While we have many specific pre and post care instructions and techniques that all contribute to your nose surgery being a success, and while recommendations are provided to each patient on an individualised basis, we’ve outlined some general recommendations and tips that you can follow to best prepare for your rhinoplasty surgery – in the weeks leading in, and on the day of surgery.
If you are a smoker – now is the time to stop (at least 4 weeks before your procedure) Nicotine impedes the healing process. If you feel that you cannot quit we urge you to discuss your smoking with your surgeon well in advance of having your rhinoplasty surgery so that you can understand the impact this may have on your recovery and results.
There are certain medications and supplements that you should cease at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, and for several weeks after. These include things like aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E and some herbal supplements. If you are on any type of meal replacement program, you may need to cease or make adjustments to this also. We strongly suggest that you discuss with your surgeon, any meal replacement plans you may be on along with all of the medications you are taking (herbal, non-herbal and prescription) so that they may advise you on which are safe to continue taking and which ones you will need to cease taking (and for how long).
Stock up on any regular prescriptions and medications ahead of your surgery date if possible. Discuss these with your surgeon ahead of time and try to be as organised as possible with what you may need ahead of your surgery date. It is important that you rest at home after surgery to reduce the risk of bleeding so will need others to shop for you, so it will be easier to be prepared beforehand.
Buy a good lip conditioner/balm and ensure you have plenty of your favourite beverages on hand. Your nose will be out of action (from a breathing perspective) for a while and as a result your mouth can often get dry from continually breathing through it. So keep your lips (and body) well hydrated.
Make sure you are 100% comfortable with your rhinoplasty procedure and what you are hoping to achieve. The weeks leading in to your nose surgery is the time you want to feel satisfied that you and your plastic surgeon are on the same page. There is absolutely no reason to not discuss any worries or concerns you have about your upcoming procedure. If you are feeling anxious, schedule another appointment with your surgeon to alleviate any fears you may have or to ask additional questions.
Arrange transportation for after your surgery. As with any surgery, you will not be permitted to drive after the surgery has taken place, and possibly for days or several weeks post surgery.
Ensure you have a carer to help you for the first few days post surgery. In some cases you may need help on hand for slightly longer. Organise a friend or relative to come and stay with you for a few days so that you have someone to support you, pick the kids up from school, walk the dog, help prepare your meals and drinks and someone who can help you keep track of your medications, and any post-surgical instructions that your surgeon may want you to adhere to.
Take care of any stressful work or strenuous activity BEFORE going in for surgery. You will be advised to avoid heavy lifting and sports for some time post op so get everything done to give yourself adequate time to rest and recuperate.
Bring practical clothing to wear home from your nose surgery. If possible avoid anything that you will need to lift over your head. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended.
Remember there is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when it comes to something as important as rhinoplasty nose surgery and your resulting appearance. To find out more or to book a consultation with a Melbourne Plastic Surgeon, submit an enquiry via our website or phone 03 9592 0522.
The Skin Institute
Brighton Plastic Surgery
206 New Street Brighton Victoria 3186