Indeed, the success or failure of the cellular grafts transplanted by Dr. Amar and his team will be far more affected by the actions of a particular patient following the day of surgery than the actual procedure. After all, by the time a patient leaves the clinic following the procedure, the cells are in place, the process is in motion and the stage has been set for the most natural form of volume production in the facial region. The rest, it must be said, is in the hands of the patient themselves.
That said, a patient should never feel that they are embarking on this journey alone. Dr. Amar and his team of qualified medical professionals will be with them each and every step of the way, answering questions, allaying fears and filling in whatever information gaps that may remain. They will be there for physical and emotional support as both medical experts and confidants, ready and willing to accompany each patient through the process until they are absolutely confident and content with their results.
Still, after the day of surgery, the success of the FAMI cellular grafts and its long-term results will be determined by the actions or inactions of the patient. While Dr. Amar and his team will always be on hand to offer guidance and advice, it is imperative that each patient makes the effort to be prepared for the physical and emotional challenges that lay ahead.
From the perspective Dr. Roger Amar, this process is much less difficult than one might expect if each patient remembers two simple rules – “Patience, Patience, Patience” and
“Less is More”. These rules are so important they should become mantras for all FAMI patients in the days, weeks and months after the procedure has concluded.
In the chapters that follow, we will explain what these rules means as we lay out the challenges each patient will face, beginning with the first hours after the procedure has been complete and following through to what they will encounter in the weeks and months to come. With each challenge, we will also address the best way for each patient to overcome these hurdles, ensuring a physically and emotionally healthy healing process, as well as the most positive and long-lasting results possible.
As with every section in this publication, we realize that no one document can answer every question FAMI patients may have so please remember that Dr. Amar and his team of caring and qualified professionals are always on hand to lend support and advice, no matter what a patient may want to know so do not hesitate to ask.
Patience, Patience, Patience
As with any potentially life-changing experience, the completion of FAMI is likely to elicit an array of emotions, with each patient reacting in their own, distinct way. Some will panic, some will doubt, some will grow sad, while others will rejoice.
There is no way to accurately predict how you or any patient will feel in the hours, days and weeks after the procedure is complete, but it always helps to be prepared.
Much like the range of emotions a patient is likely to encounter in the build-up to the day of surgery, the post-operation period can be equally, if not more emotionally taxing on a patient. In addition to the expected post-surgical side effects, which include varied periods of edema and bruising, a patient is likely to encounter a face unlike anything they have seen in a number of years.
If a patient begins to see the results of FAMI sooner than later, the change may prove to be jarring and even a little shocking. If the grafts take longer to take to their new locale, the delay and ensuing side effects may present a difficult emotional obstacle to overcome. Even if a patient finds their early results to their liking, the course of healing required of cellular grafts, as they adapt to their new environment and begin to grow, may prove emotionally draining.
For these reasons and more, Dr. Amar is a staunch advocate of three simple words, “Patience, Patience, and Patience”. While certainly easier said than done, remembering to be patient in the days after the application of the FAMI technique is imperative to a patient’s emotional well being, thereby reducing stress and the chance of somatization, or the physical manifestation of mental pressure, which may hinder or negatively affect the healing process.
In practice, this patience requires being absolutely prepared for the physical side effects of the FAMI procedure and realizing that the face one sees in the hours and days after the procedure is complete is not the face they will have in the future. With the help of Dr. Amar, a patient should realize that in order for FAMI’s cellular grafts to properly take and organically thrive, they must be given an appropriate amount of time. Practically, this sense of post-surgical calm may aided by avoiding mirrors in the days immediately after the procedure is complete, which will offer only an incomplete and artificial view of FAMI’s results.
This also requires a confidence in the abilities of Dr. Amar and his team. Bolstered by decades of research and hands-on experience, Dr. Amar is well aware of the FAMI timeline, what should be expected and when. He and his staff will do everything in their power to outline what a patient should expect to see before, during and after the procedure, (including in Chapter 3), but they also understand that details can be difficult to remember in a time of such change.
Further, this patience means being aware that each patient’s system is different and will heal in its own way and at its own pace. Some patients may experience bouts of edema and bruising for longer than others, but after years spent applying the FAMI technique, Dr. Amar and his team are confident in their work and know that despite slight variations in healing times, the final result will always be positive.
When a patient is ready, they should be careful and deliberate about what amounts to a reintroduction to their own face, training their eyes and mind to recognize a person they may not have seen in years. This process can be emotionally draining and may require support from those who know and understand the process best. Dr. Amar and his team are always on hand to provide that support.
Further, any efforts a patient has adopted to help relax in the weeks and months before the procedure, including breathing exercise or yoga, should certainly be continued, though with certain limitations on the level of strain they are putting on the body.
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