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I am about to have a really big operation soon that is going to change the way I look. I am a bit nervous about it - do other people feel like this?
Yes. Lots of young people can relate to how you are feeling. It is normal to feel nervous, scared, apprehensive or excited and these feelings may change or get stronger as the time gets nearer.
Sometimes it can help to know a bit more about the operation so you feel more prepared. Why not take a list of questions along next time you see your surgeon or next specialist and go through together so that you are clear about what will happen? E.g.
- Will you have any dressings, drips or drains attached?
- Will there be any swelling and if so when will it go down?
- Will you have any stitches?
- How soon after the op will you be able to see your new appearance.
If you're worried about seeing your new appearance in the mirror for the first time, decide beforehand who you want with you for support. Don't feel pressured into looking before you feel ready. You can choose when to look. Just let the nurses and your surgeon know when the time is right for you.
At first you might feel surprised or shocked - either because your appearance doesn't look so different or you find it difficult to recognise yourself. Remember it will take a while for the swelling to go down and the stitches to come out.
Adjusting to a new appearance doesn't happen overnight so just take things one day at a time. If you're finding it hard and you're not sure how to talk to the people closest to you, you can always contact Changing Faces on 0845 4500 275 or email email@example.com.
21st Aug 07 @ 19:14
After my ops, i'm always quite shocked at how I look...it takes me sometime to get use to it, seeing as after most operations I look different in many areas of my face.
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