Choosing the Surgeon
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures today. Before deciding to go in for Rhinoplasty, make sure that you have exhausted your pros and cons. Internet can be a blessing as it will provide extensive information about the risks and dangers of rhinoplasty. Choose a surgeon who instills confidence in you and takes the time to explain everything about the procedure. Choose someone who is experienced and can show you his /her previous work done on other patients. Do some research on the costs involved and check if your insurance can cover it. Check if you can be a candidate for non surgical Rhinoplasty as this is much less painful and takes very little time to recover.
When to Schedule
In case there is no other option but surgery, seek your doctor’s advice regarding the date to be fixed for your surgery. Make sure it is at a time when you can take extra time off from work, if required, to recover. Also ensure that you have someone close to you in case you need any help after the surgery.
Meeting with the Surgeon
Before scheduling rhinoplasty, you must meet with your surgeon to discuss important factors like your medical history, your expectations, and your medications. At your consultation, the surgeon will explain to you in detail the procedure, risks and restrictions, expenses involved and the recovery time. A medical examination is conducted and surgeon will help you prepare yourself both physically and mentally for rhinoplasty. If you have any doubts about the surgery you can always ask your doctor to explain it to you. Also make sure you clarify with your surgeon that your case does not qualify for non surgical rhinoplasty as this is a better option than surgery.
You will be advised to stop certain medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) for two weeks before and after surgery. These medications may increase bleeding. You will also be asked to stop smoking as it increases chance of infection after surgery. Make sure you buy the prescriptions you need after surgery beforehand and are easy to access.
Arrangements for the day of the surgery
As you will be given anesthesia, you may find it hard to remember on some occasions or not be able to judge correctly while moving. It is therefore necessary to have someone with you to care for you for a night or two after the surgery. Follow instructions regarding food and drink before and after surgery strictly.
Make sure you are fully healthy at the time of surgery. Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery as it will delay the healing process after surgery. Sleep full eight hours and make sure you are well hydrated as this will help your skin incision to heal faster. Make sure you do not have to go shopping immediately after surgery, so make sure your fridge and kitchen are stocked up. Ask someone to check up on you after surgery just in case you need help. Also do not drive after surgery, so you will need to get a designated driver after surgery to take you home. Your clothes before surgery should be something that does not have to go over your face like a turtleneck or a T-shirt.
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