One week prior to Procedure
Patients are asked to discontinue alcohol consumption 1 week prior to your procedure. If patients dye their hair we ask that they please do so up to four days prior to their procedure, or at least 4 weeks after. The night prior to the procedure we ask that all patients thoroughly wash their hair. Patients having their procedures at a hospital or surgery center will be contacted by a representative from the facility 24-48 hours prior. The representative will go over any preoperative instructions to follow prior to the morning of your surgery. We also ask that patients begin Arnica Montana supplements at 3-5 days prior to their procedure. Arnica Montana is an herbal medication which we find helps reduce postoperative swelling and bruising. Arnica Montana tablets can be found over the counter in your local pharmacy. We also suggest that patients purchase specific after care and wound care supplies to use after their procedure.
Hydrogen peroxide, cotton swabs, sterile gauze pads, and disposable gloves should be purchased, as they will be needed for use in daily wound care. Bacitracin Ointment is also needed. This antibiotic ointment will be placed on your incision sites at least twice daily after surgery. DO NOT use triple antibiotic ointment or Neosporin. These ointments can cause unwanted irritation with prolonged use. Patients should have re-sealable plastic bags that will be used to hold ice. Bags of frozen peas also work well as ice packs.
If you’re having an eye procedure done, please purchase lubricating eye ointment (such as Lacri-Lube) and a moisturizing eye drop(such as Renew Lubricating Eye Drops). These products will be used to keep your eyes moist immediately after your procedure. Patients should have Baby Shampoo available. Patients are asked to wash their hair with gentle baby shampoo for the first 7-10 days after surgery. Normal shampoos and conditioners should not be used immediately after surgery because they can cause irritation. Patients should have soft foods on hand the first few days after surgery (yogurt, soup, smoothies, protein shakes, mashed potatoes, rice, etc.).
It may be difficult to chew immediately after your procedure do two bulky bandages. Nutrition is very important for wound healing, and patient find soft foods much easier to consume right after their procedure. Lastly, appropriate hydration is key after surgery. Patients should have water, Gatorade, or any electrolyte replenishing drinks available. Patient are asked to NOT consume caffeine containing beverages, or energy drinks such as Red Bull after surgery, as these products can cause elevation of blood pressure and bleeding.