Preparing for Rhinoplasty
Before Your Rhinoplasty
Pre-Op: Preparing for your rhinoplasty
Typically, this is your last chance to discuss your expectations with your plastic surgeon, so if you have any final questions or concerns, address them now. Take a few moments to review your desired outcome to make sure that you and your plastic surgeon are on the same page.
You should receive some detailed instructions on what you need to do to prepare for your surgery, including what kinds of medications you should take or avoid, foods and beverages to take or avoid and any other pre-op preparation you need to undertake. If you smoke, you will likely be asked to stop smoking several weeks before surgery. Smoking hinders the healing process, so it is imperative that you follow this advice.
Unless transportation is arranged by your plastic surgeon's office, you will probably have to arrange for a ride home. It is a good idea to make arrangements for someone to stay with you for a while after your surgery until such time as you can get around on your own. Even though it's just your nose that's out of commission, you will probably be groggy from the anesthesia. You also want to avoid getting up quickly because the changes in your blood pressure might cause bleeding or discomfort. If you don't have a friend or relative who can help you, ask your surgeon's office for information on post-surgery nursing services.
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