Ask a doctor

Concerned about Getting Cold / Flu Before Rhinoplasty, How Will This Affect my Surgery?

My Breast Aug. and Rhino is this Thurs, 9/29/11. I am concerned with becoming sick during this week. I work in a hotel bar where I come into contact with a lot of people. I work Monday and Tueday night and am taking Wednesday (the night before) off. Everyone around me is coming down with the flu or a cold or something. Some of the wait staff is becoming ill. If I were to become sick , how would this affect my surgery? I'm taking 1000 mg Vitamin C/day.

Doctor Answers 2

Concerned about Getting Cold / Flu Before Rhinoplasty, How Will This Affect my Surgery?

 Wash your hands frequently throughout the day and avoid touching things and then your mouth or nose until your hands are washed.  It's not an absolute contraindication for haviing a Rhinoplasty if you have a cold as long as your lungs are clear and you do not have a fever.  IMHO however, there may a slight increase in bleeding, during the Rhinoplasty, which could make the procedure more difficult for the Rhinoplasty Surgeon especially if he/she's not very experienced in Rhinoplasty Surgery.


Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Vitamin C is a good preoperative plan for avoiding illness

Vitamin C does help boost the immune system and is good to take prior to surgery. I start all of my patients on vitamin C 500mg three times a day for three days prior to their procedure. Wash your hands a lot and get plenty of rest and you should be fine. If you have a flu or temperature prior to your procedure then it would have to be rescheduled. Wishing you well and a healthy happy surgical day!

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 156 reviews

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.