The thought of undergoing a rhinoplasty can be a pretty exciting, yet nerve wracking feeling. The best way to overcome these nerves is by being mentally and physically prepared, and informed in every way possible.
At your initial consultation with your plastic surgeon, he/she is likely to ask you what you wish to achieve from this surgery. You should be prepared to explain to your doctor in exactly what you want in detail. You must be aware that the doctor is limited by the external and internal structures of the nose. Although they can improve the appearance of it, they cannot just create a new nose. After the doctor examines your nose, he/she will explain what can be done to improve and perfect your nose. If the doctor fully understands the results you wish to achieve, he’ll be able to tell you if your goals and expectations are realistic.
It is important that you tell your doctor if you have previously had an injury to your nose or any type of surgery on your nose, even if it was a long time ago. Your plastic surgeon should also be aware of any breathing difficulties or allergies you may have. If you have heart, lung, or liver disease, poor circulation, diabetes, smoke, take certain medications, or have a history of blood clots, you are at a higher risk for complications. It is essential that you explain your medical history in detail when speaking to your doctor.
For about three weeks before your scheduled surgery date, it is important that you quit smoking to reduce the risk of complications. It is recommended that you do not continue smoking after your surgery either. Smoking has been shown to cause poor healing and cause scars. You should also arrange for a loved one to drive you from the hospital and take care of you the first few days after surgery. Your doctor will give you a list of prescriptions you must get, these should be filled before your surgery. Eating healthy before your surgery is always a good idea. Feeding your body the right nutrients and vitamins will help your body adapt to the changes that are being made and help you recover faster. Water is also very important. You must stay hydrated before and after surgery.
It is likely that your doctor will provide you with a list of things you should and should not do before surgery. As long as you do as your doctor says, things should go smooth and surgery should be a breeze!
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