortable and anxious prior to your procedure. Although undergoing plastic surgery procedures like getting a rhinoplasty or breast enhancement done are routine procedures that are considered to be safe, being under anesthesia itself can cause patients to feel a bit nervous. From taking a deep breath to seeking medication, this article will discuss three ways that you can feel less anxious before undergoing surgery.
Take a Deep Breath
If you have ever experienced a panic attack of sorts then you know that one of the best ways to alleviate that sense of anxiety and panic is by taking a deep breath. By focusing on your breathing, you can help to calm not only your heart rate but your mind as well. If you start to feel a sense of anxiety or panic before you undergo surgery, simply close your eyes and take a deep breath, focusing on both your inhale and exhale. Continue to take deep breaths until you notice that your anxiety and panic have started to slowly subside.
Talk To Your Surgeon
Another great way to help alleviate your anxiety before surgery is to talk to either your surgeon or a nurse about the procedure. Explain to them the fears that you are experiencing and they will be able to talk you through the procedure and answer any questions that you may have. By being more informed as to what is going to happen, you will help to alleviate your fears.
Ask About Medication
Medication like valium are great at easing a patient’s anxiety and helping them to feel calm, cool, and collected. Depending on your medical history and how the medication will interfere with the anesthesia, one of the doctors at Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants may prescribe to you some medication to help take the edge off.
Getting plastic surgery is an exciting event that is nothing to worry about. However, if you are experiencing some anxiety just thinking about going under anesthesia, then try one of the above tips to help you feel more relaxed. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Associated Plastic Surgeons & Consultants today!