Depression After Facial Plastic Surgery
Postsurgical depression is common and can be caused by the aftereffects of anesthesia or other medications, lingering discomfort and pain, postsurgical traumatic stress syndrome or even a general sense of disarray in your life.
Hopefully you knew that recovery was not going to be a cakewalk and that there would be some bruising and swelling following your surgery. But there was probably a part of you — even a really small part — that thought you would look in the mirror and a younger-looking you would smile back. When this doesn't happen, you may feel disappointed.
Factor in some difficulties getting proper sleep and an inability to exercise or do some of the other activities you enjoy, and it's no wonder you are feeling low after your facial rejuvenation procedure.
This is normal and to be expected. You are not alone, even if it feels that way. Visit our companion article that lists other common post-surgery emotions so you don't feel quite so lost.
As your healing progresses, these feelings usually lessen. If the depression doesn't go away or seems to get worse, speak with your surgeon about a referral to a therapist. There are many effective medications available that can help treat depression.
Richard Bensimon, MD
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Portland, OR 97209
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