After years of looking in the mirror and disliking your nose, or after years of struggling to get a deep breath when you inhale through your nostrils, you’ve finally decided to have rhinoplasty. Deciding on the surgery and seeing a facial plastic surgeon who’s qualified to perform nose reshaping surgery are just two steps on the path to a new nose. Once you’ve made the choice to have the surgery, it’s time to start preparing for it.
Preparation for rhinoplasty is a bit different for each person. In the weeks or months leading up to your surgery, you’ll want to stay in contact with your surgeon and ask him or her any questions you have about what you can or should do before the procedure and what you need to avoid.
Know Your Medicines
During your consultation with a surgeon, he or she will conduct a medical exam and review your past medical history. Your consultation is a good time to discuss any medications you’re taking with your doctor. Even if you’re just taking the occasional aspirin or vitamin E supplement, your surgeon needs to know.
Certain medicines, even over-the-counter ones, can interfere with the surgery, affect the healing process or make you more likely to bleed. For that reason, your surgeon needs to know about any supplements or drugs you take. If necessary, he or she will recommend a different type of medication during the time before the surgery or immediately after it. He or she might also recommend avoiding certain medications or supplements in the weeks before your procedure.
Adjust Your Lifestyle
A few lifestyle adjustments might be in order as you get ready for rhinoplasty. The big one is to stop smoking a few weeks before your surgery. Cigarette smoking has a number of harmful effects, beyond slowing down the healing process, that make quitting worthwhile even if you weren’t thinking about nasal surgery.
You might also want to adjust what you eat or drink in the weeks leading up to your surgery. It’s usually recommended that you focus on eating a healthy diet, full of vegetables and fruits. Try to avoid eating a lot of sugary foods while you get ready for surgery. Your body should be as strong as possible, which means eating a balanced, nutritious diet. Also watch your alcohol intake before surgery. Your doctor will give you more specific instructions regarding how much alcohol is safe to drink and when you should avoid alcohol before surgery.
Get Your Ducks in a Row
Your body’s health isn’t the only thing to think about before rhinoplasty. You’ll also want to make arrangements for all the little details in your life. For example, you might want to find a friend or family member to look after your pet the first few days after your surgery or send your kids to stay with a relative for a few days, so that you can rest up without having to worry about them.
Usually, it’s recommended that you find someone who will not only bring you to the surgical center and take you home again the day the of the surgery, but also someone who can stay with you, at least for the first night. Your spouse or significant other is a great candidate for the job. You might also consider asking a sibling, parent or your best friend.
You may want to make sure you have all your loose ends tied up before your surgery. You probably don’t want to have to remember to pay the cable bill two days into your recovery. While you may feel up to getting up and walking around a day or two after surgery, odds are you won’t want to venture over to the supermarket to pick up milk and eggs. Stock your refrigerator and pantry with wholesome food and either prepared meals, or meals you can prepare quickly as you recover.
Step one to getting ready for rhinoplasty is finding a board certified facial plastic surgeon with ample experience performing the procedure. In Melbourne, Florida, that person is Dr. Ross Clevens. Dr. Clevens is a nationally recognized surgeon who was recently voted "Best of Brevard." To schedule a consultation with Dr. Clevens, call (321) 727-3223 today.