Day of Surgery
A general physical examination by your primary care physician will be necessary prior to surgery. Blood tests, chest x-rays and an EKG may be required (our office will tell you exactly what is required for your surgery), and can be performed a few weeks in advance at your doctor's office. Ask him or her about taking your routine medications. If you do not have a general physician, our office can give you the names of several qualified physicians in your area.
Stop smoking at least two weeks before surgery (four weeks before a facelift). The nicotine in tobacco products causes narrowing of the blood vessels in the skin which are critical to proper healing.
Discontinue all ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, etc.), aspirin or aspirin-containing products and Vitamin E (above what is contained in a standard multivitamin) use two week's prior to surgery.
If a resurfacing procedure is being done, please discontinue use of self- action tanning lotions/creams at least one week prior to the treatment.
Wash your face with a mild soap (Basis, Purpose, Dove, Jergens, Neutrogena) the evening before and the morning of the treatment.
Get a full night's sleep prior to surgery.
Wear light and loose clothing the day of the treatment, so you will be comfortable during the treatment. Avoid pull- over shirts/blouses that may irritate the treated areas when changing.
Do not wear any makeup (including mascara) or jewelry on the day of surgery.
If the procedure will be performed under either general anesthesia or sedation, eat nothing after the midnight before surgery.\