If you’re about to undergo nose-reshaping surgery, then you’re probably feeling a little apprehensive about the procedure and recovery period. This is normal! Rhinoplasty is a major surgery, and you’re taking a big step in regaining your confidence and/or nasal function. Preparing for your surgery is a productive way to ease your mind, increase your chances for having a good outcome and ensure you have everything you need during your recovery.
In order to make the transition from the hospital to home as smooth as possible, you should prepare your home in advance of surgery to make sure you don’t have to worry about a thing as you’re resting up and allowing your nose to heal. Here are some tips for preparing your recovery area.
Take Some Time Off
You should expect to take at least 10-14 days off from work after your operation. Even if you work from home, it is best to take this time off to allow yourself to heal without the stress of a workload. Relaxing and letting your body heal is the best thing you can do after surgery, so take a vacation and rest up!
You will need someone to drive you home following the procedure. If they can stick around for a few days, it will benefit you greatly. Having a friend or loved one there to help you get situated and comfortable, being on hand to bring you things you’ll need will be a huge help to you during your initial recovery.
Prepare Your Recovery Area
Recovery from rhinoplasty can be uncomfortable, and you’ll want to make sure you minimize this discomfort by having an area you can relax in ready to go when you come home. Set up a comfortable chair with a pillow and cover it with a sheet. Make sure to have all items you’ll need nearby, such as remote controls, books, water, painkillers, etc. Make sure your bed is prepared as you like it best–you’ll be spending a lot of time resting up.
Stock Your Fridge
Tempting as it may be to order takeout during your recovery, this isn’t the best choice in terms of health, particularly after surgery. Stock your fridge with healthy food so you always have something to snack on that will help, not hinder your progress. Consider making meals in advance and freezing them. That way, prepping food after surgery is a snap, and you’ll have a nutritious meal in no time.
Finish Your To-Do List
The last thing you’ll be up to after surgery is completing mundane and necessary household tasks. Finish paying the bills, cleaning the house, and running necessary errands in advance of the surgery. Some of these tasks will be prohibited during the first few days of recovery, and you don’t want to risk compromising your results because you left a task incomplete. Furthermore, if you finish your to-do list before your surgery, you won’t be worrying needlessly about what you need to get done.
Read and Understand Your Instructions
Your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on what to do before and after surgery. It is very important to follow these instructions to the letter, and understanding them before you’re on your way home can help you avoid problems. Remember, your surgeon’s skill, combined with how you take care of yourself will be two of the biggest factors in your eventual results. Don’t risk a poor outcome by neglecting to follow instructions!
A Surgeon You Can Trust
If you haven’t yet chosen a surgeon, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Many plastic surgeons offer rhinoplasty, but few have the skill, experience, and artistry to provide beautiful, natural results for a wide range of patients. Dr. Robert A. Mounsey is a renowned rhinoplasty specialist who offers rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty services to a local and international clientele. Dr. Mounsey is board-certified, compassionate, and ready to help you get the results you desire. For more information, call Revesse at (416) 438-2499 to schedule your consultation today.