The following instructions are essential to a safe experience and good outcome. Use this as a checklist as you approach your surgery date. This is essential to your health and safety.

Three Weeks Or More Before Surgery:

There may be several weeks between your decision to have surgery and your actual surgical date. During this time there are several important considerations:

Practice Proper Skincare

Practicing good skincare is an important factor in your overall appearance and the quality of your skin. This includes gentle cleansing morning and evening, proper moisture and daily use of a broad spectrum sunscreen (at least SPF 30), whether you are expecting outdoor sun exposure, or just the incidental exposure of daily life. Proper skincare is also important to help you maintain your results.

Prepare And Plan

Schedule any time off of work, and any support you will need at home in the days following surgery, including housework, childcare, shopping and driving. Make certain a responsible adult is enlisted and confirmed to drive you to and from surgery, and that one is confirmed available to stay with you around the clock for 24 hours, at least, following surgery. Put your schedule together for the day before, day of and first few days following surgery. Share this with all of your key support people.

Stop Smoking

Smoking can greatly impair your ability to heal. You must be nicotine and smoke-free for at least 4 weeks prior to surgery. You must also be free of any nicotine patch or nicotine-based products for a minimum of 4 weeks prior to surgery

Lead A Healthy Lifestyle

In the weeks prior to surgery maintain the best of health and hygiene. A lingering cold, virus or other illness can result in your surgery being rescheduled. Make certain to address any illness immediately, and advise our office of any serious illness or change in your health.

Good Nutrition

Eat well during the weeks prior to surgery. Crash dieting, over-eating or high alcohol intake can greatly affect your overall health and well-being. A healthy, balanced diet is essential.

Relax And Enjoy Life

Stress and anxiety over life’s daily events, and even your planned surgery can affect you. While some anxiety is common, any serious stress, or distress over the thought of surgery is something you must discuss with our office. We are here to support you and answer all of your questions. We want your decision to be one of confidence.

Additionally, find your comfort zone. Locate the most comfortable place where you can gently recline and recover. You don’t want to be testing locations or pillows the day of surgery.

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Fill Your Prescriptions

Some pain medication prescriptions may need to be filled before surgery. These will be at your pharmacy.

No Smoking

Stay away from second-hand smoke, too. Your healing and health depend heavily on this.

Stop Taking The Following For The Duration Before Your Surgery.

Taking any of the following can increase your risk of bleeding and other complications:

  • Aspirin and medications containing aspirin
  • Ibuprofen and anti-inflammatory agents
  • Vitamin E
  • St. John’s wort
  • Garlic supplements
  • Green tea or green tea extracts
  • Estrogen supplements

Shop For Necessary Post-surgery Items:

These May Include:

  • Soft White Washcloths Or Gauze Squares
  • Artificial Tears Or Refresh
  • Large Framed Dark Lens Sunglasses

Pack Your Bag For The Day Of Surgery.

This Should Include:

  • Driver’s License Or Photo Id
  • Large-framed Dark Tinted Sunglasses
  • Your Medical Insurance Card
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The Night Before Surgery:

  • Shower as directed. Use an anti-bacterial, fragrance-free soap. Shampoo your hair. Do not use any hair gel or other styling products, scented skin creams or moisturizers. Do not use any hair spray, perfume or cosmetics. Remove all finger nail and toe nail polish.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after 12 pm. No candy, gum or mints. Anything more than a small amount of water as needed for brushing teeth or swallowing medication may result in the need to cancel surgery.
  • Dress appropriately. Do not wear cosmetics, jewelry of any kind, contact lenses, hair clips, or body piercings. (if there is something you cannot remove, let the admitting nurse know right away.)
  • Wear comfortable, clean, loose-fitting clothing. Wear only a top that zips or buttons up the front. Do not wear pullovers, turtlenecks, or any tight-fitting top or bottom. You may wear a robe. Wear slip on shoes. Wear clean cotton socks, as the operating room can feel cool.

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