A common question that our patients ask during their consultation in our Chicago, IL office is “What can I expect on my surgery day?” or “what is it like getting rhinoplasty surgery at Aesthetic Skin with Dr. Anil Shah?” We try to make your rhinoplasty surgery process as smooth and comfortable as possible. After years of research in both techniques and environment, we have thought of as many details as possible and have incorporated them to elevate the surgical process and experience for patients.
Here is what to expect for your day of rhinoplasty at our facility:
Making you feel ready for your transformation
Skip the hospital gown, hello spa robe. Who likes wearing a hospital gown? Not us, and by the way, why haven’t they improved on them in over 100 years. We prefer the comfort of a spa robe. It’s your transformation day and you’re worth the extra splurge.
Relaxing You In Ways You Aren’t Even Aware Of
We use a series of technologies to help relax you. Our facility plays binaural beats to stimulate relaxation and reduce anxiety as well as our preoperative cocktail designed as part of our ERAS protocol which helps avoid the use of narcotic medications.
Using All of Our Senses
We incorporate lavender in the preoperative area to help relax our patients while the use of pure eucalyptus and peppermint helps open up the nasal passageway and reduce the inflammatory pathway
You will have red light therapy in your recovery room. Red light therapy has been shown in several studies to help expedite healing, stimulate new blood vessels and fibroblasts. Your healing begins now.
Imagine packing your nose with tissue for a week. We don’t recommend it as it can make your experience miserable. We do the opposite. We encourage natural airflow right away to avoid physiologic disruption of your respiratory epithelium and the dilators help provide compression at the same time.
Say Goodbye to Narcotics
We try to avoid the use of any narcotic pain medication at our office and have worked with leading protocols including ERAS to help use combinations of medications to help make your anesthesia process safer and easier. Many patients report nausea with narcotics and by eliminating them our patients describe a much easier postoperative course.
If You Can’t Feel It, It Won’t Hurt (Fingers Crossed🤞)
Dr. Anil Shah has developed a longer lasting nerve block which he uses both before and after each rhinoplasty. The concept here is simple, if you as a patient sense pain, even asleep during anesthesia, you will wake up in pain. Dr. Shah performs a nerve block (he makes the nerves that provide sensation temporarily numb for several hours) both before and after anesthesia. He hopes that this will allow patients to be numb rather than in pain for the first few days.