Rhinoplasty Pre-op Instructions: What Patients Should Know

A rhinoplasty can make a world of difference. Removing a bump on the bridge, altering the size of the nostrils, and changing the angle of the tip of the nose can improve your appearance. Yet many patients do not realize that the results of a rhinoplasty can be affected by what happens before surgery.

Our team would like to consider the pre-op phase before a rhinoplasty is performed at our San Mateo, CA practice. As you're about to read, this can be a crucial part of looking your very best.

Healing Begins before Surgery

Patients can do a lot to prepare for a surgical procedure. Pre-op instructions are essentially in place to ensure comfort while healing, to reduce the severity of side effects, and to prevent complications from occurring.

More detailed pre-op instructions can be provided during the consultation process, but the basics covered below offers some idea of what's expected of rhinoplasty patients prior to surgery.

Ask for Time Off from Work

Patients who undergo rhinoplasty will need time off from their jobs to heal properly. Two weeks tends to be ideal. Additional time may be necessary in certain types of occupations, particularly those that involve physical exertion and risk of facial injury.

Avoid Smoking and Tobacco Products

Cigarettes, cigars, and chewing tobacco have a negative impact on recovery time. Tobacco products can also increase the risk of infection. Be sure to avoid using all tobacco products for at least two weeks before surgery and for a few weeks after surgery.

Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

Like tobacco products, alcoholic beverages have a negative impact on healing and recovery. Avoid having alcoholic beverages two weeks prior to surgery and for a few weeks after surgery.

Avoid Taking Certain Medications

Blood-thinners, aspirin, and other kinds of medications can increase the risk of complications. Your surgeon will discuss various prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you will want to avoid before you undergo surgery.

Fill Prescriptions and Run Errands

Before surgery, you'll want to fill prescriptions, do laundry, buy groceries, and finish any other errands ahead of time. Preparing for post-op recovery means less stress and more ability to focus on rest.

Arrange for Transportation to and from Surgery

After a rhinoplasty, a patient will not be in any fit state to drive a vehicle. Be sure to arrange for transportation to and from the surgery. This is just a common sense way to ensure your safety.

Ask a Loved One to Be Present during Recovery

Prior to surgery, ask a loved one if they can stay with you for the first days after the rhinoplasty is performed. They can help run errands around the home and provide emotional support during this crucial post-op period.

What to Do the Night before Your Rhinoplasty

Prior to surgery, patients should relax and get a good night's rest. There may be special instructions with regard to fasting and liquid consumption, and these instructions should be followed closely.

What to Do before Going for Your Rhinoplasty

Be sure to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes to your surgery, and to avoid wearing makeup, perfume/cologne, lotion, or creams. Avoid wearing jewelry and other accessories as well. Arrive at the practice in a relaxed state and with a positive attitude.

Learn More about Rhinoplasty

If you would like to learn more about rhinoplasty and whether or not it's an ideal option for you and your aesthetic goals, be sure to contact an experienced facial plastic surgeon today. Our team looks forward to your visit and going over all of your concerns in greater detail.

August 16, 2017 - by: Dr. John Griffin | TOPICS: Face