10 Ways to Boost Your Mental Health After Plastic Surgery

Dr. Sacha Obaid, Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Serving Dallas, Plano, Southlake, and Nearby Fort Worth, Texas


By Sacha Obaid

There are a number of things you can do naturally to improve your mental health after plastic surgery at North Texas Plastic Surgery.

1. Get enough rest.

Rest is invaluable for healing your body after surgery. It improves overall mental health by rejuvenating cells throughout your body. It energizes you and gives you a new outlook on life. In addition to getting a good night’s sleep, getting enough rest includes taking frequent, short breaks throughout the day. This involves simply closing your eyes and getting away from all distractions.

2. Eat a healthy diet.

Help your body heal after cosmetic surgery by eating an overall healthy diet. Not only will your body feel better, but your mental outlook will improve. Eating well nourishes your mind and body. Eat a well-balanced diet consisting of foods from each of the major food groups. This includes grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables and low-fat protein.

3. Pamper yourself in luxury.

Take the time to simply do something you normally would not have time to do. Perhaps it is simply curling up with a good book, buying yourself some flowers, listening to your favorite music or just doing nothing.

mental health after plastic surgery4. Get out and socialize.

Being around people is a natural way to improve your mental health and outlook after your surgery. It can be too easy to feel isolated after plastic surgery. Isolation easily leads to depression. Consider joining a support group.

5. Get some exercise.

Physical activity is a great way to increase your mental health after surgery. Every time you exercise it releases endorphins, a natural “feel good” hormone. Exercise does not have to be vigorous for you to reap this benefit, either. You can do isometrics, which involves the tightening of muscles throughout your body. Going for a leisurely walk is another way to get exercise without exerting yourself.

6. Reduce your stress level.

Surgery can place stress on your body. Finding ways to reduce stress is essential for your overall healing. You can do this by meditating, enjoying a hobby, reducing your dependence upon electronic devices, playing a musical instrument, reading a magazine or book, and listening to music.

7. Start laughing more.

Laughter is medicine, as the saying goes. Laughing gives your internal organs a gentle massage that improves overall blood circulation. It improves your mental outlook by providing a fantastic natural stress reliever. If a good belly laugh is too painful after your plastic surgery procedure, learn to chuckle or simply find the humor in situations.

8. Buy some new clothing.

There is something special about buying a new piece of clothing. It is a reward for hard work. It can give you a new look and a new outlook.

9. Try some new perfume.

Perfume has a natural way of perking up your mental outlook. It makes you feel and smell better. Perfume is a fantastic way to make a small change that has a major impact.

10. Experiment with makeup.

Make-up provides you with a way pass the time and improve your mental health. If your surgery allows it, try new application techniques. Use different color eye shadows, mascaras, blushes and foundations to get new looks. You can also schedule a make-up session at a local mall or cosmetic shop.

If you treat yourself well after your surgery, you will reap the benefits.