Whether you’re having what seems a relatively small procedure done to your nose or a bigger operation that may dramatically change your look, deciding to undergo rhinoplasty (a nose job) is a major decision. In addition to undergoing the rhinoplasty procedure itself, a nose job requires careful and well-planned recovery time in order to reduce potential complications and ensure you feel the full benefits of undergoing the procedure.
While you will get some fantastic and detailed tips and instructions from your consultant to help you in this regard, here’s a handy checklist of rhinoplasty post-op essentials that you can use to ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable and speedy recovery.
There’s a high chance that after undergoing rhinoplasty the early stages of recovery will see you suffering with dried lips. Ensure that dried lips are stopped from becoming painful cracked lips by having a good quality lip balm to call on. Be sure to buy this pre-op and take it into the hospital so you have your favourite one to hand right away.
As you’ll be breathing predominantly through your mouth in the early stages, a dry mouth is a given. Mouth strips are a popular choice among rhinoplasty patients, though mouthwash is another option if you’d prefer to use this instead.
A U-shaped neck pillow is an essential for post-operative rhinoplasty. The reason? You’ll be told to sleep upright by your consultant, maybe for just a few days but potentially for longer – different consultants will give different timescales.
We’re not going to go into the details here, as we’re sure you know what we’re getting at. Depending on what, if any, pain medication you use you could well end up constipated as a side effect. This is usually not pleasant, so ensure you have a pro-active measure lined up, just in case!
Drinking from a straw will make your life much easier in the days post-operation. Make sure you have plenty at home so avoid discomfort. Your doctor will recommend plenty of water, however a weak squash drink will also be acceptable, so be sure you have something you like to drink at home, or some lemons and limes to slice and add to your water.
A few days after your operation your doctor will give you the go ahead to use a solution or spray to remove any dried patches of blood that remain in your nasal cavity post-operation. As well as doing the initial “cleaning out” job, using a saline solution or spray is useful for clearing your nose over the coming weeks while the swelling subsides, and will give you a great feeling of having a cleared nose.
Breathing air with a higher humidity than usual can help with the dry lips and mouth issues, so depending on when you undergo your operation and where you are in Australia you may wish to invest in an air humidifier. For those of you that use dehumidifiers to make your home more comfortable when it’s hot, consider switching them off while you’re recovering from your operation.
You’ll know what medication you need to take before undergoing your operation, and how often you need to take it, so be sure to set alarms on your phone to sound whenever you need to take your medication. Alternatively, you can download an app that will send a notification telling you what you need to take and when.
Before you head to the clinic for your rhinoplasty procedure, it pays to ensure you’ve prepared everything you’re going to eat for at least the first week you’re at home afterwards. Plan your meals and have them in the fridge or freezer ready to cook, while snacks should be soft and easy to eat. Your doctor will usually give you a list of useful foods, but bananas and soft berries are always a handy, healthy option.
Last but by no means least, washing your face is naturally going to be difficult. While your doctor may provide you with a specific soap or solution depending on scarring, you should prepare yourself with moisturising face wipes to make it easier to clean your face during the early stages of recovery.
You’re now all set to go! Use this checklist prior to undergoing your procedure to ensure you have everything you need to give yourself the best chance of a comfortable and successful recovery.
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