Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is commonly referred to as nose surgery. The goal of rhinoplasty is to create a natural and pleasing looking nose. Careful planning is needed before rhinoplasty surgery to ensure a balanced result.
Rhinoplasty surgery can be used to change the shape and contour of a nose, or for medical reasons such as correcting a deviated septum. Before rhinoplasty the best way to plan for your procedure is to talk with your surgeon who will prepare you for pre- and post-surgery treatment.
Surgical planning before rhinoplasty
Before rhinoplasty, when you meet with a nose specialist, you will be asked about your medical history. Be prepared to tell your doctor about your personal medical history and the medical history of your immediate family members. You will also need to share information such as if you are taking any medications and, if you are, what types of medications you are taking.
Next, your surgeon will perform a physical examination, which will ensure that the procedure will be safe for you and to determine what the surgery will entail in order to make the changes that you desire.
Be sure to clearly discuss what types of changes you are hoping to make. Your rhinoplasty specialist will know what types of questions to ask in order to find out the exact types of changes you are hoping for.
Getting ready to go to the hospital before rhinoplasty
Before the day of the surgery, make sure that you plan ahead to allow enough time for recovery. While many nose jobs are performed on an outpatient basis, you should plan to spend the day at home since the necessary sedation during surgery may cause temporary slowed-down reaction times post-surgery. You will also be able to stay in hospital overnight as needed.
It is imperative that someone picks you up from the hospital and that a friend or family member stays with you for at least the first night after surgery.
If you are a smoker, it is important to stop smoking before and after surgery, at least temporarily, in order to speed up the healing process.
According to the Mayo clinic, medications that contain ibuprofen, aspirin, Voltaren, and similar meds should be avoided completely about two weeks before and after the procedure.
If you have any questions about rhinoplasty surgery contact your local doctor, who will arrange for you to see a rhinoplasty specialist.