Preparing For Rhinoplasty Surgery
Rhinoplasty can change the size, shape, and general appearance of the nose. Before the surgery, there are various essential steps that the patient can undertake to ensure a safer surgery and recovery, reduce discomfort after the procedure, and decrease the risks of complications
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes provides rhinoplasty to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and surrounding locations.
Following a Healthy Diet Plan
In the weeks before the procedure, it is essential for patients to consume a healthy, well-balanced diet. Adequate nutrition will enhance healing, strengthen immunity, and reduce the risk of infection. Patients should eat lots of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and grains.
Nutritional supplements can also be advantageous. Surgeons may prescribe certain supplements such as bromelain, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Patients will need to avoid taking certain foods and supplements that may delay healing and create surgical complications. Notably, patients should avoid consuming ginger, ginkgo, ginseng, and vitamin E supplements. Certain herbal and homeopathic supplements can lead to complications regarding anesthesia. Therefore, patients should consult with their surgeons prior to taking additional nutrition.
Alcohol can impact the liver’s ability to function properly. So, several surgeons recommend that patients should refrain from drinking in the weeks before the rhinoplasty surgery.
Prescription and Non-Prescription Medications
Patients should disclose to their surgeons all the medications that they are currently taking while preparing for the surgery. Specific medications can create issues before or after the procedure. The surgeon may take the patient off the medication temporarily or prescribe alternatives that are safer. Patients should particularly avoid blood thinners, aspirin, and ibuprofen.
The use of tobacco slows the flow of blood within the body. This means that oxygen cannot reach the location of the incisions rapidly. This situation causes smokers to face significantly longer recovery periods and heightened risks of infection as well as unfavorable scarring. While smokers are not disqualified from a rhinoplasty procedure due to tobacco use, they must stop smoking for a minimum of two weeks before and after the procedure.
The recovery period for rhinoplasty can last for a few weeks. Therefore, the patient should make adequate preparations. Specifically, they should take a minimum of one week’s leave from work and arrange for a ride back home after the rhinoplasty surgery.
The patient should try to enlist someone to stay with them for the first one or two days to help with daily chores. Chewing can become uncomfortable after the surgery. Therefore, the patient should purchase adequate amounts of soft food for the initial period post-surgery.
Day of the Surgery
The night before the rhinoplasty, the patient should ensure they get proper rest. They should not eat or drink after midnight. The patient should wash their hair and face before arriving at the surgical center or hospital to prevent bacterial contamination. For similar reasons, the patient should not apply makeup or other cosmetic products.
Patients should be frank with their surgeon about their desired results. They should review rhinoplasty before and after photos, interact with former patients via internet forums, and learn about the procedure from the surgeon’s website.
Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Bakersfield, California, and nearby areas for rhinoplasty.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Double Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey R. Keyes, please contact us at (800) 859-7509. Offices in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, CA.
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