In addition to the above mentioned examinations, there is a set of rhinoplasty preparation tips that help you to experience a better procedure and see the best results. Read on and learn all you need to do before heading to the hospital.
Don’t take aspirin, ibuprofen, and vitamin E!
Two weeks before the rhinoplasty, you should avoid taking certain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as vitamin E, because they may lead to excessive bleeding during the operation.
You should also stop using herbal supplements and fish oil. These kinds of medications are blood-thinning and will cause excessive bleeding during the surgery. You are only allowed to take medicines prescribed by your doctor.
Stop smoking 2-3 weeks before the surgery
It does not matter if you smoke or you are frequently exposed to second-hand smoke. Nicotine leads to serious complications during the procedure.
With smoking, carbon dioxide negatively affects your vessels and nicotine restrains the amount of oxygen to reach different parts of your body. It could result in some complications during the surgery and delayed or improper healing.
Skin loss, scarring, anesthesia risks, and even infection are among the other side effects of nicotine. To avoid such problems, your doctor may advise you to stop smoking 2 or 3 weeks before rhinoplasty. As a rule of thumb, the more time you avoid nicotine before surgery, the better results you will get.
Stop drinking alcohol 2 weeks before the surgery
Just like smoking, alcohol exerts detrimental effects on the safety of the rhinoplasty. It would be better to stop drinking alcohol at least one week before the surgery. The longer, the better.
Drinking alcohol before the rhinoplasty could result in serious complications. Alcohol also thins your blood and could potentially breed problems during the surgery, such as anesthesia risks or uncontrolled excessive bleeding.
Increase your protein intake
Your diet before rhinoplasty is very important and should be taken seriously as you are getting prepared for the surgery.
It is highly recommended to start eating foods highly rich in protein, such as eggs, meat, soy, and chicken at least 3 weeks before the surgery. Protein speeds up the healing process and helps patients to overcome the trauma of surgery.
Don’t eat or drink anything before the surgery
Your surgeon will probably ask you to be fasting when visiting the hospital for surgery. Typically, you’ll be asked not to eat or drink anything from after midnight before the surgery because you would have a safer surgery with an empty stomach. This is because, during the anesthesia, your body cannot prevent the contents of your stomach from entering the lungs, causing breathing problems for you.
Take a shower the night before your nose surgery
Having a shower the night before surgery reduces the risk of infection during the operation. For taking a shower, use antiseptic or other recommended soap to rid your skin of any bugs or bacteria. Make sure you do not use any perfumes, lotions, and cream after the shower.
Shave your skin two or three days before the surgery
Avoid shaving your skin a day before the surgery. Do it at least two days before rhinoplasty to prevent surgical site infection.
Shaving could damage your skin at a microscopic level. It causes tiny wounds on your skin that are channels where bacteria could grow and cause infection during the surgery. So, make sure you have shaved the surgical site (the mustache for men) two or three days before the procedure.
Do not use makeup and jewelry
Heading to hospital, you should not be wearing any make-up, nail polish and hair product. Otherwise, your doctor may be misled about detecting hypoxemia (low level of oxygen in the blood.)
Furthermore, remove all your jewelry and contact lenses before the operation as they are breeding ground for bacteria, and they could cause infection during the surgery.
Getting ready for the surgery is an important step you shouldn’t ignore!
Be cautious of your allergies
It may be wise to postpone your rhinoplasty if you are suffering from seasonal allergy. People suffering from such allergies usually end up experiencing difficulties in the healing process and postoperative care.
If you are suffering from seasonal allergy, consult with your doctor to schedule another date when your allergy symptoms are not severe.
Make arrangements in advance
After the surgery, you are not allowed to drive or leave alone. Therefore, you need to make the necessary arrangements in advance.
If you are traveling abroad for rhinoplasty, make sure to book your hotel, doctor’s appointment, and flight beforehand. If you get your nose job surgery organized by AriaMedTour, we’ll make all the arrangements for you, from picking you from the airport to 24/7 support before and after your surgery.
We have provided you with some rhinoplasty preparation tips and things you should know to prepare for the surgery. For a smooth surgery, however, patients are recommended to learn as much as possible about every aspect of a nose surgery.
Getting advice from people who have had the same surgery can also be of great help. The more informed you are about rhinoplasty, the less anxiety you will have before the surgery. Finally, strictly following your surgeon’s instructions both before and after surgery is vital to a successful nose job
If you have other questions not covered in this post, do not hesitate to contact us.