Commonly referred to as a ‘nose job’, this procedure will reconstruct the nose’s figure to enhance its functionality and/or improve one’s appearance. Patients will require a rhinoplasty for either medical or cosmetic reasons.
A rhinoplasty would be a viable option for people who feel at unease with their nose’s appearance, and require its shape to be reduced, augmented, or just simply rearranged to give themselves a new self-confident look.
Alternatively, the operation would also be recommended if patients were to have medical conditions such as respiratory problems.
Rhinoplasty is considered a highly complex operation. Working on the nose can be challenging as it is situated centrally on the face, with other features always within sight.
Moreover, the surgeon who tends to the operation will need to have all the knowledge, expertise, and hand skills to perform the precise rhinoplasty due to the complex anatomy a nose has. In the case of missing one of these key attributes, there is an element of risk as the procedure can result in very distressing outcomes that are problematic to recover.
Your surgeon may need to modify the shape of cartilage or nasal bones in some cases. For minor corrections, the surgeon may use cartilage taken from inside your nose. If you have a septum deviation or bigger turbinates, your surgeon will correct these problems too.
You have a dedicated team of patient advisors, nurses, and your surgeon to support you throughout the entire journey, and after it. However, Rhinoplasty is a surgery that demands you to take several steps to help ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. Avoiding some points can help you recover faster, and also minimize the risk of complications.
It is essential to provide your surgeon all the details regarding medicines you have been prescribed prior to your surgery.
You should stop smoking instantly. Smoking slows the recovery after surgery and boosts your risks of post-surgical complications. All other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes are equally harmful and must be avoided.
Your skin condition is one of the most important factors for your surgery. If you have a thick skin, it would be better to plan a facial skin care treatment up to one week prior to surgery.
A week before your surgery, you should stop consuming all herbal supplements and teas.
If you are taking any blood thinner medication (such as coraspin, aspirin, ecopirin, coumadin, clexan), then they should be discontinued.
Do not use any painkillers, with the exception of ones which contain paracetamol. If you have to use it, inform your surgeon.
If you are thick skinned patient, make sure you get the facial treatment done which you had planned 3 weeks prior to your surgery.
You are not required to trim nose hairs. These hairs will be trimmed by your surgeon instead.
Your anaesthesia requires at least 8 hours of fasting and thirst. Do not drink water, or consume any chewing gum 8 hours prior to your surgery.
Take a shower the day before your surgery or on the morning of your surgery.
Do not wear any jewelry, makeup or contact lenses.
Wear clothing that is comfortable and loose. Shirts that have buttons on the front are preferred.
Your Rhinoplasty will be carried out with the utmost care by your surgeon and you can be sure that the same standard of care will continue during regular post operative checks to ensure a smooth recovery.
Soreness and swelling are likely to occur for a few days after surgery, with no bruising expected. However, it is possible in some cases, that minor bruising is possible.
In most cases, the internal silicon supports remain in place for one to five days after surgery. For protection and support, the doctor places a splint on your nose. Both of them are removed latest before your final check.
Your surgeon will give you comprehensive pre-operative guidance before the operation, also give you directions and recommendations afterwards. Follow all of these guidelines to help ensure your ease, prevent risks, and speed up the recovery.
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