Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures among individuals of Asian descent. While surgical techniques are often different in Asian patients than in patients of Caucasian descent, many other facets of the surgery are similar if not the same, including the pre-op guideline.
Once your initial consultation has taken place and your surgeon has determined that Asian rhinoplasty is the ideal procedure for achieving your cosmetic goals, your doctor will provide you with preparation instructions for the weeks before your procedure. Because rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure and Asian rhinoplasty, in particular, commonly calls for an open approach in order to raise the nasal height and/or refine the nasal tip, it is essential that you understand your customized plans when preparing for Asian rhinoplasty. Following these orders is vital to ensuring a smooth surgery and maximizing your overall results.
General pre-operative guidelines:
- You will most likely be responsible for scheduling blood draws and submitting lab results and/or radiology scans to your operating surgeon in order to confirm preoperative health.
- No aspirin, ibuprofen and/or any other non-steroidal inflammatory medications should be taken for several weeks before surgery as these products thin the blood and can cause bleeding complications during and after surgery. Generally, two weeks before surgery, you must also avoid vitamins and herbal supplements such as fish oil, garlic and green teas. You doctor will inform you of any daily prescription medications that are permitted through the morning of surgery.
- Smokers must cease all smoking at least two weeks prior to surgery, and even two weeks post surgery, as it impairs circulation and proper healing.
- Try to wash your hands often and avoid people that are ill. Even a minor cold could be enough to delay your surgery.
- Schedule at least one week off from work and try to clear your social calendar for an additional two weeks for maximum rest and recovery.
- Make arrangements for a family member or friend to transport you to and from the hospital.
- In the event that you are traveling from out of town, it is advised that you book hotel accommodations for immediate recovery until it is safe to fly.
- Make sure that you have filled all of your prescription pain medications, including post surgery antibiotic ointments and special saline sprays.
- The day before your surgery, contact your surgeon’s office to confirm procedure times.
- Double check that you have all necessary recovery supplies at home, including prescription pain medications, cold/ice compresses, soup, popsicles and other soft foods.
- The night before your surgery, wash your face with an antibacterial soap or facial cleanser.
- Do not eat any food after midnight to help prevent post surgery nausea.
- Put out loose fitting clothes to wear the morning of; leave make-up and body jewelry at home.
Keep in mind that your Asian rhinoplasty procedure is unique and therefore it is important to contact your surgeon with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your preparation.
World renowned Asian rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Paul Nassif conducts a two-hour cosmetic consultation to educate prospective patients on preoperative preparedness so they can feel confident moving forward with their surgical procedure. During this time, patients will complete the Aesthetic Patient Self-Assessment and a skin care consultation form to communicate health history and cosmetic goals. Dr. Nassif believes that every patient deserves the utmost care and attention. To discuss your surgery plans and goals or to learn more about Asian Rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation at his Beverly Hills, CA, office (310) 275-2467.