I have my first ever Rhinoplasty booked in 2 weeks time. I'm pretty nervous and wondered if anyone can give my any tips on recovery, or any tips on things I can do to prepare to ensure everything goes as smooth as possible? Thank you for your time.
Tips for Rhinoplasty Recovery?
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Best rhinoplasty recovery
Everybody recovers differently following surgery. Patients generally follow a "bell curve" when it comes to post operative recovery with the majority of patients falling into the uneventful category. To insure that your recovery and surgical outcome go as smoothly as possible it is important to follow your surgeon's guidelines. Decrease your activity level, the use of ice, arnica, and head elevation at night have helped with my patient's post-operative course. Healing takes a long time and my suggestion after the first few weeks is that if the activity you are participating in causes you discomfort or increased pressure about your nose, you should probably stop doing it until you can perform the task more easily.
Follow the pre-op and post-op routine carefully.
A good post-op result also depends on good pre-op preparation. Patients need to be in good health with good nutrition. This means get your rest and eat appropriately. A surgical patient's body will need the energy and the nutrients to heal. I have my patients avoid blood thinners (aspirin and the like), avoid vitamin E, and avoid most if not all supplements at least a week pre-op. And it should go without saying that being nicotine-free is essential!
For post-op, it's really a matter of resting up, head higher than the heart for the first few days, ointment to the incision, avoid bumping the nose (pets, bed mates, small children: watch out!), avoid workouts and straining for two weeks, and call the office with questions.
BUT! These are my instructions for my patients. Each of us will have a slightly different regimen that works for our specific approach. Do what your surgeon tells you, not what I tell you (unless I'm your surgeon). Our instructions are not for our amusement--they affect the final result.
Tips for rhinoplasty recovery
It is important to discontinue the use of any aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and herbal supplements two weeks before and two weeks after your rhinoplasty surgery. It is acceptable to be active but no true exercise for two weeks after the surgery. It is also important not to have any packing placed inside your nose.
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Talk to Your Surgeon!
Make sure you understand everything related to post-op care before you actually undergo the surgery. Ask your surgeon to allow you to talk to a previous patient of theirs to find out tips. Generically try to avoid overdoing it in the first week, stay elevated at all times, avoid blowing your nose, do not rub at the base of your nose with a tissue or your hands, and avoid medications that might make you nauseated or those which might cause blleding. And above all do not bend at the waist or lift anything heavy.
Choose a good surgeon
Rhinoplasty is pretty easy physiologically on the patient. There's almost no blood loss and surprisingly little post-operative pain. The problem with rhinoplasty is that it is a hard operation to do and get predictably good results. If you have chose a good surgeon, you have nothing to worry about. Convalescence will be a snap.
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