Let’s face it – we live in a fast-paced world where instant gratification is preferred but there are certain things that you simply can’t rush and surgery is one of them.

When you make the decision to undergo plastic surgery, it’s natural to want to make quick decisions so you can see results but this can often lead to an unsatisfactory outcome.

If plastic surgery is something you’re finally ready to act on, bargain on the planning process taking a few months if you want to have a positive experience – this timeline will help you get started.

Finding a Surgeon: 1 to 2 Weeks

Finding the right surgeon starts with creating a list of potential surgeons that you want to consult with. Plastic surgeons are not all the same and they all have varying areas of expertise. The surgeon’s you consult with should specialise in the surgery you’re interested in and be a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Finding a reputable surgeon such as Dr Benjamin Norris takes time but it’s well worth the effort.

Scheduling a Consultation: Up to 6 Weeks

The most skilled surgeons are in high demand, which means you may need to wait a while before you can get a consultation with them. If there is a surgeon that you really want to meet with but you can’t get a consultation right away, rather be patient so that you can be sure you’ve considered all your options. Keep in mind that this time frame will probably expand if you’re meeting with more than two surgeons.

Surgery Waiting Time: 4 to 10 Weeks

It’s one thing to find the right surgeon but this is not to say that he/she will be able to schedule your surgery right away. Don’t settle for a surgeon just because they can help you sooner – the right surgeon is worth the wait. Your results will last you a lifetime so waiting an extra month for your surgery should be an easy ask. You may also need to spend several weeks preparing for your surgery anyway. For example, you will need to stop smoking about 6 weeks before a major procedure. You will also want to make sure that you can arrange enough time off work and that you have someone to assist you after your procedure.

Surgery Recovery: 1 to 2 Weeks

The length of your recovery will depend on the procedure you’ve decided on and how quickly your body heals but 1 to 2 weeks is generally the minimum. You will also need to wait several months before you will be ready to show off your results. If you are planning your surgery around a special occasion, remember to factor this into your planning and timing. Since you will need both physical and emotional support during this time, speak to friends and family about your plans so that they can tell you whether or not they can make adjustments and arrangements to accommodate you during this time.