605ccs under, high profile currently feeling depression. Is this common after breast augmentation? (Photo)
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Feeling depression common after breast augmentation?
I am sorry to hear about the "depression" you are experiencing. It is, however, not uncommon to experience what you are experiencing at this time in your recovery. Severe emotional “ups and downs” are common after all types of surgery. Requiring reassurance (that what you are experiencing is normal) is also common and to be expected. The specific cause of the "postoperative depression" is not known; in my opinion, it is probably multifactorial ( factors such as stress, pain, unanticipated length of recovery, being away from usually enjoyed activities/people…).
I would suggest that you do your best to occupy your mind with activities that you enjoy. For example, for our patients experiencing these types of post operative “sadness”, I suggest they walk outdoors (fresh air), see movies, read books they enjoy, seek family/friends' support… Let your plastic surgeon know how you are feeling, especially if you do not see/feel improvement.
Keep in mind that the worst part of the recovery is over (and you have yet to enjoy the outcome of the procedure performed!
It is normal for some patients to experience postoperative blues after having cosmetic surgery. Patients can feel ups and downs as they are getting used to their new body makeover. I always tell our patients to feel free to reach out to me or our wonderful staff if they experience these types of feelings. We are always here for our patients! I would encourage you to contact your board-certified plastic surgeon and staff as they can be a great support system for you during your recovery.
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