The nose takes up a prestigious and large space in the middle of people’s faces, and that makes it the first thing people stare when speaking to you. If the appearance of your nose for any reason is not the way you would like it to be, then there is something you can do about it. Maybe you don’t like the shape, size, or appearance. A nose job, called rhinoplasty would be your solution. Rhinoplasty requires you to take certain preparatory steps to help ensure that your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Besides, respecting some dos and don’ts will enable it to heal more quickly while reducing the risk of complications as well.
A nose job preparation is exactly what it sounds like. You cannot do a nose job without following the recommended preparation process that must begin once your two weeks schedule is set. The preparation also includes how to handle recovery after the surgical procedure. Apart from the health benefits, it will also be your opportunity to prepare yourself psychologically for the surgery and the next couple of months for complete healing.
Establish a Goal
First thing, you will need to determine a few things about your decision to do a nose job. You would need to answer the following questions: What do you need to change about your nose? Examine your nose on a mirror. Is there a bump on the ridge of your nose that you will like to get rid of? Take note of all that you want to get rid of. Nose job magazines or the internet may help you see the exact nose shape you desire.
Do Your Homework
When you determine fully what the new shape or size will look like, then settle down fully and learn about rhinoplasty procedure. Then, look for a qualified surgeon.
Surgery Blood Work
Blood work is one of the major first things to do during this preparation, and you can’t do without. Before the surgery finally happens and on the first days of your preparation, the surgeon will make sure your hemoglobin, creatine, electrolytes, and INR (blood clotting ability) are within normal levels. You will not have to fast before these blood tests.
Some surgeons might not be performing blood work in their clinics so they might only hand you a requisition form to take to the lab of your choice or a lab they will recommend.
If you have clocked 50 years of age, you’ll as well need to have an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) to ensure that you have a normal heart function.
If your EKG reveals any concerns or your blood levels are out of normal range, then your surgeon will have to determine the next steps.
Two Weeks Before Surgery
Your preparation for your rhinoplasty will begin two weeks before the final surgery day. It is always good to prepare fully, step by step. That will help avoid the trouble of a rush.
Two weeks before the surgery, you’ll have to arrange for:
- Get A Friend/Loved One To Drive You Home After Surgery
- Get A Friend/Loved One To Stay With You For At Least 24 Hours
- Childcare, If Necessary.
- Pet Care, If Necessary.
Required Changes To Make :
- Do not drink alcohol.
Alcohol will thin your blood, prolong healing and increase bruising.
- Do not smoke.
Nicotine will delay your recovery, and raise your chances of post-surgical complications.
- Do not take aspirin or ibuprofen.
They’ll interfere with your body’s normal blood clotting ability.
- Do not take herbal supplements.
Herbal supplements such as St. John’s wort, ginkgo biloba, ginseng, green tea extract, and garlic can interact harmfully with anesthesia.
One Week Before Surgery
As your surgery day approaches, cooking and freezing meals for easy preparation during recovery will be ideal.
Shopping For The Following Items Will Be Very Helpful For You During The Recovery Period :
- Refrigerated beverages, lip balm, and dry mouth lozenges; You will experience a dry mouth situation because you’ll have to use it for breathing all through.
- Laxative for stool softening (narcotic pain medication may result in constipation)
- Pick-up tool for retrieving things from the floor without bending
- Front-buttoning shirts (to avoid pulling anything over your face during recovery)
- Comfortable robe and/or pajamas
- Books, magazines, and movies to help you pass-time without boredom.
- Food, fruit, prepared meals (if you won’t be cooking your own)
- Saltine crackers, gelatin or pudding, soup, etc
Ensure that all the foods you eat are low in sodium in order not to increase fluid retention and swelling.
Night Before Surgery
The tasks that you perform during the night which precedes the nose job surgery are highly important for rhinoplasty preparation.
- Take a bath and wash your hair; After that, it may take a few days before you bath again. You don’t want the bandage getting wet
- You should neither eat nor drink anything within the final 8 hours leading up to your surgery. Even mere sips of water and chewing gum or any similar stuff shouldn’t be ingested.
- Your stomach will need to be completely empty, to ensure that there’s no chance for you regurgitating while under general anesthesia. Food or water could enter your lungs if your stomach isn’t empty.
- If you eat or drink during this restrictive 8 hour period, the procedure will certainly be canceled to save you from the catastrophe that might happen.
Day of Surgery
A few important preparation steps will lead you to the nose job surgery.
- Do not wear jewelry, any makeup or contact lenses.
- Wear loose and relaxed clothing.
The surgeon will provide you with a series of instructions, recommendations, and detailed pre-operative instructions before your surgery commence.