OVERCOMING YOUR FEAR OF SURGERY

Even the bravest of us experiences surgical related trepidation. That’s why it’s important to put yourself in the
hands of a plastic surgeon that is both skillful and understanding. “Fear is, in large part, related to the unknown,” says Robert Zubowski, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon and medical director of the Robert Zubowski, MD, Center for
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Paramus. “Fear rises often from perception rather than reality. That’s the reason why we hold our complimentary monthly cosmetic surgery seminars.”

In Dr. Zubowski’s experience even the most fearful patients do extremely well in one-on-one situations. “Individuals at the seminars can be as anonymous as they choose while learning surgical details.” Another option: dial up the center’s coordinator, who will be glad to address any of your questions or surgical concerns. “The more questions you ask the people who will be responsible for providing your care, the more comfortable and less fearful you’ll become,” says Dr. Zubowski, an alumni of the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Request a tour of the surgical facility and meet the people who will be taking care of you. “We encourage potential patients to drop by because we’re proud of our state-of-the-art center. A large part of feeling comfortable is being familiar with your surroundings and the people who will be taking care of you,” he says. “My hand-picked team, whom I’ve worked with for years, are all truly empathetic professionals who will do all they can to make you feel comfortable and
secure.”

Finally, Dr. Zubowski encourages all potential cosmetic surgery candidates to speak to other patients for a real perspective of what to expect. “We have a large roster of volunteers. Many of my patients enjoy sharing their experiences. No matter how brave you may be, nervousness before surgery is to be expected.”

But helping the patient stay calm doesn’t end with the surgery. “We send an experienced plastic surgery nurse to your home to change your dressing.” This service is included for facelift, tummy tuck and body lift patients. “We’ve discovered that the
post-surgical patient is less anxious if our nurse makes house calls and that’s why we also offer in-home care for other procedures as an option.”

On the day of your surgery Dr. Zubowski, his board-certified anesthesiologist, and other members of his staff will be there to guide you through the process so that you won’t feel like you are “floating.”  Says Dr. Zubowski, “Once they see the results, what I hear most often from my patients is `why did I wait so long?’”.

If you would like more information on a particular cosmetic surgery procedure, or to schedule a consultation please
call Ann Carbone, the center’s coordinator, at 201-261-7550.

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