There are some required preparations before your rhinoplasty procedure. Your doctor may adjust these instructions based on your individual situation, and on the particular surgery you have, whether it is a closed rhinoplasty, or an open rhinoplasty, in which case, please follow your direct instructions from your doctor.
There are very few preparations necessary for a rhinoplasty procedure. In most cases, the doctor just wants to make sure that you are in good health.
You will be asked to provide a complete medical history for your doctor in Korea, including any health problems you have had, any medication you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Your doctor will provide thorough instructions, answer any questions you may have, and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for surgery.
Your surgeon will also advise you if any other tests are required, such as blood tests, X-rays or an electrocardiograph (ECG) to evaluate your heart.
If you decide to have rhinoplasty surgery, your doctor will ask you to sign a consent form. Make sure you read the consent form thoroughly before signing. If you have any questions, ask your doctor.
Unless your doctor advises differently, you will be able to continue taking most medicines that you have been taking. You should avoid taking aspirin, painkillers containing ibuprofen, or any anti-inflammatory medications or herbal supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding for two weeks before and two weeks after your surgery. These medications slow down the blood-clotting process and can make you bleed more. Let your surgeon know what medications and supplements you’re taking, so they can advise you about whether or not to continue them. In some cases, your doctor may have to temporarily adjust your current medication regimen. You will be provided with a list of medications and the time period in which they need to be stopped before having your surgery. The most common medications that you must avoid are: NSAIDS (Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve), vitamins, diet medications, and any blood thinners (like Warfarin or Coumadin).
Refrain from drinking for at least 24-48 hours before and after your surgery (and possibly longer than 2 weeks after surgery, for the body to be in the best condition to heal itself).
If you are a smoker, you must not smoke for 4 weeks prior to surgery and for 8 weeks after. Smokers have more difficulty healing from rhinoplasty, as cigarettes slow the recovery process. Nicotine constricts your blood vessels, resulting in less oxygen and blood getting to healing tissues. Quitting smoking before and after surgery can help the healing process.
If possible, arrange for a friend or family member to escort you back to your hotel from surgery and to remain with you for 24 hours following your surgery, or we can arrange a taxi ride for you back to your hotel.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, or suffer from medical issues with your nose, we invite you to contact our nose surgery service today. You can find the answers to the most frequently asked questions here. Your doctors in Korea will provide a comprehensive medical history and Rhinoplasty analysis that will allow them to provide each patient with an accurate diagnosis so that a patient-specific treatment plan can be put into action. Contact us now.
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