Preparing for Rhinoplasty Surgery
Closely following pre-operative instructions for your rhinoplasty procedure is vital to protecting your safety during surgery and to help you achieve optimal results. Our facial plastic surgeon, Matthew White, MD, provides each rhinoplasty patient with clear pre-op guidelines. He carefully explains each instruction and details why it is important for you to be diligent about adhering to his requests.
Once you have decided to undergo rhinoplasty and Dr. White has received your entire medical history and list of current medications, he will ask that you abide by these directives to prepare for your procedure and recovery:
- Avoid any medications that thin the blood, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, and other anticoagulants in the two weeks prior to surgery.
- Stop smoking and using any nicotine products two weeks before surgery. You must also remain nicotine-free during healing.
- Fill any prescriptions you will need after surgery.
- Arrange for a ride home after your procedure and for someone to look after you for a few days following surgery.
- Arrange a comfortable area for you to recover when you arrive home that allows you to rest while keeping your head elevated.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight before your surgery.
- Wear comfortable clothing that can be easily removed without having to pull items over your head.
- Make sure you have plenty to drink after surgery as your mouth will be unusually dry during recovery.
If you have any concerns or if you need clarification, Dr. White and his friendly team are always available for any last minute questions you may have leading up to your surgery.