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How can I get over depression after cosmetic surgery?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Harris
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Tough--I'll try
Make sure that the result is all it can be by having a frank discussion with your surgeon to explain your unhappiness.
A second opinion might help. If the surgeons feel the result is good, it may be that your hopes were too high for what the surgery would accomplish. Please talk to your surgeon and your primary care doctor. Finding a project to work on can help you not dwell on it too much.

In brief: Tough--I'll try
Make sure that the result is all it can be by having a frank discussion with your surgeon to explain your unhappiness.
A second opinion might help. If the surgeons feel the result is good, it may be that your hopes were too high for what the surgery would accomplish. Please talk to your surgeon and your primary care doctor. Finding a project to work on can help you not dwell on it too much.
Dr. Steven Harris
Dr. Steven Harris
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Dr. Otto Placik
I occasionally find that 3 weeks after a surgical procedure patients experience a post partum depression like syndrome which is considerably briefer but may due to sudden withdrawal of endogenous steroid surges occuring in the perioperative period.
Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: See a psychiatrist
Ask yourself why you got the surgery in the first place.
Were you depressed to begin with and tried to fix the problem with surgery? It is not uncommon for anyone to become depressed after surgery. A psychiatrist can help you examine the course of your depression and develop strategies to beat it.

In brief: See a psychiatrist
Ask yourself why you got the surgery in the first place.
Were you depressed to begin with and tried to fix the problem with surgery? It is not uncommon for anyone to become depressed after surgery. A psychiatrist can help you examine the course of your depression and develop strategies to beat it.
Dr. David Hunter
Dr. David Hunter
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Identify cause
Did the surgery cause it? Was it pre-existing? Did you not achieve your desired results goals or intended purpose? Have you discussed with your physician, psychiatrist, surgeon.
On occasion some of the meds and normal adrenaline fluctuations may be responsible and the short term cause. Discuss with your support systems.

In brief: Identify cause
Did the surgery cause it? Was it pre-existing? Did you not achieve your desired results goals or intended purpose? Have you discussed with your physician, psychiatrist, surgeon.
On occasion some of the meds and normal adrenaline fluctuations may be responsible and the short term cause. Discuss with your support systems.
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Post-surgical depression is very common after many types of procedures.
After cosmetic procedures, the slow resolution of swelling and bruising often leads patients to regret the decision and get depressed. This is usually transient and goes away as the healing progresses. If more than one week, be certain to go see the doctor and discuss, or seek counseling to help get over the concerns.

In brief: Yes
Post-surgical depression is very common after many types of procedures.
After cosmetic procedures, the slow resolution of swelling and bruising often leads patients to regret the decision and get depressed. This is usually transient and goes away as the healing progresses. If more than one week, be certain to go see the doctor and discuss, or seek counseling to help get over the concerns.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Talk to your doctor
Talk to your plastic surgeon.
Keep positive, this is a common occurrence.

In brief: Talk to your doctor
Talk to your plastic surgeon.
Keep positive, this is a common occurrence.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Realistic expectatio
Knowing what to expect in terms of result from surgery can be the first step toward possibly avoiding depression following surgery.
Feeling good about the outcome also reduces chance of depression. Positive comments from friends regarding appearance will also benefit.

In brief: Realistic expectatio
Knowing what to expect in terms of result from surgery can be the first step toward possibly avoiding depression following surgery.
Feeling good about the outcome also reduces chance of depression. Positive comments from friends regarding appearance will also benefit.
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
Dr. Krishna Narayanan
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Time
A mild period of depression is not uncommon after cosmetic surgery and usually subsides after a few weeks as you begin the healing process.
One thing that always helps is to look at you before photos to remind yourself of why you had the surgery in the first place.

In brief: Time
A mild period of depression is not uncommon after cosmetic surgery and usually subsides after a few weeks as you begin the healing process.
One thing that always helps is to look at you before photos to remind yourself of why you had the surgery in the first place.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. John Decorato
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Be patient
Post surgical depression is very common.
Although discuusions regarding recovery and downtime are part of the consultation, very often the excitement over the proposed changes leads to the belief that recovery will be very rapid and the expected results will be instantaneous. Unfortunately this is never the case. Be patient, results will come with time. Remember this will not change your life.

In brief: Be patient
Post surgical depression is very common.
Although discuusions regarding recovery and downtime are part of the consultation, very often the excitement over the proposed changes leads to the belief that recovery will be very rapid and the expected results will be instantaneous. Unfortunately this is never the case. Be patient, results will come with time. Remember this will not change your life.
Dr. John Decorato
Dr. John Decorato
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Dr. Frederick Coville
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: This should pass
Tthe blues" after cosmetic surgery is fairly common - and most often in women.
There is no good explanation for it and usually has very littel to do with pain and swelling. It is more likely a realization that although your appearance has changed, life is still the same, and now people may react differently to you. Please talk to your surgeon or a therapist if needed. Good luck to you!

In brief: This should pass
Tthe blues" after cosmetic surgery is fairly common - and most often in women.
There is no good explanation for it and usually has very littel to do with pain and swelling. It is more likely a realization that although your appearance has changed, life is still the same, and now people may react differently to you. Please talk to your surgeon or a therapist if needed. Good luck to you!
Dr. Frederick Coville
Dr. Frederick Coville
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