How to Prepare For Rhinoplasty For a Fast Recovery – Tips, Things to Avoid and Diet Guidelines

If you are preparing for rhinoplasty, you may have questions about how to prepare for the procedure, so you are in the best shape before, during and after nose surgery.

While your surgeon and doctor should provide you with most of the information you need – like we do to all of our patients here at Linia Cosmetic Surgery – to give you an idea of what’s involved, in this post we are going to discuss what you need to do before surgery and afterwards.

While our surgeons will do their part of the preparation so they can easier predict the outcome of your rhinoplasty, there are things you can do too.

Though the work is done on your nose, you will find the rest of your body may also be affected and you will be better off prepared for this in the lead up to your surgery by making some of the changes we advise below:


First, have you asked yourself “Should I have a nose job?” – make sure it is absolutely what you want before reading our tips below. 


What should you avoid before rhinoplasty?

It is essential to keep yourself in good health and wellness, which will help ensure the recovery process is smooth and does not last any longer than it needs to.

While there is a lot you can do, we want to focus for a moment on all the things that patients should avoid doing.


woman preparing for rhinoplasty


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Avoid Drinking Alcohol A Week Before Nose Surgery

Even if your nerves are a bit frayed because of your upcoming plastic surgery, you should still abstain from drinking alcohol.

Not only will it dehydrate you, but it will also decrease your immune system’s strength and impair your recovery in general. Look for alternative forms of relaxation for the days leading up to your surgery.

Stop Smoking (At Least Immediately Before and After Rhinoplasty)

We’re not going to pass judgment on your habits out with rhinoplasty.

Still, if you intend on having plastic surgery completed, you should avoid smoking cigarettes at least one week before and for the duration of your recovery period.

Avoid Taking Aspirin (And Similar Medication)

This is relatively self-explanatory – Aspirin and medication like coumadin have blood-thinning properties that are best avoided before and after surgery.

It may increase the amount of time you have to spend recovering.

Avoid Using Topical Creams

At least four days before you are due to go under the knife, it is recommended that you avoid using any topical creams on your face.

Avoid anything that includes Salicylic Acid and other BHAs, along with AHAs and Retin-A, Obagi, and Benzoyl Peroxide. Stick to simple moisturisers and cleansers.


before and after rhinoplasty comparison


Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure

This rule applies both before and after rhinoplasty, as UV light can damage your skin and cause healing problems.

Do Not Eat or Drink Anything After 12 the Night Before Rhinoplasty surgery

Another self-explanatory rule – but bears repeating nonetheless, that you should make sure you do not eat or drink anything at least 8 hours before surgery or after midnight the night before your rhinoplasty.

Additional Medications You Should Avoid (Unless Otherwise Directed By Your Plastic Surgeon)

In addition to Aspirin and Coumadin, there are several other medications you need to avoid unless the specialist tells you differently, including:

  • Vitamin E – apart from being included in a combination multivitamins supplement, you should stop taking Vitamin E in the week leading up to your procedure.
  • Clopidogrel – it is best to discuss whether you should stop using this medication with the professional who prescribed it to you.
  • Celebrex – stop this at least one week before you are due to have your surgery.

Some OTC supplements can cause reactions to the anaesthetic and can affect your bleeding. Avoid the likes of fish oil, Ginseng, Ginkgo, Ginger, Garlic, And St. John’s Wort.

What can you eat the day before a nose job?

Although you need to avoid eating food after midnight the night before your nose surgery, that doesn’t mean you should fast in the run-up to the procedure.

For instance, it’s a good idea to increase the amount of protein you eat.

That means including protein-rich foods like

  • chicken
  • soy
  • meat
  • yoghurt
  • eggs
  • beans/lentils

Not just the day before but for around three weeks before you have your rhinoplasty surgery.

Protein is crucial and may help quicken the healing and recovery period to help you overcome any trauma you experienced during the process.

The healthier the diet you have before your surgery, the better.

What is the fastest way to recover from a nose job?

The best rhinoplasty preparation involves more than just readying yourself for the time up until and including the day of surgery.

You need to prepare for rhinoplasty recovery sufficiently.


how to prepare for rhinoplasty - surgeon prepares patient


After the surgery, you may not feel like doing very much for some time, at least two weeks or even just the first few days.

That’s why how quick and effective the healing process is when you are at home after surgery will have a lot to do with the preparations you make before surgery.

Make Arrangements Ahead of your Surgery Date

Following your surgery, you will not be allowed to drive home by yourself.

About two weeks before your procedure, you should make sure your partner/spouse, a relative or close friend will be able to give you a lift to and from the clinic where you are having your surgery performed.

You also need to make sure you will have someone who can stay overnight with you for at least 24 hours following your rhinoplasty to help take care of you.

Batch Cook Some Food

While you recover for the first few weeks you may have trouble with preparing meals, so before you have rhinoplasty, you may want to batch cook and freeze food in advance.

That way you can just defrost or stick it in the microwave and don’t have to fuss too much.

As you will find it painful to open and close your mouth wide, it’s best to stick with nutritional and soft dishes and don’t require much biting and chewing.

Additional Supplies

It may also be a good idea to invest in the following additional supplies:

  • Dry mouth lozenges, refrigerated drinks and lip balm. Not only will you get dehydrated very easily but your lips and mouth will get very dry because you will be breathing in and out of it.
  • A stool softener or laxative as some of the painkillers you use could carry the side effect of constipation
  • A tool to help you pick up things, so you don’t need to bend over too often.
  • Loose-fitting and comfortable button-up shirts so you don’t need to pull anything over your head
  • Entertainment for while you rest, so movies, magazines, books, and perhaps streaming service subscriptions

In addition to the batch cooked meals, you should also invest in the following food:

  • Soup
  • Rice pudding, custard and jelly
  • Lots of fruit for vitamin C

Be careful to make sure the food is low in sodium and salt, to prevent increased swelling and fluid retention.


There are many things a patient can do prior to surgery in order to prepare for their nose job.

If you have any concerns or specific conditions you want to discuss, this question should be addressed by your plastic surgeons.

The list above provides tips on preparation but you should always let your surgeons’ or surgery centre guide you and follow their instructions. People are all different and this article can’t take into account every type of patient.

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Still not sure if you want a rhinoplasty? Read our guide on the 5 Things You Should Know Before Getting a Nose Job