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Rhinoplasty Pre-Operation

Rhinoplasty Pre-Operation

For individuals that have always been dissatisfied with their nose, who may find it too large, too long, too wide, too projected, too flat, too crooked or just don’t like it, they seek out Rhinoplasty to improve their overall appearance. As the nose is the center of the face, modification to its shape can more than any other cosmetic procedure change ones appearance.

Some patients seek out dramatic modification while others look for subtle improvement to enhance their looks. Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Surgery can make your nose fit more harmoniously with the rest of the face. Dr. Solomon’s practice specializing in cosmetic Rhinoplasty has helped many improve their nasal and overall facial beauty. Nasal surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed by facial plastic surgeons. It is also the most complex operation done in facial surgery. Each nose is different and requires a surgeon’s judgment, experience and surgical excellence to achieve good, lasting and consistent results.

Rhinoplasty surgery can alter several areas of the nose, including:

– The overall size of the nose in relation to the face
– The position of nostrils and their size
– The width of the nasal bridge
– Smoothing out depressions and bumps on the nasal bridge
– Altering the nasal tip, such as tips that are hooked, upturned, drooping or bulbous
– Asymmetry of the nose

People may also undergo a rhinoplasty procedure in order to cure a medical condition, including breathing problems such as sleep apnea or having to restore a nose to its original appearance after a disfiguring injury. In some cases, patients may decide to alter the appearance of their nose while undergoing surgery to correct their medical issues.

Some patients seek out dramatic modification while others look for subtle improvement to enhance their looks. Cosmetic Rhinoplasty Surgery can make your nose fit more harmoniously with the rest of the face. Dr. Solomon’s practice specializing in cosmetic Rhinoplasty has helped many improve their nasal and overall facial beauty. Nasal surgery is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries performed by facial plastic surgeons. It is also the most complex operation done in facial surgery. Each nose is different and requires a surgeon’s judgment, experience and surgical excellence to achieve good, lasting and consistent results.

Consultation And Discussion

Careful and extensive pre-operative discussions and planning will take place before your surgery. Dr. Solomon will evaluate your nose in relation to your other facial features. He will evaluate your facial and nasal skin thickness and quality and tell you how this may impact your surgical result. Your internal nasal anatomy will be assessed and the role for functional nasal surgery, if required at the same time, will be discussed. In certain cases, nasal physiology testing to measure your degree of nasal obstruction or to evaluate your sinuses may be required. If you suffer from a deviated septum or sinus problems, these can be improved at the same time as nasal cosmetic surgery.

If there is a role for other cosmetic procedures at the same time as Rhinoplasty such as a chin augmentation, Dr. Solomon will make his recommendations as to what is available to create the best overall aesthetic result. Dr. Solomon will use advanced computer imaging to review your case prior to any surgical procedure. This computer technology helps in preoperative planning and ensures that Dr. Solomon and each patient share a common goal for the surgery. During this time, the patient and Dr. Solomon will work together to come up with an individualized treatment plan. Several different options will be explored, and Dr. Solomon will be sure to explain the risks and benefits of each. The computer imaging technology will also help show you the projected result of each operation and help provide the information you need to make the best decision possible.

During these discussions, you should understand that having realistic expectations is very important. While rhinoplasty can improve almost anyone’s appearance, holding unrealistic expectations may lead to disappointment after the procedure has been performed. When you talk with Dr. Solomon, please discuss your expectations, and be as specific as possible about what you want the procedure to accomplish. Dr. Solomon has worked with patients to solve all kinds of issues, from medical to cosmetic. He will be able to guide you on what is and isn’t possible, as well as how to best apply the procedure to give you the results you want. As with any surgical procedure there are risks involved and Dr. Solomon will discuss in detail any serious rare complications that can result.

Rhinoplasty Pre-Operation

Preparing For The Surgery

Before you undergo rhinoplasty surgery, you will be asked to get a lab test. This usually consists of a blood test to make sure you are healthy. Lab technicians will examine your blood for any signs of infection and to test your internal organs to make sure none of them have any undetected issues. Among the blood tests the lab technicians may also perform:

– A Complete Blood Count that measures the types and amounts of blood cells your blood sample possesses. This can reveal whether or not you have any infections, if you have anemia, or even if you’re dehydrated.

– A Liver Function Panel will reveal if your liver is functioning normally.

– An Arterial Blood Gas test measures your lungs’ effectiveness at getting oxygen to your body and in removing the resulting carbon dioxide.

– The Blood Chemistry Panel examines seven different chemicals found in your blood. It measures your overall health before you undergo sugary.

– A Coagulation Study is a standard pre-surgery blood test to discover how fast your blood will clot.

In addition to these scans, if needed, your heart may be also tested. These tests will help the surgeons evaluate your body’ s ability to endure trauma and recover from anesthesia. Among the tests that might be performed are:

– An electrocardiogram
– Pulmonary function tests
– Cardiac stress tests
– An angiogram
– An echocardiogram

During the consultation, Dr. Solomon may also recommend making changes to your current medications. This usually, but not always, entails not taking any anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen as they can increase bleeding during surgery. In addition, stay away from herbal supplements, alcohol and garlic. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll want to stop smoking beforehand. Not smoking for four weeks before the rhinoplasty surgery is optimal, but you should at least quit smoking two weeks before the surgery. Nicotine can significantly inhibit the healing process. If you have concerns over how long you can go without smoking, please discuss them with Dr. Solomon. He will work with you to figure out exactly when you need to stop smoking and may be able to suggest ways to cope with the nicotine withdrawal.

Preparing for a rhinoplasty procedure also means planning for your recovery after the surgery. Make sure you have a friend or family member who is willing to drive you to and from the hospital. You may also want to make sure they are comfortable keeping you company after the surgery in the unlikely event that complications arise. In addition, make sure you have someone who can stay with you for the first couple of days after your rhinoplasty surgery. Recovery always goes better if you have a friend who can not only provide moral support, but also help you when you need it. They can also make sure you’ve taken your medicine when you’re supposed to and call the doctor with any questions or concerns you may have during the early recovery stages.

You will also want to stock up on your prescription medicines ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about getting them refilled while you are recovering.

You should also be prepared about other post-recovery issues. Make sure you have meals for the next week picked out. Low-salt foods are recommended, since high salt intake can lead to the tip of your nose retaining fluid. In fact, you should switch to low-salt foods the day before the surgery as well.

If you wear glasses, you’ll have to learn to wear them differently as the nose pads of the glasses can prevent your nose from healing. We ask our patients abstain from wearing their glasses on their nose for 4-6 weeks but suggest they tape them to their forehead in the meantime.

You will have to refrain from blowing your nose after you’ve had rhinoplasty surgery for 4 weeks. We recommend using a saline spray and gentle mist when needed. If you’re prone to blood clots, ask Dr. Solomon if he can make a recommendation to help with this. You will probably have to wait at least a week before you can start blowing your nose again, although sometimes you may have to wait for two weeks. A rhinoplasty with a septoplasty may take longer, up to six weeks, to repair. A rhinoplasty with septal perforation repair will take even longer, at least twelve weeks. Fortunately, once the cast has been off for a couple days, you may start to blow your nose again, provided you wash it out with salt water first.

Your bed should also be prepared when you come back from a rhinoplasty procedure. You won’t want to turn over in the night and interfere with the recovery process. If you’re prone to sleeping on your side or your front, invest in a neck pillow to help you sleep with your head propped in a position comfortable for you.

On the day of your operation, don’t wear any makeup and for males make sure you are clean shaven. Wear a loose dress, blouse or shirt that opens in the front. Do not wear any pull-on shirts, like a t-shirt or sweater. Do shower prior to surgery as you may not be able to do so after your surgical procedure.

Any kind of surgery can be daunting. However, if you’re adequately prepared, there is no reason why you can’t have a comfortable visit and a problem free recovery.

We are available and more than happy to assist in your recovery. Dr. Solomon and the clinic staff will answer any questions you may have to ensure you have a smooth and complication free recovery.

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