Before undergoing a rhinoplasty, there are several steps the patient needs to take to prepare for the procedure.
The first step involves a detailed consultation with the surgeon, where the patient will discuss his or her goals. Any necessary laboratory tests, such as a blood test, will be given at this time.
Patients will also undergo a physical examination, where the surgeon will examine the skin and the inside and outside of the nose to determine what changes he or she needs to make during surgery. It is important during this time that the patient discusses his or her medical history with the surgeon to identify any risk factors. For example, a history of breathing problems or nasal obstruction could affect the success of the procedure.
Prior to surgery, a member of the surgeon’s staff will take photos of the patient’s nose from several different angles. The surgeon will use these photos and computer editing software to show the patient his or her potential postoperative results.
The surgeon will ask the patient to prepare for rhinoplasty by avoiding certain medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, for up to 2 weeks prior to and after surgery to lower the risk of increased bleeding during the procedure. Stopping smoking before surgery will decrease the risk of infection and speed up the healing process.
Since rhinoplasty is typically an outpatient procedure that requires anesthesia, the surgeon may ask the patient to make arrangements for someone to drive him or her home on the day of surgery. A friend or family member should also stay with the patient for 1 to 2 days after surgery to assist with day-to-day responsibilities as they recover.