Rhinoplasty is for those who are over the age sixteen, and the cartilage growth in their nose has stopped. Rhinoplasty candidates must have realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery and understand the capabilities and limitations of the procedure. Those who wish to have Rhinoplasty often has reasons ranging from aesthetic to breathing obstruction. Ensure you convey your needs to your doctor well in advance so both have a clear picture to work with.
To ensure a safe surgical procedure, a thorough medical history is taken to make sure that you don’t have any medical conditions that may pose a problem to during your Rhinoplasty procedure. You will be asked to stop taking medicines that can think your blood. Routine laboratory testing is ordered. It is important to be sun-smart (using UVA and UVB sun protection) prior to Rhinoplasty. Stop smoking for at least two weeks before and one week after surgery, as nicotine can impair circulation and healing. Avoid alcohol in excess for two weeks before your Rhinoplasty procedure and one week after the surgery. It is advisable to have someone for help for a few days after surgery and also arrange for a break from work as per the doctor’s instructions and the nature of your work routine
The Aftercare Advantage/ Advice
Do not disturb your cast or allow it to get wet. It is okay to wash your hair or shower as long as you do not get the nasal dressing wet. Do not blow your nose for 10 days after surgery. It is okay to rinse your nose with salt water (saline) rinse in the meantime to help flush out your nose. Use an open mouth sneeze, if you have to sneeze. Elevate your head at all times. At night sleep with your head in an elevated position at least 30 degrees. This can be done using several pillows or by sleeping in a recliner. Avoid prolonged chewing with hard foods or chewing gum for 2 weeks after surgery. Avoid excessive sun exposure to the nose. Wear SPF 30 or higher and a hat that protects your nose from the sun. This helps to prevent excessive swelling and darkening of any external incision. Avoid bending over, heavy lifting and straining for at least 2 weeks. Avoid strenuous exercise for at least 3 weeks. You may wear glasses (or sunglasses) while the cast is on. If controlled bone fractures were done, once your cast is removed you should avoid resting heavy glasses on your nose for 6 weeks after surgery. It is okay to wear contact lenses. While certain results are visible immediately, the final results of Rhinoplasty become evident approximately six to twelve months after Rhinoplasty.
Surgery is only half the battle won, rest depends on how well you follow aftercare advice and maintain your results. Patience is the keyword here.
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