Preparing For Your Surgery

With any type of surgery, there are certain preparations that need to take place. Determining what’s necessary depends on the type of surgery being performed and the type of anesthesia that will be administered. The following are considerations for you to discuss with your doctor or surgeon prior to your procedure:

  • Ask the surgeon to explain the benefits, risks and expectations of the procedure.
  • Discuss what type of anesthesia will be administered and what recovery time is expected.
  • Inform your doctor of any medications (over-the-counter or prescription) you’re currently taking, as well as any prior procedures, history of chronic illnesses or allergies you may have.
  • Avoid drinking and eating for the recommended time period before or after surgery.
  • Follow all specific preoperative bathing, shaving or cleaning instructions.
  • Discuss any postoperative instructions that need to be followed (for example, changing dressings, post-op medications, follow-up appointments).
  • Do not wear makeup the day of surgery, including nail polish.
  • Do not wear eye contacts the day of surgery.
  • Leave valuables and jewelry at home.
  • Advise the medical staff of dentures or other prosthetic devices you may be wearing.
  • Be sure to arrange all insurance coverage prior to surgery, as many insurance carriers do not cover many types of plastic surgery procedures (particularly cosmetic procedures).
  • Be sure to arrange a ride home after your procedure.