Planning for a Rhinoplasty

Posted on: March 30, 2020 In: Plastic Surgery, Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or a surgical procedure to alter the structure of the nose, can resolve a variety of issues ranging from difficulty breathing, and the effects on one’s lifestyle, to appearance concerns through cosmetic changes. Through rhinoplasty, both the internal structure and external appearance of the nose can be changed according to the concerns of the patient and the options best suited for them through consultation with a surgeon. Nose surgery carries with it possible risks, like any surgery, such as bleeding, infection, difficulty breathing through your nose, pain, and the potential for undesired results in appearance. Thousands of people undergo rhinoplasty every year to improve the function of their nose as well as the size, shape, and contour. In Lansing, MI, Dr. Colony offers rhinoplasty to patients in and around Okemos, East Lansing, Haslett, and more. 

Prepare for Rhinoplasty

To prepare for rhinoplasty surgery, meet with Dr. Colony to understand the pros and cons of the surgery. He will outline different conditions to determine if the surgery is well-suited for you. Part of the process would be reviewing your medical history, addressing the reason(s) that you’ve sought out rhinoplasty, discovering if there are possible impediments to the procedure being done, i.e. hemophilia, a physical exam, such as blood tests, and review your expectations for the surgery. It is important to be as honest as possible with your surgeon to undergo a safe procedure and get the best possible results. Dr. Colony will go over how to prepare for your rhinoplasty such as what medications to take or avoid, food to eat, and how to set up a recovery area. 

Food and Medications

Two weeks before surgery, avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, IB) herbal supplements, and vitamin E as these can lead to increased bleeding during surgery. The night before the surgery, refrain from eating or drinking anything, though drinking plenty of water the day before surgery can help reduce any nausea which may accompany the procedure. Also, it is important to refrain from smoking for at least four weeks before the surgery as tobacco and nicotine will slow down the healing process, weaken blood circulation, and can lead to scarring and infections.

What You Can Expect

Rhinoplasty can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia with sedation. You can expect some discomfort after the surgery which can be lessened with medications. Most patients report swelling and bruising for a few weeks post-op, with the worst being during the first two weeks. 


You may want to take ten days or so off from work after surgery, as there may be discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the lips, nose, and under the eyes for about a week. A splint that will cover the nose can be taken off about a week after the surgery as well. Dr. Colony will walk you through this and schedule a follow-up appointment with you. Eating light foods and avoiding hot drinks can help with recovery and nausea after the procedure.

Request a Consultation

To learn more about Rhinoplasty and how it can suit you, contact Dr. Colony today at his Lansing, MI practice for a consultation. He will work with you to treat your concerns and give you beautiful results.