Dr. Rizk is able to achieve a rapid recovery after rhinoplasty thanks to a combination of instructions given to his patients, the techniques he performs and the medications and remedies he prescribes.
Prior to surgery, Dr. Rizk instructs his patients to avoid anything that might thin out the blood — which can increase the chance of excessive bleeding and prolonged recovery — for two weeks prior to and following surgery. This includes but is not limited to aspirin, Motrin, Advil, garlic, fish oil, and herbal teas and remedies such as gingko biloba and St. John’s wort. Let Dr. Rizk know if you are taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications so he can advise you.
Dr. Rizk also asks his patients to avoid alcohol for 48 hours before surgery, as it too can increase the risk of bleeding, as well as swelling. Finally, he insists that smoking be avoided for any number of reasons, but one of them is that it interferes with healing and therefore can prolong the recovery period. Dr. Rizk recommends that his patients use arnica montana (a natural plant extract) prior to surgery to help reduce swelling.
Actions Dr. Rizk takes during the rhinoplasty procedure also play a role in his patients’ rapid recovery. For example, he uses certain tissue glues as well as dissolvable sutures in order to avoid the need for packing, which can cause undue bruising and swelling. He has also pioneered a suturing technique in which the sutures are not fully closed; this allows fluid to drain between the stitches, reducing the severity of swelling and leading to far more rapid recovery than with tightly closed incisions. It also eliminates the need for drains that can prolong recovery.
In addition, Dr. Rizk’s use of a high-definition 3D telescope helps his patients achieve rapid recovery following rhinoplasty. The scope allows Dr. Rizk to avoid disturbing small blood vessels and sensitive tissues, which might lead to increased swelling and bruising.
Dr. Rizk takes a number of postoperative measures to ensure rapid recovery. He advises his patients to continue taking arnica montana pills, and he gives them a Vitamin K and Medrol dose pack, as well as a kit with several medicines that can help speed up their recovery. In some cases, Dr. Rizk recommends manual lymphatic drainage massage to help his patients recover more rapidly. He always advises his patients that they must avoid smoking at all costs.
It is important to follow all of Dr. Rizk’s postoperative instructions carefully to achieve a rapid recovery.