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April 22nd, 2016

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Why is my surgery cancelled? Although we strive to help patients understand pre-surgery instructions, occasionally cosmetic surgery needs to be cancelled or postponed and rescheduled. Here are the top reasons why cosmetic surgery is cancelled and a discussion of several factors that may necessitate a surgeon cancelling surgery due to safety precautions. What are the major reasons why this might happen? A cold, cough or flu-like systems on the day of surgery or 2 weeks prior to elective surgery necessitates rescheduling surgery. It is important to be healthy before undergoing surgery and to remain healthy during the post-operative phase. Always call your doctor if you have questions or concerns and notify them of any changes in your health prior to your surgery.

Sometimes patients forget specific pre-surgery instructions or disregard our directions, not understanding their importance. Certain medications, vitamins and herbal supplements can cause problems during surgery or during recovery. It is of the utmost importance to follow all your surgeon’s instructions. Likewise, it is equally important to understand limitations on your recovery activity following surgery. Don’t lift, carry, push or pull over 5 pounds, or return to exercise or heart rate elevation for two weeks or sometimes more following surgery. Ignoring this precaution may lead to surgical complications, sometimes needing surgical intervention.

As physicians, we want the best for our patients. When we cancel elective cosmetic surgery for a patient, it is because we do so with an abundance of care and concern for their safety. So while patients may often be disappointed, it is always done in their best interest to reschedule their surgery.


Nose Surgery Series: Jessie’s Final Thoughts

May 19th, 2015

Nose Surgery Series Jessie AfterFinal thoughts about my surgery results, Jessie writes: In only two weeks after my surgery, I no longer have any visible bruising or markings. I really enjoy my co-workers telling me how good my nose looks and how amazed they are that I have healed so fast. Being that I am around people from work a lot, they have also told me it how impressive it is that I have not been in much pain.

This weekend I attended a friend’s 30th  birthday and saw many people that I had not seen in a while. Wow, did people notice! All of my friends think it looks great, but they are also happy to see that it has not changed my entire face. It is still my nose, just improved and much hotter! I enjoyed taking pictures with my friends now and I had to get the pictures developed right away, so I could compare old pictures to new. I really think my side profile looks much nicer. For the first time, I can stand at the end for a few pictures and that is something new for me. I always used to request the center picture spot, otherwise the picture would never turn out, as my nose had a flatten tip in profile.

My family is also very impressed with how fast the healing process has been for me. They have been very supportive.  I think it touched me the most when my eighty-five year old grandma was supportive of the surgery and even sent me a get-well card. I thought her generation was not as accepting of plastic surgery and I was a little surprised at her positive reaction. Grandma even asked me when I was going to come up and visit. That made my day!  Everyone thinks my nose looks great and they are overjoyed to see the happiness it has brought to me.


So, in closing, I am very happy with the results. My nose does get a little peeling after I shower, so I have to apply lotion,  not really a big deal. It almost reminds me of feet that have been in the bathtub too long and I admit that I have been known to take really long showers. The peeling is decreasing as each day goes by and again it is not really noticeable and a little lotion takes care of it. I do also want to suggest plain  saline nasal spray to anyone under going nose surgery. You can not pick or blow you nose for three weeks, and the nasal spray has helped me with my breathing especially at night.

Thank you for sharing my adventure with me.   It has been a great experience and I hope my blog is helpful to anyone considering having surgery to change their nose.

Editors Note: We want to sincerely thank Jessie for allowing us follow her journey of having nose surgery and graciously sharing her surgery videos and reflections about the positive impact it has had in her life.

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