How Should I Prepare for My Rhinoplasty?
Published on November 15, 2018 by Andrew Barnett
Nasal surgery can be done for cosmetic purposes such as changing the size, shape, or angle of your nose but it can also be done to improve breathing problems. Whatever the reason you’re interested in having a rhinoplasty, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. With just a few simple preparations you can limit potential complications and ensure a faster healing time.
One of the most important aspects of your rhinoplasty is choosing a skilled surgeon that can help you achieve the look and feel you want. Dr. Barnett has extensive experience in both cosmetic and reconstructive nasal surgery.
At the time of your consultation, you’ll undergo several routine medical examinations, and we’ll discuss your candidacy for the procedure. Generally, I will perform an internal nasal examination and perform computerized imaging to show you the anticipated result of your surgery.
At your pre-operative visit, usually about two weeks prior to surgery, you’ll meet with me and then our patient counselor, Laurie, for approximately 30-45 minutes to review the upcoming surgery and everything you need to do before and after to assure the best result and an easy recovery. Rhinoplasty is not a painful surgery, and the recovery is relatively easy, but there are some important steps. We put those instructions in writing for you, but we also review them in detail. Below are some pointers that apply to almost everyone – but your “custom” instructions will be part of the pre-operative visit.
Two Weeks Prior
Three weeks before your rhinoplasty surgery, you’ll be asked to avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and other potential blood-thinning medications or supplements. Smoking should also be avoided at least 2-weeks before and after your procedure.
Now’s also a good time to arrange for someone to drive you home after your surgery. We don’t allow you to go home without a friend or family member, and Uber and Lyft drivers don’t count as friends!!! Ideally, you’ll have a friend or family member that can stay overnight with you but that’s not essential.
One Week Prior
One week before your surgery! It’s time to plan ahead by filling prescriptions and loading up on plenty of entertainment and soft foods for a relaxing recovery time. In most cases, you will be able to return to work or school 1-week after your rhinoplasty. Most patients who are able to work remotely are back in the virtual office two days after surgery.
Beyond his very impressive education and training, Dr. Barnett approaches his patients from an artistic perspective rather than strictly procedural. He takes into consideration how each procedure will affect the overall result, which gives a very natural outcome. I interviewed several doctors before choosing him, and he did not disappoint! Professional and direct, yet warm and communicative. His staff is extremely accommodating and always there to patiently answer questions. A+++++!
Day Before Surgery
Today is the day to finalize travel arrangements to and from your surgery. Otherwise, relax and get a good night’s sleep before your big day. Do not eat or drink after midnight on the day prior to your rhinoplasty.
Day Of Surgery
When completing your morning routine, skip all lotions, makeup, and hair products. Thoroughly wash your face to eliminate potential bacteria. Avoid swallowing water when brushing your teeth. If you are taking medications (Dr. Barnett will review this with you) you may take a sip of water with the pills.
Arrive to your surgery at least 1 1/2-hours beforehand to fill out paperwork and complete a routine pre-op check-up. Plan to take the ENTIRE DAY off. Your surgery will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete, but you may require monitoring for several additional hours. We will provide you with a schedule, including the anticipated discharge time, at your pre-op visit.
A follow-up appointment will be scheduled 4-7 days after your nasal surgery. Splints, and stitches will likely be removed at this time. Packing, if used, will be removed by you (it’s easy!) on the day following surgery. We’ll give you instructions on how to do it.
Ready to look and feel your best? Schedule a consultation to discuss your options today. Consultations are available in both our San Francisco and Walnut Creek offices. You may schedule for either location by calling (415) 362-1221. Renee or Laurie will help you and answer any pre-consultation questions you may have!