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Rhinoplasty Preparation

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How should I prepare for rhinoplasty nose job?

In the weeks prior to surgery, it is important to prepare your body for the changes that will take place. Doing everything you can to stay healthy prior to surgery will go a long way toward enabling a speedy recovery.

Your plastic surgeon will also discuss where your procedure will be performed.

Rhinoplasty may be performed in an accredited office-based surgical facility, a licensed ambulatory surgical center or a hospital. Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

Are you prepared for your upcoming nose surgery procedure? Patients at our Maryland practice interested in rhinoplasty will be carefully instructed on steps to take before and after surgery to maximize their comfort, safety, and results.

In preparing for rhinoplasty surgery, you may be asked to:


  • Get a lab test
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications
  • Stop and Quit smoking
  • Avoid taking aspirin and other blood-thinning medications and anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding
  • Avoid Alcohol
  • Vitamins are important in healing .Begin taking vitamins C, E and iron. These supplements promote healing
  • Notify your surgeon of any illnesses, even minor ones.
  • Fill prescriptions for antibiotics, sleeping aids, and pain medications
  • Stock up on “soft” foods
  • Please notify the rhinoplasty staff  if you develop a cold or illness prior to rhinoplasty surgery.If you plan to wear tinted glasses after surgery, start now to get people accustomed to seeing you with them on.
    If you are having surgery as an outpatient, make certain arrangements have been made to have someone else pick you up after surgery and to stay with you for the first 24 hours.
    Arrange/confirm your appointment with your family doctor to have your pre-op history and physical exam completed within one week prior to surgery.


  • Go to drug store and fill all prescriptions.
  • Prepare for ice-cold compresses: small zip-lock bags for crushed ice, frozen peas, soft commercial ice packs are good alternatives. Another option: place ice in a large bowl, place a small bowl into the ice and place damp cloth/gauze into a small bowl. The ice will chill the cloth/gauze. Regardless of what method you choose, plan to rotate the compresses to keep them cold.
  • Obtain 2×2 inch gauze squares, one roll of 1/2 inch paper tape, Q-tips, Betadine™ liquid soap/scrub, and hydrogen peroxide for after surgery.
  • Go to the grocery store to buy “light foods” such as juices, tea, soup, toast, crackers, bagels, jelly, etc.
  • Begin taking Arnica Montana – three tablets, three times daily.


  • Wash your face with Betadine™ soap for three full minutes. Avoid contact of jewelry with Betadine™; it stains.
  • Do not use conditioner or hairspray after shampooing.
  • Get a good night’s rest.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight prior to rhinoplasty surgery.
  • Make some JELL-O® and/or soup for after surgery.


  • Do not eat or drink anything prior to surgery.
  • Wash your face with Betadine™ for three full minutes and go to the bathroom. Do not wear any facial make-up or lipstick.
  • Do not wear wigs, hairpins, hairpieces, or jewelry. Dress in loose comfortable clothes. Do not wear pullover tops or pantyhose.
  • Have someone drive you to your surgery and make certain a responsible adult will be available to take you home and stay with you for 24 hours.

Preparation The Night Before Rhinoplasty

Many patients feel nervous and excited the night before their rhinoplasty. Use this time to tackle some final preparations so you’re ready for your surgery the next day. Here are a few must-do tips.

  • Fill Your Prescriptions– If we’ve given you any prescriptions, get them filled before your surgery. This allows you to head right home after your procedure to rest rather than heading to the pharmacy to get your medications.
  • Stock the Fridge– Fill your fridge with easy to eat and drink options. The day after surgery you may feel a bit nauseous so have a few comforting, simple foods on hand. Patient favorites include Jell-O, ginger ale, crackers, fruit smoothies, and pudding. We recommend soft, light foods for the first 24 hours. Avoid foods that are hot or spicy or that requires a lot of chewing during recovery.
  • Get Some Lip Balm– Your mouth will be very dry after rhinoplasty. Stock up on lip moisturizers and beverages to keep things moistened and comfortable.
  • Wash Your Sheets– You’ll likely be spending a lot of time in bed, especially in the first couple of days after rhinoplasty. Wash your sheets so you’re comfortable and then you won’t have to worry about them during recovery. It is probably a good idea to use some of your older less expensive sheets since there could be bloody drainage.
  • Hydrate– Drink plenty of water the day before surgery. Good hydration can reduce nausea and help you feel better after surgery.
  • Take a Shower– Take a shower the night before surgery. Wash away all makeup, lotion, deodorant, etc. After your shower, don’t apply anything, including lotion, to your skin. You should also remove any nail polish you may be wearing. You’ll want to take a second shower the morning of surgery.

Preparation The Morning of Your Rhinoplasty

Give yourself plenty of time the morning of your rhinoplasty to prepare. We want you to come in feeling relaxed and ready, not rushed and stressed. These tips will help you to finish up your rhinoplasty preparations.

  • Wear a Button-Up Top– You won’t want to pull anything over your head after surgery so wear a button up top to your procedure. We also recommend comfortable pants and slip-on shoes.
  • Don’t Eat– Don’t eat or drink after midnight on the day of your rhinoplasty. Surgery is safer on an empty stomach.
  • Get a Ride– You won’t be able to drive home after surgery so have someone drop you off at the surgery center.
  • We’ll let them know when you’re ready to be picked up, but since it will be a few hours they may want to run some errands while they wait.


Before scheduling rhinoplasty, you must meet with your surgeon to discuss important factors that determine whether the surgery is likely to work well for you. This meeting generally includes:

Your medical history. The most important question your doctor will ask you is about your motivation for surgery and your goals. Your doctor will also ask questions about your medical history — including a history of nasal obstruction, surgeries and any medications you take. If you have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia, you may not be a candidate for rhinoplasty.
A physical exam. Your doctor will conduct a complete physical examination, including any laboratory tests, such as blood tests. He or she also will inspect your skin and the inside and outside of your nose. The physical exam helps your doctor determine what changes need to be made and how your physical features — for example, the thickness of your skin or the strength of the cartilage at the end of your nose — may affect your results. The physical exam is also critical for determining the impact of rhinoplasty on your breathing.
Photographs. Someone from your doctor’s office may take photographs of your nose from different angles. Your surgeon may use computer software to manipulate the photos to show you what kinds of results are possible. Your doctor will use these photos for before-and-after assessments, reference during surgery and long-term reviews. Most importantly, the photos permit a specific discussion about the goals of surgery.
A discussion of your expectations. You and your doctor should talk about your motivations and expectations. He or she will explain what rhinoplasty can and can’t do for you and what your results might be. It’s normal for people to feel a little self-conscious discussing their appearance, but it’s very important that you’re open with your surgeon about your desires and goals for surgery. Sometimes your surgeon may speak with you about performing a surgery to augment your chin. This is because a small chin will create the illusion of a larger nose. It’s not required to have chin surgery in those circumstances, but it may better balance the facial profile.

Once the surgery is scheduled, you’ll need to arrange for someone to drive you home if you’re having an outpatient procedure.

For the first few days after anesthesia, you may have lapses of memory, slowed reaction time and impaired judgment. So arrange for a family member or friend to stay with you a night or two to help with personal care tasks as you recover from surgery.

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