What happens before rhinoplasty surgery?
In your first consultation, Dr Michael will take a detailed history about issues with your nose and also perform an endoscopy. You will have photos taken of different views of your nose and you may require specialised scans of your nose. This is especially the case if you have had previous injuries. You will also be asked to complete questionnaires regarding issues with your nose. These can de downloaded here and completed before your appointment. You will also be sent information regarding the cost of rhinoplasty surgery. Rhinoplasty costs will vary dependant upon the complexity of operation and if the operation is purely a cosmetic rhinoplasty or not. It is important that individuals have a clear understanding of what rhinoplasty surgery can achieve together with its limitations and potential risks. Hence, the majority of patients will be seen for a second visit prior to proceeding with surgery.
At your second appointment Dr Michael will clarify and queries that you may have about your rhinoplasty operation. This will be done with the help of your photographs, scans and may also involve computer aided modifications to help illustrate the operation. If you wish to proceed with rhinoplasty surgery, final consent forms will be completed. Dr. Michael undertakes the majority of rhinoplasty operations in Melbourne but is also able to perform this surgery during his visits to central New South Wales.
It is important that you stop smoking two weeks before rhinoplasty surgery as smoking affects blood vessels and hence the blood supply to the nose. Please also cease medicines that may increase bleeding, three weeks before the operation. These medicines include anti-inflammatory medicines such as Aspirin, Nurofen and Voltaren and also some herbal medicines containing garlic, fish oil, gingko, ginseng and vitamin B12.
You will also be seen immediately before the operation and Dr Michael will answer any further queries that you may have.