how common is depression after tt and how long should it last before seeking help? do meds often help? I have been really down and hard for me to function normally. i don't like anything about the way the surgery looks and I think I made a big mistake - it's been little over a month. I only had a small pooch with umbilical hernia and good skin and had a mini tt. I feel like i made a big mistake that is irreversible.
Depression After Tt
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Depression is fairly common after any operation including an abdominoplasty.
Traumatic events can trigger depression particularly in patients that are prone to large mood swings. A tummy tuck is a substantial operation and patients can experience the blues for a few weeks after the operation. Medication occasionally is indicated but most of the time the problem resolves itself.
Tummy Tuck - Depression After TT
It's a question of degree.
Ideally, of course, you would be happy with your procedure, and not having any second thoughts. You've invested time, money and emotional energy into this process and now, for some reason, it isn't what you expected.
And that's where you have to start. Speak with your PS about your concerns. Perhaps you were expecting more from your procedure than was reasonable; in that case, going over your pre-op photos and your progress since then may be extremely helpful.
If, however, you're still not comfortable with what's happened, and you're still feeling depressed, then I would urge you to seek the advice of a psychiatrist or another mental health care provider. These feelings are serious, there are many ways to be treated, and there's no reason for you to suffer without seeking intervention.
I hope that this helps, and good luck,
Depression after tummy tuck
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Depression After TT
Depressive reactions following any cosmetic operation are known post operative issues. Before you think of starting any meds you need a heart to heart with your chosen surgeon. And more in office hand holding , daily if necessary. If still depressed than seek a psyh. evaluation with meds if needed. Start with small steps before entertaining medications.
Depression after tummy tuck
Depression after tt
Depression is common
One month after surgery is a common time to have depression after surgery. You still have swelling and fresh incisions. You are starting with more activity and you body has to relearn thing. Uncomfort aches and pains are common.
I am not fond of the min-tt procedure unless a person has an excellent body to start with. Patients are thinking mini but want the results of a full. You will do fine i am sure. send photos.
Depressed after Surgery
Hopefully, after follow-up with your surgeon you will find that the depression will improve. Usually this occurs as patients become more active and return to their previous activities/lifestyle.
If this depression continues you may want to discuss your concerns with your plastic surgeon and consider counseling/professional psychiatric evaluation.
Keep in mind that the worst part of the recovery is over!
Depression after plastic surgery should be taken very seriously.
1) You say you cannot function, and it has been a month. That is not anything to ignore. My first suggestion is go out -- today! -- and buy a paperback book called "Feeling Good", by Dr. David Burns, or get it on Amazon. And start reading it, and doing the "homework" that he describes. It is a very powerful book, and I have seen people's lives really picked up by just reading it.
2) If in another two or three weeks, you are still feeling way down, see a psychotherapist.
3) We sometimes see temporary depression after a face lift, but it is much more rare after body surgery.
4) It could be that you did make a mistake. It could be that you have a bad result. But these are different issues that you will deal with when you feel stronger. Now just deal with your depression. You may look a lot better in six months. Or you may benefit by a revision. Converting to a full tummy tuck can sometimes help.
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