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Preparing For A Rhinoplasty: What To Consider

Are you prepared for your upcoming rhinoplasty? Although this procedure is carried out all over the world every day with very few complications, there are still some things you need to know before opting for this cosmetic surgery. If you’re booked in for a nose-shaping procedure, you should discuss what to expect from the surgery with your doctor or surgeon who will provide the information which you can take away and consider.

‘With the nose standing as the most prominent feature on our face,’ commented cosmetic surgeon Elena Prousskaia, ‘surgical procedures in that area can have a tremendous effect in harmonizing and beautifying the face that literally transform someone’s quality of life overnight. That said, any surgery is something to be considered with all the facts available, and of course utilizing the best surgeon you can find. As one of the most complex of all the cosmetic procedures, you really need to find someone with detailed experience in facial plastic surgery to entrust your transformation to.’

In addition to the medical advice you receive from your doctor or surgeon, here are four things to consider before your rhinoplasty procedure.

You Shouldn’t Take Certain Medications Before Your Rhinoplasty 

Before the surgery, your doctor will provide you with a pre-operative information packet that contains everything you need to know about the rhinoplasty procedure. This information packet may advise you against taking certain medications before the operation, such as aspirin, herbal supplements and anything containing alcohol. It’s often advised to stop taking these medications and substances two weeks prior to the surgery date, and not to take them until two weeks after. This is because they may inhibit blood clotting and cause difficulties during and after surgery. 

Someone Should Drive You Home From the Surgery  

You won’t be able to drive home after your rhinoplasty, so make sure you have someone with you to get you back safely. You won’t be able to any heavy lifting or strenuous activity for the three weeks following surgery, either, so you may wish to appoint someone as your caregiver during this time. Although rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure, it’s still a fairly major operation, and you must give yourself time to recover. 

Your Mouth Will Feel Dry As You Heal 

It’s a good idea to go shopping before your rhinoplasty so you have everything you need for the healing period. Bear in mind that you won’t be able to breathe easily through your nose for 2-4 weeks following the procedure, so your mouth may get dry as you breathe through it. Stock up on lip balms, bottles of water and other beverages to keep you hydrated, and keep plenty of ice on hand to soothe nasal swelling.

You May Feel Depressed After Surgery

Depression is a common side effect of cosmetic surgery and one that a lot of patients don’t see coming. Not only will you be dealing with the physical healing process that comes with surgery, but you’ll also be adjusting to the change in your appearance, and you may even doubt whether you’ve done the right thing. Rest assured that your nose will heal, and when it does you will be able to get on with your life as normal as a more confident you. If feelings of depression persist, be sure to speak to a trained mental health professional about your options.

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