The Day of Your Surgery
Being Ready for Your Procedure
You are having your revision rhinoplasty surgery today. Hopefully, you got a good night’s sleep last night and remembered to confirm your check-in and surgery time. This information is listed in the information packet your surgeon provided, but it is always worth making that extra phone call to be sure there are no last-minute surprises.
You want the day of your revision rhinoplasty to be as stress-free as possible. This starts with being on time for your surgery.
Hopefully you were able to make all of the necessary arrangements in advance of the day of your revision rhinoplasty surgery. These include:
- Recruiting a friend of family member to drive you home after your nose surgery
- Filling all prescriptions
- Purchasing any recovery aids such as ice packs in advance
- It is also a good idea to leave all valuables and/or large sums of money at home
On the day of or night before your revision rhinoplasty surgery, you should shower or bathe using the instructed soap. Make sure your hair is clean and dry. Do not use any product in your hair.
Your surgeon will likely ask if you followed all of the preoperative instructions. This includes avoiding aspirin and other non steroidal anti-inflammatory medications in the weeks leading up to your surgery. These medications can increase your risk of bleeding. He or she will also ask about alcohol, whether you are smoking, and whether or not you adhered to the specified no eating and drinking pre-surgery guidelines.
Length of the Rhinoplasty Procedure
Revision rhinoplasty can take up to twice as long as a primary nose surgery depending on the nature of the correction. On the other hand, minor corrections may take less time than the primary surgery. You should have a good idea of how the revision rhinoplasty will be performed by the time your surgery date comes around.
You may remember your primary rhinoplasty and how you felt afterward. Depending on the type of anesthesia, you may feel nauseated after the procedure. You will also have some bruising and swelling and may have some trouble breathing through your nose in the immediate aftermath of your revision rhinoplasty.
Your postoperative revision rhinoplasty instructions are as critical as the preoperative instructions. Following your surgeon’s advice before and after the day of your revision rhinoplasty is the best way to maximize your satisfaction with the results of your revision rhinoplasty and minimize your risk of side effects.
Remember that there is also a non-surgical alternative to revision rhinoplasty surgery. This may be your preferred option in case you don’t want to undergo an invasive surgical procedure. Click here to find out more.