Are The Any Options For Treating Anxiety Before Surgery?

I have wanted breast implants since I was 18 but decided to wait until after I was done having children. I am now 28 and have breast fed my 2 children and I recently had a consultation with a surgeon about getting implants. I really want to get them but I have been having major anxiety about the actual procedure. Will any surgeons give an RX for some sort of pill to take before the procedure to calm the nerves?

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Are The Any Options For Treating Anxiety Before Surgery?

Anxiety prior to surgery is very normal; its complete elimination is usually not possible.
I ask my patients  to try to be as calm as possible prior to surgery;  this “calmness"  tends to translate to a smoother postoperative course. You may be able to alleviate some  pre operative anxiety with music, exercise, meditation, a glass of wine (if ok with your surgeon), sexual activity (be careful...), and positive/objective focus on the long term outcome/benefits etc. prior to your procedure.
Generally, patients find that they did “get worked up for nothing” after their  recovery  is completed.
 I hope this helps.  Good luck!

San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Anxiety Before Plastic Surgery

It is normal to be anxious before any surgical procedure. It is an I'mportant decision for you and one to be made thoughtfully ahead of time. Tell your caregivers that you are nervous so that they may be sensitive to your state of mind. Most doctors and nurses are willing to be supportive at the time of surgery to make it a positive experience for you. Sedation prior to arrival for surgery can compromise your discussion with your anesthesiologist. It's safer to arrive clear headed. Most surgeons avoid using drugs to treat anxiety. There are better coping strategies.

Mary Lee Peters, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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