Considering a rhinoplasty? Odds are you’ve done a lot of research about the procedure itself, but the before and after a rhinoplasty are just as important. Unlike a “liquid rhinoplasty” or non-surgical rhinoplasty, the surgical kind is a major surgery, and you’ll want to know what to expect and what you can do to make sure your rhinoplasty procedure goes as smoothly as possible. You also want to make sure you minimize side effects and expedite the healing process. In this blog, we’ll go over what you should do before and after a rhinoplasty.
Before a rhinoplasty
Research your doctor well: This is an important step in preparing for a rhinoplasty. Research your potential plastic surgeon well. Look at before and after photos of rhinoplasties they’ve performed. Not only that, but you also should check to see that they have extensive experience working with the type of rhinoplasty you’re interested in.
For example, if you’re getting a rhinoplasty for breathing issues, do they have extensive experience in doing medically necessary rhinoplasties? Or do they do them mostly for cosmetic reasons? If you’re looking for a cosmetic rhinoplasty, do they have experience working on the type of changes you’re looking to see? Look at reviews from other patients. Don’t be afraid to “shop around” and have consultations with a few plastic surgeons before you settle on one you feel confident in.
Find out costs: Costs will differ from doctor to doctor. Remember that this is not an area you will want to “bargain hunt” in. That being said, keep in mind that the most expensive will not always equal the best quality. Rhinoplasty costs should be a consideration, but keep
Communicate your wants with your doctor: Take into consideration your plastic surgeon’s suggestions as well. A good plastic surgeon will take your wants and needs into consideration and make recommendations based on their experience and knowledge.
Follow all pre-surgery instructions: Understand that all the instructions your plastic surgeon provides you with have a reason. Before a rhinoplasty, you may need to stop certain medications (with the greenlight of the prescribing doctor). Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking for a week before your procedure. You also should be gentle with the skin on your face, and avoid strong skincare products a week before your surgery. Of course, continue to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage.
Learn more by checking out our Before Surgery Checklist.
After your rhinoplasty
Don’t rush recovery: After any surgical procedure, your body needs time to heal. While you can resume most daily activities soon after, stay away from exercise, heavy lifting, or unnecessary exertion for about two weeks following your rhinoplasty.
Be gentle with your nose: Avoid blowing, roughly wiping, or rubbing your nose for about two to three weeks after your surgery. If you have a runny nose, gently dab it with tissue to clear up any secretions.
Minimize swelling: After the surgery, you can expect a lot of swelling. You can ensure it doesn’t get as bad by avoiding reclining fully flat. Instead, sleep at an angle where your head is higher than your heart. You can use an ice pack as needed to help with swelling.
As always, consult with your doctor if you have any questions or concerns either before or after your rhinoplasty.