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Pre-Operative Instructions


  • If surgery is scheduled under IV sedation, further pre-operative instructions will be given to you by the plastic surgery nurses.
  • If your surgery is scheduled under general anesthetic, further pre-operative instructions will be given to you by pre-admission testing.
  • Please read the ASPRS booklet that was given to you. If you did not receive this booklet in the mail, ask the nurse for a booklet during your consultation appointment.

Medications and supplements

  • Take no aspirin, ibuprofen, or medications containing them for 10 days prior to, and 10 days after, surgery. If you have questions about your medications, consult your doctor or pharmacist. Other blood-thinning medications to avoid are Vitamin E, Ginko Biloba, St. John's Wort and garlic supplements. To be safe, take Tylenol (acetaminophen) only.
  • We recommend that you take two all-natural products found in health food stores. These are Bromelain (for swelling) and Arnica Montana (for bruising). These are not mandatory but we have noticed a big difference in the patients who use these products. Start these two weeks prior to surgery and continue them two weeks following surgery. Follow dosage instructions on the bottles.

The day of your surgery

  • If your surgery is scheduled under local anesthetic, you may eat your normal diet the day of your surgery.
  • Wash your face the morning of surgery with an anti-microbial soap such as Dial or Lever 2000. Rinse soap off completely. Put nothing on your face after rinsing: no lotions, creams or makeup.
  • Wear loose comfortable clothing and a top that buttons or zips up the front.
  • You MUST have someone drive you home after surgery. You must have someone spend the first night with you following surgery.
  • Do not hesitate to ask any questions.
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