Pre-Operative Instructions

Preparing for Rhinoplasty (Nasal Surgery)
    •    Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications), Vitamin E, or any medications containing these compounds for two weeks before surgery.
    •    Refrain from smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery. Nicotine and tobacco smoke delays healing and can result in scarring. This is the perfect time to give up the habit.
    •    Avoid sun damage two weeks before surgery-wear sunscreen daily (SPF 20 or greater).
    •    Have your prescriptions filled prior to the day of surgery.
    •    Purchase saline nasal spray from a pharmacy (Brand names: Ocean, Ayr, generic is OK). This will be used after your surgery.
    •    Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before your surgery.
    •    Arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital. You will not be allowed to drive or leave alone.
On the day before Surgery
You may be given an approximate time for your surgery at your clinic visit. On the day before surgery you will receive a phone call informing you of the exact time to report to the surgery center.
Day of Surgery
    •    Do not eat or drink anything, including water, the morning of surgery.
    •    Wear loose-fitting clothes that fasten in front or back. Avoid slipover clothing.
    •    Leave all valuables at home; do not wear jewelry.
    •    Do not wear any facial or eye make-up. Avoid nail polish.
    •    You may wear glasses but do not wear contact lens.
    •    If you wear dentures, keep them in.