rhinoplasty post-op

Before undergoing rhinoplasty surgery, it is important that you are adequately prepared for the procedure. Once the surgery is over, you won’t be in the mood to run errands or do post-op care preparation. Instead, the best way to get ahead of your recovery is to gather all of the supplies you’ll need prior to your rhinoplasty.

What You’ll Need to Get in Advance

Here are a few of the essential items you should get before undergoing rhinoplasty:

  • Prescriptions
    It’s important to fill all of your prescriptions before your surgery so you can have them as soon as needed; which can sometimes be on the car ride home. This is an essential item that you’ll want to take care of sooner rather than later!
  • Something to Take Notes
    When your mind is hazy from taking all of your pain medicine, it can become difficult to remember when you last took your prescription pills. Whether you use the notes on your phone, pen and paper, or a timer, it is crucial that you record when you took your pills and when you need to take them next.
  • Chapstick
    Some patients may experience a dry mouth and dry lip sensation. If you’re prone to dryness, consider getting some chapstick to help moisturize your lips!
  • Adequate Beverages
    Water bottles, Gatorades, you name it! You’re definitely going to need to stay hydrated after rhinoplasty surgery. Stocking up on drink options is a good way to keep you drinking fluids. Flavored drinks can make it easier for those who don’t drink a lot of water.
  • Appropriate Snacks
    Before you go on a snack frenzy, make sure to check with your surgeon to see which foods they recommend after your surgery. Don’t forget to keep your pantry full, because you won’t feel like going out to get food while your rhinoplasty heals.
  • A U-Shaped Travel Pillow
    A travel pillow can help to align your head and neck as needed so you can get some rest without worrying about hurting yourself or damaging your results.
  • Ice Packs
    Ice packs can reduce swelling and temporarily numb the pain you might experience. Be sure to check with your surgeon to see what their recommendations are for using ice packs. Never put the ice pack directly on your skin, instead, wrap it in a towel and gently apply it to the effected area.
  • Entertainment Options
    This may very well be one of the most essential supplies on the list. Recovery can be boring and even lonely since you won’t be getting out of the house much. Make sure to make your healing process as enjoyable as possible by getting magazines, books, movies and more!