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How to Prepare for your Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure for refining the look or functionality of the nose. This treatment can alter the nose cartilage, bone, and overall shape of the nose.   Among some of the common goals of rhinoplasty are improving facial symmetry, eliminating humps at the nose bridge, and improving the look of the nostrils and nose tip. No matter how or why rhinoplasty is performed, patients can always get the best results by properly preparing for these treatments.

Talk to Your Doctor About Your Medical History

One of the first and most important steps in preparing for a rhinoplasty procedure is sharing all pertinent details about your medical history with Dr. Giancarlo Zuliani. If you’ve had rhinoplasty or other cosmetic facial surgeries performed before, you should definitely mention these. It’s also a good idea to talk about any dermal fillers that you’ve recently used, particularly those that have been injected into the nose, the nasolabial folds, or into any other portion of the mid-face.

Talk About the Medications That You’re Currently Taking

Discussions about your medical history should include information about any medications that you’re currently taking. These include:

  • Prescription medications for managing chronic health issues
  • Daily vitamins
  • Natural supplements
  • Store-bought medications used for pain management or other purposes

Certain medications can increase the risk of uncontrolled bleeding and clotting both during and after your rhinoplasty procedure. To limit the risk of uncontrolled bleeding or clotting, common, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin and ibuprofen must be discontinued approximately two weeks before treatment.

When Dr. Zuliani is aware of each product that you use, you can receive recommendations for weaning off of or discontinuing drugs that might negatively impact your treatment outcome. Dr. Zuliani can also work with your general doctor to ensure that your procedure does not conflict with or impair any ongoing treatment plan that’s currently in place.

Make Sure That You’re in Good General Health

Healthy patients have the best likelihood of achieving successful rhinoplasty outcomes. They also have a far lower likelihood of experiencing unpleasant aftereffects and major complications. Dr. Zuliani will perform a complete medical examination before scheduling your procedure.

This exam will include a comprehensive assessment of your facial structure, and of the interior and exterior of your nose. It will also help us determine which structural changes must be made and to learn more about how different factors such as the integrity and thickness of your skin and the overall strength of your nose cartilage might impact your treatment outcome. Existing, chronic health issues should always be well-managed before scheduling any elective surgical procedure. These include issues such as diabetes and hypertension.

Don’t Smoke

Smoking heightens the risks of having any invasive procedure performed. Due to its impact on blood flow, it can also slow down your recovery. You may be advised to start and complete a smoking cessation plan before scheduling rhinoplasty. Even if you aren’t, quitting ahead of your procedure and continuing to abstain all throughout the healing process can be incredibly beneficial.

Establish Feasible Expectations for Your Treatment Outcome

Rhinoplasty can produce remarkable improvements in both facial aesthetics and the overall functionality of the nose. Before scheduling your procedure, take some time to discuss your goals with your doctor. You can find out more about what this surgery can and cannot realistically accomplish.

The best candidates for rhinoplasty understand that this treatment can have prolonged healing times before the final appearance is clear. After all residual bruising has abated, it can still take several weeks or even months for swelling and inflammation to completely go down, and for the final results of a person’s treatment to fully manifest.

Rhinoplasty in Bloomfield Hills, MI

If you’re unhappy with the size, shape, or function of your nose, rhinoplasty can help. At Zuliani Facial Aesthetics, we offer a vast range of both invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. To find out if rhinoplasty is the right treatment for you, fill out our online form today to schedule a consultation appointment.