If you are ready to undergo plastic surgery, it’s a good idea to think ahead about how to make the best of your recovery. In the case of rhinoplasty, your recovery can be long and more involved than other procedures, so here are some ways to make yourself ready.
Dr. Carpenter will prescribe medications for you to take during your initial recovery, which usually includes painkillers and anti-nausea medications. It’s important to fill these prescriptions before your surgery date so that they’re available when you come home after your procedure. Unfortunately, these medications can sometimes cause constipation, so you should be sure to adjust your after-surgery diet accordingly.
The most important part of your recovery will be resting and allowing your body to heal. For this reason, you should carefully select the place you’d like to set up for your recovery. A big and comfy bed or couch is best, especially one that is in a quiet, climate-controlled room. You’ll need to stock up on pillows, as these will help your head and upper body stay elevated, as well as prevent you from rolling onto your side as you sleep. Also, make sure you have an area in this room where you can keep medications, snacks, and water nearby.
Before your surgery date, Dr. Carpenter will make sure you have a detailed list of aftercare instructions to follow, so you should read these a couple of times to familiarize yourself with the steps you and your helper will need to follow. This includes avoiding certain things like blood thinners, some dietary supplements, alcohol, nicotine, and medications that can intervene with the effectiveness of others’. This might also include how long to wear your nasal splint for, as well as when to begin wearing glasses again. You’ll also be instructed to come in for check-up appointments with Dr. Carpenter.
These are only a few things to get in order before your surgery date, but Dr. Carpenter will make sure you have all the information you need to make it a smooth recovery. To schedule your consultation or ask any questions you might have about your rhinoplasty procedure, contact our office by calling or filling out our online form.