If you are getting ready to move forward with rhinoplasty surgery, than you are probably extremely excited—and extremely nervous. It is perfectly normal to experience a range of emotions before such a major procedure, and rest assured that almost every patient goes through a similar process. Before scheduling the procedure, you will have done extensive research and chosen a knowledgeable surgeon who is on board with achieving your specific goals. Before the day of your surgery, you will want to prepare for your procedure and ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and successful recovery period. Here are the steps you should take in preparing for your rhinoplasty.
Decide What You Want
Before you begin your search for a qualified plastic surgeon, you will want to know what your goals are for the procedure. You may have a certain feature in particular you would like to change, or you might have global changes in mind for your nose, but you should have a good idea of what you specifically want from rhinoplasty and be ready to communicate that vision to prospective surgeons.
Choose an Expert Surgeon
Of course, the most important step is choosing a surgeon who will make your dream a reality. Skip doctors who are not board certified, and make sure the surgeons you meet with are experienced and highly recommended. Another important point is your comfort level. You should choose a surgeon who will listen to you and with whom you can develop rapport and trust.
Finalize Your Goals
Come to your consultations prepared with lots of specific questions. Consultations are valuable opportunities to learn more about the procedure, get your candidacy assessed, and get to know plastic surgeons. Once you have chosen your surgeon, you will work with them to finalize your goals and go over the surgical plan.
Prepare for Surgery
Your surgeon will have a great deal of information on what to do and what to avoid before your surgery. You will need to prepare for the surgery a few weeks beforehand by avoiding certain medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and alcohol.
Be sure to follow these directions closely, as you do not want to put yourself at risk unnecessarily. Rhinoplasty is generally a very safe surgery, but taking medications you are not supposed to before the procedure can put you at risk for complications.
Prepare for Recovery
When you get home from the procedure, you’re probably not going to feel too energetic. You will want to prepare for your recovery by making sure you have everything you will need on hand in advance.
Create a comfortable area where you can relax with your head elevated, such as a recliner. Be sure to have entertainment options close at hand to stave off boredom during recovery. You should also consider adding extra pillows to your bed to keep your head elevated as much as possible. Staying comfortable during your recovery is important, so be sure you have all of your favorite comforts within reach.
If possible, get all chores and work out of the way before the procedure so there is nothing on your to-do list bothering you while you are trying to rest. It is also a good idea to stock your fridge with healthy food so you are not tempted to default to unhealthy fast food. Cooking and freezing meals can help with this.
Read all of your doctor’s post-operative instructions beforehand so you know what to do once you head home. It is a good idea to have a friend or family member not only drive you home, but stay with you for a few days during the initial recovery period.
Preparing carefully for your rhinoplasty is key to a good outcome. When you choose the right surgeon, have realistic expectations, and care for yourself properly, you should be able to achieve beautiful results that will last a lifetime.
A Knowledgeable Resource
Your facial plastic surgeon will be an essential resource for any questions you may have before and after the procedure. Make sure to choose a surgeon who not only has the skills and qualifications necessary for a good outcome, but the ability to listen and help you navigate the process of rhinoplasty.
Dr. Stuart Bentkover knows how important a custom, natural look is to his patients, and takes care to help each person reach his or her individual goals. Dr. Bentkover has over 35 years of experience, and a passion and dedication to the art of rhinoplasty. If you would like to discuss you goals for the procedure with Dr. Bentkover, call Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA today to schedule your consultation.