If you’ve been thinking about undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure, you may have already done quite a bit of research in the lead up to your decision – perhaps you’ve even contacted some reputable plastic surgeons. If not, it’s a very good idea to get in touch with a plastic surgeon so that you can start asking all of the questions that you’ve started to develop over the course of your rhinoplasty research. Talking to a plastic surgeon allows you to lay concerns to rest and bring up things that have made you feel anxious. There are also a few other things to consider before and after a rhinoplasty procedure – to get you on the right track, in this blog we discuss pre and post-operative rhinoplasty care.
Preparing for your rhinoplasty surgery
The first thing to keep in mind is to manage stressful or strenuous activities or work before the operation takes place, as the weeks that follow afterwards will make it tough for you to be really productive. During this time, you should also refrain from smoking – although four weeks is a minimum, try for longer if you can. Smoking makes regular recovery difficult, but cigarette smoke in conjunction with your nasal airways can make matters even more difficult. It is also recommended that patients do not ingest medications include ibuprofen, Vitamin E and some herbal supplements two weeks before the surgery. If you’re having your plastic surgery in Sydney, Melbourne or similar busy hubs, stock up on any required prescriptions and medications before your surgery so you don’t put yourself out too much afterwards. Perhaps most importantly of all, patients should reaffirm with both themselves and their surgeon that they want to go through with the rhinoplasty procedure, particularly if the result isn’t what you did or didn’t want to achieve in the first place.
What to do post-rhinoplasty surgery
As with any other form of surgery, you won’t be able to drive afterwards due to the anaesthesia used. Due to this, it’s important that you remember to organise for a friend or family member to pick you up after your surgery. It is also possible that you won’t be able to drive for a few days after the plastic surgery, so make sure to keep this in mind too. You may also need help within the home for daily tasks due to your state post-surgery. In addition to the driver, it’s also therefore important to get someone to help you around the house – it’s not easy taking kids to school, preparing meals and taking care of pets when you can sometimes have difficulty looking after yourself! During this period it’ll be your job to pay very close attention to the instructions your surgeon gave you for your post-operation recuperation period. This will typically include medications and similar things that help speed up your recovery.
Asking questions is always a good idea
When it comes to such dramatic cosmetic surgery, you are absolutely welcome to ask as many questions as you like (even if you think they’re stupid). It’s your nose, after all! In any case, it’s very likely that your surgeon has heard every crazy question under the sun, so any thoughts you have are sure to be logical in some way. If you’re able to go into the procedure knowing exactly what to expect after a detailed rundown from your surgeon, you can be sure no sneaky surprises will throw you off.