What to expect the day of your surgery
Be sure to eat a good meal the evening before (no alcohol). Food can cause complications with anesthesia, so it is critical that you do not eat or drink after midnight—absolutely nothing, including water.
On the day of your surgery, do not wear makeup, lash extensions or hair products. This includes mascara, blush, cover-up and hairspray. These products are difficult to remove in the preparation for the surgery.
You should arrive early for your rhinoplasty. Arriving late, fighting traffic and being in a rush cause stress, which can compromise your ability to recover. The goal is to control everything that might influence the outcome.
When you arrive at our office, you will be greeted by the staff, escorted to the surgical suite, given your surgical attire and asked to change. Medications to help with the post-operative recovery may be given at that time. The anesthesiologist will review his plan for your care. Dr. Farrior will meet with you again to discuss the plan and desired outcome for your rhinoplasty once more.
After you are taken into the operating room, the anesthesiologist will start an IV and administer medication to begin the sedation. Dr. Farrior performs rhinoplasty under general anesthesia. This allows for your maximum comfort and safety while giving Dr. Farrior the luxury of time to perform the best rhinoplasty possible. The surgery will take approximately two hours to perform. This may be longer or shorter depending on the complexity of the nasal anatomy. With a revision rhinoplasty,* the surgical time can (on occasion) take as long as six hours.
You will awake in the recovery room with your post-operative care and the recovery nurse, an R.N., B.S.N. who is expertly trained to help manage any pain prior to your discharge. There will be a gauze dressing beneath the nostrils and a splint on the nose. To help reduce swelling, ice packs will be on your eyes and cheeks. You will also be severely congested due to post-operative swelling inside the nose. The stay in recovery after a rhinoplasty is usually one hour, at which point you will be cleared to head home.
The remainder of the day, you should remain quiet and at rest. Stay in bed except to go to the bathroom, keep your head elevated and keep ice on your eyes as much as possible. You will need to have a caregiver that day and night.
Initially, consume small volumes of liquids and soft foods like the kind typically given to a child with an upset stomach: ginger ale, cola, 7 Up, broth, bananas, crackers, chicken soup and Jell-O. After you have been able to consume these things without problems, you can advance your diet. Avoid products that have no substance such as water as well as diet beverages—these will make you feel more nauseated.