“During the healing period, emotional instability is often observed, says Dr. Gerber. Everyone is eager to see the results immediately, but the reality is that within a few weeks you have to wait until the swelling, bruising, and soreness disappear. This primarily refers to the operation to tighten the muscles of the face. Your face is swollen, you sit at home with your head tied so that you cannot even wash your hair. No wonder many have a slight depression. ”
Studies have shown that among those who underwent plastic surgery to restore or change the shape of the nose (rhinoplasty), about 20 percent experienced some frustration and depression during the first 30 days after surgery. Such feelings could last up to six months.
“There are several reasons why patients after rhinoplasty may temporarily fall into depression, says Marcia Kraft Goine, MD, a clinical psychiatrist from the University of Los Angeles, Southern California, and the author of a special study. First, before the patient sees the results of the operation, he will see swelling and bruising, and it takes time for it to go away. And secondly, rhinoplasty is somewhat akin to surgery to reduce the volume of the breast, because it changes the shape of the body to which the patient is accustomed, explains Dr. Goin. Unlike tightening the skin on the face, which returns to the woman the features that are always inherent in her, rhinoplasty creates a new form. And no matter how desirable the change was, it always causes shock at the first moment. ”
In his study, Dr. Goine also notes that depression and frustration are more pronounced for those who were more anxious before the operation. The doctor, attentive to the moods of the patients, in her opinion, may notice which of them is most likely to become depressed after the operation, and support them by dispelling unreasonable fears.