Before you have a rhinoplasty procedure, you should take some time to prepare yourself. Here are 5 ways to do just that.
Get Your Medical Testing Done
Some patients need to have testing done, including X-rays and blood work prior to the procedure. This is to ensure everything is in order for your surgery.
Get Your Prescriptions
You’ll be prescribed several prescription medications after your procedure, including an antibiotic, pain medication, and one or two anti-nausea medications. Get your prescriptions early so you don’t have to worry about it afterward.
Ask Someone to Join You
It’s a good idea to have someone go with you on the day of your rhinoplasty procedure so they can drive you home afterward. If you live alone, try to have someone sleep over the first night after your surgery to help you out.
If you smoke, now’s the time to quit. At the very least, you’ll need to cut right back to reduce the risk of infection and aid the healing process. The earlier you kick the habit, the better. Consider attending quit-smoking courses or using substitutes like nicotine patches.
Prepare a Few Meals
Prepare a few meals ahead of time so you can concentrate on what you really need to be doing during your recovery – moving. It’s recommended that you walk for around 30 minutes, three times a day, from the day after your surgery. It’s better to focus on your recovery than your usual household chores!
Rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure, but you will need anesthesia. That’s why it’s a good idea to have someone with you to drive you home when you wake up and look after you for at least the first night to help with general responsibilities. If you have your prescriptions ready, meals prepared, and you’ve looked after your health before surgery, you’ll be on the road to a successful recovery.
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