Prepare for Your Surgery

Prepare for Your Surgery: Two Weeks Before

Whether your are new to facial plastic surgery or you have already benefited from one or more procedures, knowing what to expect will make you feel better about the whole process.

Medications To Avoid:

  • Asprin, Ibuprofen and NSAIDs (e.g., Advil, Aleve, Motrin and Nuprin). These medications affect the way your blood clots. You may take Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for pain and aches as necessary.
  • Vitamin E. Please wait at least two weeks after your procedure to take Vitamin E. Please note that Vitamin E is contained in many multi-vitamins.
  • Herbal supplements (e.g., Echinacea, Ephedra, Feverfew, Garlic, Ginger, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, , Goldenseal, Kava-Kava, Licorice, Saw Palmetto, St. John’s Wort and Valerian). These supplements have been shown to inhibit the clotting and healing process.

Other Things to Avoid:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Sun exposure (especially for laser skin resurfacing procedures)

Things to Do During the Two Weeks Before Your Surgery:

  • Vitamin C. If you are not one of the few people who is sensitive to Vitamin C, please take 2,000 MG per day beginning two weeks before your scheduled procedure. If you smoke, please take 4,000 MG per day. You can divide the daily amount into one morning dose and one evening dose.
  • Arnica Montana. Studies have show the benefits of homeopathic Arnica Montana in reducing common post-surgery bruising. This natural supplement is available for purchase in our office and at most health food stores.
  • Sunscreen. Please protect your skin from the sun by wearing a hat and/or sunscreen (at least SPF 30) before and after your surgery.

Things to Discuss with Us:

  • Acne-related Antibiotics. If you have acne or a tendency toward cyclical facial pimples, please tell us so we can discuss the right course of pre-operative antibiotics.
  • Allergy-related Medications. If you suffer from nasal allergies, please tell us so we can discuss the right course of anti-allergic medication.
  • Diabetes or Hypoglycemia. Please notify your internal medicine physician if you are diabetic or hypoglycemic. For your safety, we want to make sure these conditions are properly controlled prior to your surgery. We will follow your doctor’s instructions, so please be sure to discuss your scheduled procedure with your internist.
  • Blood Pressure Problems or Heart Problems. If you are experiencing any type of problem related to your blood pressure or your heart, please tell us so we can follow your doctor’s instructions. We recommend that you undergo a general physical examination at least two weeks prior to your scheduled procedure; for some procedures, this type of examination is required before we can clear you for surgery.
  • Diuretics (Water Pills), Steroids or Accutane. If you have taken diuretics, steroids or Accutane during the past year, or if you are taking any of these now, please tell us so we can plan accordingly.
  • Your Routine Medications. Please be sure to tell us about any medications you take regularly.
  • Your Allergies. If you are allergic to any medications, please tell us so we can plan accordingly.
  • Illnesses. If you are developing a cold, chest congestion, nasal stuffiness, fever or an infection near the surgery site, please tell us immediately.
  • Pregnancy. Please tell us if you are pregnant.
  • Accommodations. You must remain in the Atlanta metropolitan area for at least one (1) week following your surgery. We are happy to help you make arrangements if you do not have a local residence.

Feel free to call our office if you have any questions or concerns before or after your surgery.