Tips to Prepare for a RhinoplastyPosted by in Rhinoplasty
Have you been considering a nose job or Rhinoplasty? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Rhinoplasty is the most popular cosmetic surgery among men and teens. Once you have decided to get a nose job and found a board certified facial plastic surgeon, preparing for any surgical procedure is important. Here are some tips that will prepare you for the surgery and recovery:
Stop Smoking / Over-The-Counter Meds: If you are a smoker, it is important to stop smoking as well as stop using over-the-counter drugs. Smoking can lead to complications during and after the procedure so ceasing or significantly reducing smoking is recommended. Over the counter drugs like, Ibuprofen and aspirin, may thin the blood which tends to lead to excess bleeding and bruising during surgery. Rhinoplasty surgeons recommend temporarily suspending taking herbs and supplements at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
Prepare your Home: Stocking your pantry and your fridge is a good idea as you could be in pain and may not want to go to the store. Rhinoplasty patients have also said that having a family member or friend watch over you for the first few days is very helpful.
Prescriptions: It is a good idea to get your prescriptions filled before hand, that way you are not troubled with it when you are in a foggy haze after the surgery. Patients who get a nose job recommend picking up saline nasal spray as well.
Fasting: In surgical terms fasting means, discontinue eating 12 hours before and no liquids 6 hours prior to the surgery time, unless specified by your doctor.
Your Recovery Space: Prepare your resting area before going to the hospital – have pillows, cushions, water with a straw, Q-tips, tissues, loose t-shirts and ask someone to be available to assist you for the first few days. Make sure to have a couple extra ice packs or some frozen peas ready to manage swelling and any slight discomfort.
Several first time patients are unsure about the decision to get plastic surgery, however, talking to seasoned patients or reading about patient experiences on Realself.com can ease any anxiety.
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