Rhinoplasty is one of the more popular plastic surgeries for a reason. When performed by a skilled and experienced facial plastic surgeon, it can help improve the appearance of your nose, can help improve the way your nose works and can make you feel more confident. If you’re considering a nose job, knowing what to do before and after the surgery can help you best prepare for it and can help improve your results.
One of the most important things to do before rhinoplasty is to find a surgeon who specializes in the procedure. You want to look for a number of criteria when researching surgeons. Most importantly, you want to find a surgeon who is board certified in facial plastic surgery, which means he has completed a certain level of training and has demonstrated his experience.
Second, you want to make sure that your surgeon actually specializes in nasal surgeries. Some facial plastic surgeons prefer to focus on procedures that rejuvenate the face, others focus on both rejuvenation and nasal surgeries and still other focus solely on the nose. Ask the surgeon how often he performs nose jobs, when the last time was that he performed one and how many he performs each year.
All the experience and talent in the world don’t mean much if you’re not comfortable with the surgeon. You want to work with a doctor who makes you feel at ease. If you feel that you’re not being listened to or feel afraid to ask questions about your surgery or about what you can expect, it’s in your best interests, and the best interests of the doctor, for you to keep looking. Communication problems can have a negative impact on your results, and you don’t want that.
That said, don’t be afraid to speak up at any point during the process, if you have a concern or question. It’s important not only to know what to expect before surgery and after, but also what you can do to make yourself more comfortable or better prepared for it.
Your surgeon will most likely give you a list of medications that you should avoid in the weeks leading up to your surgery. The list will include common, over-the-counter medicines such as aspirin and ibuprofen (it’s OK to continue to take acetaminophen, as needed), as well as certain herbal supplements and vitamins.
Make sure you let the surgeon know about any medications you take on a regular basis, even if they don’t seem like they’d be a big deal. Some supplements interfere with your blood flow, which can increase your risk for complications. If you are on medicines that you can’t stop taking, you can discuss your options in greater detail with the surgeon.
Quit smoking at least two weeks before your nose job. Smoking reduces blood flow, which makes you more likely to have complications after surgery. Your surgeon will most likely be happy to discuss quitting tips or smoking cessation products to use to help you give it up.
Although you will have a week or so off after your surgery, that won’t be the time when you’ll feel up to tackling big projects. Take care of any big “to dos” before surgery, especially if they are projects that will require a lot of physical exertion. For example, if you’re planning on spring cleaning, do it before surgery or wait for at least a month afterwards.
Understanding the cost of rhinoplasty before you decide to go forward is essential. You also want to have an idea of how you’ll pay for the procedure. Financing is often available, and can take several forms, from medical credit programs to a personal loan for your bank. Ask your surgeon about the various costs involved, from the surgical fees to the anesthesia costs, and get a ballpark estimate before you commit.
You might not need an entirely new wardrobe before your surgery, but having a few shirts at the ready that you can take on and off without pulling over your head will help during the recovery. Stick with button front shirts during the first few weeks after surgery, to reduce the chance of accidentally bumping your nose.
Now is the time to call in some favors. You’ll want to have someone drive you to and from surgery. That person should ideally spend the first night with you, to make sure you’re OK and to help you get food, water, and other necessities. You might also want to find someone to handle basic chores around your house or to keep an eye on your children while you recover.
Depending on your viewpoint, the idea of skipping exercise for about four weeks after rhinoplasty is either terrific or terrible. Exercise increases blood pressure, which can affect your healing and recovery. Plus, some exercises increase your risk for getting bumped in the nose. Do yourself a favor and wait until you get the all clear to exercise.
If you’re considering rhinoplasty, the best thing to do is speak with a surgeon about what the procedure involves. Dr. Stephen P. Smith is a fourth generation facial plastic surgeon in Ohio who performs the surgery regularly. To get the full scoop on the procedure and the best ways to prepare for it, call 614-379-4010 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Smith today.