Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure done by altering the bone (upper), cartilage (lower), or skin portion of the nose. Patients usually go in for rhinoplasty to improve breathing difficulties, repair deformities (due to birth defects or accident), or for aesthetic purposes.
If you are thinking about undergoing this procedure, you will have to do more than just looking at rhinoplasty before and after pictures to get yourself ready when you come out post-op. Here are some ways to help you prepare for it:
Avoid certain medication
Both before and after rhinoplasty, you would have to stay away from medication that contains aspirin or ibuprofen as these may increase bleeding. Coming out after rhinoplasty is similar to recovery after other invasive procedures, that is you would be experiencing some bleeding post-op. Therefore, it is best to stay away from these types of medicine to avoid complications and to ensure that you won’t bleed excessively.
Arrange your schedule
Take time to plot things out in your calendar and set aside an ample amount of days for your recovery time. A good rule of thumb is to allow about a week to give yourself and your body enough time to heal and adjust. It is also worth noting that strenuous activities that used to fill up your schedule (like jogging or other forms of exercise) should be avoided during the course of your recovery.
Monitor your intake
You will be on the fast track to recovery if you start packing up your meals with high-fiber and nutritious food. Not only will this kind of diet boost your healing process, but it will also ensure that you won’t suffer from constipation. Constipation is a no-no when it comes to rhinoplasty recovery as straining puts unwanted pressure on the surgical site. Similarly, you might want to cross off smoking and alcohol both prior and after the surgery as these too can slow down your body’s healing process.