Optimizing Safety in Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a popular surgery that improves the appearance of the nose or corrects functional issues associated with breathing. Because nose reshaping is a delicate procedure that requires a great deal of precision, it's important to keep safety in mind to achieve the best possible outcomes.
All members of The Rhinoplasty Society adhere to a strict set of safety guidelines to ensure patients receive the highest level of care. Below, our team members review how to optimize safety before and after going under the knife. Call now to schedule a surgical consultation and learn more.
How to prepare for a rhinoplasty consultation
A consultation is the first and one of the most important steps of the nose reshaping process. This appointment allows your rhinoplasty surgeon to assess the structure of your nose and develop a surgical plan that helps meet your end goals.
During this time, mention any relevant medical conditions and medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. Your surgeon also needs to know about any previous nose surgeries or procedures. Be sure to ask questions or voice concerns as they come up.
Patients should also be honest about their expectations. An experienced professional will have a realistic idea of what can be achieved with rhinoplasty surgery. They can explain what is possible given your unique anatomy.
How to prepare for rhinoplasty surgery
Once you've decided to move forward with rhinoplasty, there are several ways to prepare and ensure a smooth, successful procedure.
First, follow any instructions your surgeon provides about eating and drinking before surgery. Avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements as they increase your risk of bleeding.
Arrange for someone to drive you home after surgery and stay with you for at least the first 24 hours. Patients cannot drive themselves since they will be groggy from the anesthesia.
It's also a good idea to prepare a comfortable recovery area with plenty of pillows and ice packs. Have any necessary supplies on hand, such as easy-to-eat nutritious snacks, water, gauze, and ointment.
What to expect during rhinoplasty recovery
Rhinoplasty recovery may involve a splint to support your nose as it heals. You may also have packing materials inside the nostrils. These are a normal part of the recovery process and should be removed within a short period.
Bruising and swelling are also normal, and side effects will improve as time goes on. Most patients feel ready to return to work and other activities within a few weeks, but it may take a year for swelling to subside. Avoid strenuous workouts and contact sports for at least six weeks. This prevents complications and gives your nose time to heal properly.
Patients who experience concerning symptoms like fever, increasing pain, or excessive bleeding should contact their surgeon right away. A trained specialist will provide specific instructions on how to care for your nose as it heals.
Learn how to recover from nose reshaping
Rhinoplasty surgery is very safe when performed by a qualified, experienced surgeon. However, as with any surgery, there are some risks involved. By preparing for your consultation and following your surgeon's instructions during rhinoplasty recovery, you can minimize risks and ensure a successful outcome.
The Rhinoplasty Society is dedicated to ensuring the safety of our patients, and we are always available to answer questions. Call now to schedule a consultation.