Preparing for Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a major surgical procedure and patients considering the procedure should prepare accordingly. When considering rhinoplasty, patients will meet with a surgeon at least once before the actual date of the surgery for a consultation and health assessment. During this consultation, the surgeon will gather information about the patient’s general health and his or her family history of health concerns as well.

The Consultation

During the consultation, the surgeon will assess the patient’s emotional health as well. Rhinoplasty should not be undertaken by those who are not emotionally sound as they prepare for the surgery. Additionally, the surgeon will outline the procedure for the patient while explaining the likely outcome. Through a frank discussion with the surgeon, the patient should leave the initial consultation with realistic expectations for the procedure as well as guidelines to prepare physically for the surgery.

Chief among these guidelines will be a request or requirement by the surgeon for the patient to stop smoking. Patients who smoke are more likely to experience complications from the surgery including excessive bleeding and unusually slow healing times. Patients will be advised to stop taking any medications or supplements that inhibit the blood’s natural abilities to clot or coagulate. The surgeon may even restrict substances like red wine or aspirin that may make the blood thinner which can lead to excessive bleeding.

Preparations for Rhinoplasty

On the day of the surgery, the patient should arrive for the appointment with a friend or family member. The patient will be unable to drive him or herself home following the procedure due to the use of general anesthesia. The family member will help drive the patient home and assist with the first twenty-four hours of care. The patient should wear a shirt that buttons down the front or back as well to the procedure. This will make it far easier to dress and remove the shirt without disturbing the packing and bandages of the face.