There is much excitement in the weeks leading up to a rhinoplasty surgery. Soon you will have the beautiful new nose you’ve always dreamt of, and the renewed sense of self-confidence that comes with it! Dr. B. Aviva Preminger wants you to have the best possible results, so she will provide you with a detailed rhinoplasty pre-surgery checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the surgery itself and the recovery period. Here is a preview of what you can expect.
Take all the necessary health precautions
- Stop smoking for AT LEAST two weeks prior to surgery.
- Stop taking supplements that may cause excessive bleeding.
- Stop taking medications that increase blood pressure, dilate blood vessels, thin the blood, and impair healing.
- Stay out of the sun and tanning beds. Wear SPF 30 sunblock daily.
Plan your logistics
- Make sure you have someone reliable who can drive you to your appointment and stay with you.
- Make sure you have someone who can help you at home the first 24 hours after your surgery.
- If you are traveling from outside New York, you will need to book accommodations in the area for 1 week.
- Arrange 1-2 weeks off work or school (one if you don’t mind the bruises, two if you are keeping it a secret).
- If you are an athlete, arrange at least two weeks off your sport.
- Pack a bag (which includes your ID, insurance card, container for glasses or contacts, post-op clothes).
Buy recovery supplies
- Prescriptions (pain pills, antibiotics, birth control pills if using)
- Hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, nasal saline spray (purchased over-the-counter)
- Vaseline or Chapstick (to re-hydrate your lips)
- Bottled water, Gatorade and juice
- Bags of frozen peas or berries (for icing, cleansed with alcohol first)
- Thermometer (to make sure you don’t develop a fever, a possible sign of infection)
- Q-tips (to gently cleanse nostrils once bandages come off)
- Anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soap, like Dial or Safeguard (for cleansing)
- Magazines, books, movies (to keep you occupied)
- Cool mist humidifier (to keep lips and nasal passageways moist)
- Biotene mouth spray (to keep your throat hydrated until you can breathe through your nose again)
- Arnica cream (to reduce bruising and swelling)
- Pillows (to keep your head elevated)
- Face wipes (to keep you feeling fresh until you can shower again)
- Clothing that you don’t have to pull over your head
- Saltine crackers & a bottle of water (to take medication on your way home)
- Foods that are easy to digest (scrambled eggs, Jello, soups, oatmeal, pudding, apple sauce, yogurt, smoothies)
Prepare your mind and body right before surgery
- Decide what you want to tell family, friends, and coworkers.
- Remove all make-up the night before surgery.
- Wash with Dial or Safeguard soap.
- Wash your hair and leave it free of product.
- Get a good night’s rest and find relaxing activities you enjoy to calm your nerves.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the evening before surgery (including candy, gum, and mints).
- If you are a man, shave the morning of surgery.
- Wear a dress you can step out of, or a button-down shirt, on the day of surgery.
Contact Dr. B. Aviva Preminger to schedule a consultation or ask any additional questions about rhinoplasty in New York City.