Sometimes, surgery just can’t wait. You’ve probably seen medical dramas on T.V. when a patient needs to be rushed into a procedure to save his or her life. That’s just not the case when it comes to rhinoplasty. Unless you need the surgery to correct damage caused by a severe accident, it often pays to take your time and to do as much research as you can before scheduling the procedure. There are plenty of reasons why taking things slowly is the best course of action when it comes to rhinoplasty and other cosmetic surgery procedures.
Time to Educate Yourself
You probably have a lot of questions when it comes to rhinoplasty. For example, you might want to know how long the surgery will take, what you’ll need to do to get ready for surgery, and what you’ll feel like afterwards. Taking the time to read up on rhinoplasty and to learn as much as you can about the surgery before you decide to have it can help you be as prepared as possible and can help to minimize any surprises after the surgery and while you recover.
For example, if you are aware of what are the potential complications from surgery, then you can also take steps to minimize those complications. If you know what the risks of surgery are, you can do what you can to reduce those risks.
Part of the education process is finding an excellent, board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty. Finding a surgeon who’s not only qualified to do the procedure, but with whom you feel comfortable, can take some time. It’s often best not to go with the first doctor who comes your way, especially if that doctor doesn’t meet all the qualifications or has limited experience with rhinoplasty.
When looking for a surgeon, look at online reviews and ask people who have had rhinoplasty who they worked with, if you know anyone who’s had the surgery. Go ahead and schedule a few consultations with surgeons and ask them about their experience with rhinoplasty, how often they perform it, how long they’ve been performing it, and what they like about the procedure.
Time to Prepare Yourself
Along with educating yourself about the surgery and taking the time to find a qualified surgeon, you also want to take the time to prepare yourself physically for rhinoplasty. Depending on your current lifestyle and habits, you might have to make some changes to your life to make rhinoplasty as safe as possible.
For example, if you’re a smoker, you’ll need time to successfully quit before your surgery. In most cases, surgeons advise quitting smoking at least two weeks before and after your rhinoplasty. The nicotine found in cigarettes can restrict blood flow, making it more difficult for you to heal after the procedure and increasing your risk for bad scarring.
You may also need time to improve your diet. Eating a healthy diet can not only help you reach your goal weight, but can also help give you the vitamins and minerals you need to heal successfully afterwards.
Time to Prepare Others
It might seem strange since rhinoplasty is a personal decision, but you might need to allow for time to help others prepare for your surgery. For example, if you have kids, you might need to come up with a plan for where they will be during your procedure and recovery period. That can mean allowing enough time to find a caretaker for them or to schedule a week-long trip to their grandparents’ house.
You may also need time to prepare your partner or spouse for your surgery. Some people like to talk things over a lot before they actually happen or may just need time to process your decision. If you’ll be relying on your partner to support you during your recovery, you might need to time your surgery so that it takes place at a time of year when he or she doesn’t have a lot of work or other commitments to worry about.
If you have any additional questions about the process of scheduling rhinoplasty or what steps to take to get yourself ready for it, Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a board certified facial plastic surgeon who performs about four rhinoplasties a week, can help. He’s able to answer any questions you have about the procedure, the recovery, and the preparation time. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Epstein at his Miami practice, call (305) 666-5884. You can also see him in New York City. Call (212) 759-3484 for an appointment at the Manhattan practice.