Are you thinking about having rhinoplasty soon? If you are, then you may already know that there are certain best practices you need to follow before a rhinoplasty. These will help to ensure that the operation is safe and comfortable, and you get the results you want.
Best practices before a rhinoplasty
2 weeks before rhinoplasty
- It is important to stop smoking before surgery, as nicotine can slow healing.
- Anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as herbal supplements, should also be avoided at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.
1 week before rhinoplasty
- Purchase any prescription medication you will need to take after the operation, at least one week before your surgery date. Any non-prescription items you may require should also be purchased ahead of time.
- Arrange to have a family member or friend drive you home from surgery, and have someone stay with you for at least 24 hours.
Day before rhinoplasty
- Do not eat or drink anything after 12 midnight on the day before surgery.
Day of rhinoplasty surgery
- Wash your face thoroughly, but do not put on any makeup, creams, or lotions.
- Refrain from using any hair products, hair pins, or jewelry.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
What to expect after surgery
A splint is usually put over the nose to provide necessary support for the new shape. This is typically removed within 5-7 days. There is generally some swelling that can take several weeks to resolve, as well as slight bruising.
Are you interested in finding out more about how to prepare for rhinoplasty?
If you are in the San Francisco and Walnut Creek, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Andrew Barnett, MD for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Barnett at www.drbarnett.com, or by calling (415) 943-0749 for either location.