Steps to Take When Getting Ready for Your Rhinoplasty

After you’ve had your consultation and scheduled your procedure, all that’s left to do is wait for the day of the procedure to come. But, in the days and weeks preceding your rhinoplasty, there are things that you can (and should) do to prepare your body for surgery. Find out more by visiting Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed throughout the world, but that doesn’t make it any less important to prepare for. Rhinoplasty results are best when you take great care of yourself before and after the surgery. In this brief article, we’ll discuss what you need to know about preparing for rhinoplasty surgery.

10 Tips for the Days and Weeks Leading up to Rhinoplasty

Your surgeon will give you a list of recommendations and advice that will be catered to your exact needs. These tips are among the most common advice given by rhinoplasty surgeons. It helps to have this information in mind before you go in for your consultation and commit to getting nasal surgery.

2 Weeks Before Surgery

  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammation medications like ibuprofen for at least a week before your surgery. If you are on any other type of medication, disclose that with your rhinoplasty physician.
  • Smoking in the two weeks leading up to your surgery and during surgery can prolong healing and even cause scarring after the recovery period is over. So, the time before your rhinoplasty surgery is the perfect time to kick the habit!
  • Do everything that you can to minimize the risk of sun damage to your skin for at least 2 weeks before surgery. Make use of an SPF 50 sunscreen and reduce your time in direct sunlight whenever possible.
  • Arrange for someone to take you to your rhinoplasty appointment and drive you home. You may be unable to drive as a result of the anesthesia following surgery.
  • Make sure to stock up on things that you will need after surgery to avoid having to make additional stops on the day of surgery. Include in your shopping list: mild and easy to eat foods, saline nasal solution, Vaseline and pain relievers approved by your physician.

The Day of Surgery

  • Make sure that your skin is clean and clear of perfumes, lotions, makeup, dirt and oil. Wash up right before heading to your appointment.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before your surgery. If you have to take any essential medications before surgery in the morning, swallow your medication with only a sip of water.
  • Do not wear contact lenses, jewelry or nail polish.
  • Come to your appointment dressed in clothes that secure at the front or the back. Slip-on tee shirts and similar shirts will be difficult to put on post-surgery.
  • Make sure to bring your insurance card and ID card. Be ready to present them to the receptionist at the surgical suite right away.