What Patients Can Do Before Rhinoplasty for Ideal Recovery
By Peter Brownrigg on July 11, 2015
Dr. Peter Brownrigg is a leading cosmetic plastic surgeon in the Ottawa area, offering some of the finest facial rejuvenation and reconstructive surgery in the region. Rhinoplasty (nose job) remains one of the most popular surgical procedures, improving facial feature balance and overall facial symmetry.
We'd like to focus on the pre-operative process for patients before their surgery is performed as these preparatory matters are just as important as post-surgical instructions in many ways.
Pre-Operative Instructions Are Crucial for Proper Healing
When your surgeon provides you with pre-operative instructions, it's of the utmost importance that you follow these instructions to the letter. The pre-operative instructions are important for preventing complications and reducing the severity of various side effects. In many ways, the healing process begins before your surgery thanks to these pre-operative instructions.
Avoid Using Tobacco Products and Drinking Alcohol
Both tobacco products and alcoholic beverages can have a negative impact on your healing time and overall recovery experience, making infections and other complications more likely. It's for this reason that patients are asked to avoid both tobacco and alcohol for at least two weeks leading into their surgery. Patients should also avoid tobacco and alcohol for a few weeks after their surgery is performed in order to avoid complications.
Fill Prescriptions Ahead of Time
The pre-operative instructions provided generally offer means of helping patients maximize their rest and relaxation after surgery. This means avoiding anything that would result in major stress or discomfort. Patients should consider filling their prescriptions a week to a few days before their surgery.
Run Errands Ahead of Time
Another way of reducing stress as you heal is to run errands around your home before the date of your surgery. This includes doing laundry, buying groceries, changing your linens, and so forth. By getting all of this done before surgery, your focus will be on your healing process.
Arrange for Transportation from a Loved One
After you undergo a rhinoplasty, you will not be in a fit state to operate a vehicle. Be sure to have a loved one assist you to and from the surgery, which will make sure that you get home safe and sound in order to heal without worry.
Have a Loved One Present as You Recover
In addition to having a loved one to get you to and from your surgery, it's helpful to have a loved one with you in your first few days of recovery. He or she will be able to run errands, help around the house, and provide moral and emotional support when you need it.
What to Do on the Night Before Your Surgery
The night before your rhinoplasty, be sure to get a good night's rest and ensure that you have everything you need for the surgical recovery period. You may be asked to fast the night before your surgery if the procedure will be performed early in the morning. Pay attention to these matters carefully.
What to Do on the Morning of Your Surgery
On the morning of your surgery, be sure to take a shower and clean thoroughly. Do not wear perfume or cologne before, and be sure to avoid using facial creams or lotions. Wear loose, comfortable-fitting clothes and be sure to leave any jewelry and unnecessary accessories at home.
Learn More About Rhinoplasty
If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and how it can help you achieve a better overall appearance, it's important that you contact our plastic surgery center today. We look forward to your visit and helping you make the best decisions about your aesthetic goals and options.
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