Rhinoplasty, or nose reshaping surgery, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the size and shape of the nose, bringing symmetry and balance to a person’s face. Prior to undergoing rhinoplasty, many patients are anxious about the recovery period and inquire about what steps can be taken to get ready for the big day.
In addition to reading your surgeon’s pre and post-operative instructions carefully, taking the time to prepare for your procedure will help put your mind at ease, enabling you to focus on your recovery. To ensure your comfort post-operatively, it is helpful to purchase the following supplies prior to your Toronto rhinoplasty.
A pain medication and antibiotic will be prescribed for your use after your surgery. Since you will not be up to visiting the pharmacy immediately following your procedure, it is best to fill your prescriptions ahead of time. In addition, you may wish to stock up on natural supplements that help to reduce post-operative swelling and bruising.
Homeopathic Arnica capsules can help to reduce bruising and swelling, and because it is drug-free, it is typically considered safe for everyone. Finally, it is advisable to purchase a laxative or stool softener prior to your procedure, as the strong pain medication prescribed may cause constipation.
Because you will be unable to breathe through your nose for several days post-operatively, your mouth may feel very dry. Lip balm is recommended to help keep your lips hydrated and prevent chapped lips. You may also want to purchase Lozenges or Hard Candies to keep your mouth moist, as your nose will likely be congested following your rhinoplasty causing you to breathe through your mouth rather than your nose
To reduce swelling following your Toronto rhinoplasty, it is best to sleep with your head elevated. A recliner is ideal but you can also prop your head up with several pillows. A U-shaped travel pillow will help keep your head in place while also ensuring that your neck is supported as you sleep in an upright position.
As a result of the congestion, that typically accompanies rhinoplasty, you will likely need to breathe through your mouth for the first several days following your surgery. As a result, your mouth and lips may become quite dry. A humidifier can help to counteract this dryness, keeping you comfortable throughout your recovery.
Icing your nose and cheeks following surgery can help lessen swelling and reduce the likelihood of bruising. However, it is best to use a bag of frozen peas or berries rather than ice packs. Be sure to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding icing carefully.
Finally, it is a good idea to stock your fridge with a variety of snacks that are high in protein and low in sodium prior to your Toronto rhinoplasty. Soft foods such as shakes, soups, yogurt, and applesauce are recommended for the first few days to make it easier on your facial muscles. It is crucial to drink plenty of fluids, so you may wish to stock up on beverages such as Gatorade, juice, and flavoured water. In addition, saltine crackers are recommended to combat nausea.
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In order to best assist you, we require all cosmetic patients to schedule a virtual or in-person consultation. There is a fee of $200 plus HST for all consultations. Your consultation fee will be credited towards your procedure and/or treatment. To schedule a consultation, please complete the attached form or call our office at 905-764-7799. We look forward to hearing from you.