A rhinoplasty can correct or eliminate birth defects, damages sustained as a result of an accident or injury, and breathing problems. Before you undergo this surgery, there are preparations you need to consider.
Before your surgery, discuss with your doctor what you need to do and keep this list handy.
- Eliminate any foods and medications that’ll impact clotting
- Don’t consume any alcohol three days prior to surgery
- Avoid stressful situations
After Surgery Preparation
Your activities after your procedure are going to be restricted. Get everything you’ll need post-surgery prior to your appointment. Here is a brief list to consider:
- Medications. Purchase all the medications you will need after your surgery before you go in for your procedure. Although your doctor will supply you with the medicines you need while under her/his care, you will need to fill a prescription to begin taking postoperatively.
- Bruising/Scar Cream. Your doctor may provide you with some suggested creams to eliminate bruising and scarring. Choose one that does not include alcohol or harsh chemicals.
- Adult Sipping Cup. The last thing you want is to hit the bridge of your nose with a cup while trying to drink from it. A cup with a built in straw or extended mouth will help eliminate the chances of this happening.
- Ice packs. You will experience swelling around your nose, eyes, and upper cheek areas. Keep ice on it as much as possible. You don’t want to use anything heavy or that will cause you discomfort, so consider gel ice packs.
- Foods. What you are allowed to consume after surgery may also be restricted. Discuss this with your surgeon and purchase the foods you can eat ahead of time. Crunchy foods are a no-no after rhinoplasty.
- Face Wipes. It’s going to be at least two weeks before you can wash your face properly again. Even after your cast is removed, your doctor will more than likely instruct you to avoid harsh chemicals or direct pressure and to wash gently.
- U-Pillow/Travel Pillow. Because you won’t be able to sleep in the same position you normally sleep in until you heal completely, invest in a travel pillow that is u-shaped. It will allow you to sleep in a postoperative position with minimal movement.
- Mouthwash. You’re going to be breathing through your mouth for a while. Since it is moist, this is a breeding ground for bacteria and germs. Use a mouthwash, preferably antibacterial but alcohol free.
- Throat Lozenges/Spray. Your throat will become dry as well. Use a spray to combat that. Throat lozenges can be used, but do not attempt to chew them, even when they seem small enough that you can. Discard them instead.
- Entertainment. Depending on where you plan to complete your recovery, there may not be much available to help you pass the time.
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