Preparing for Surgery
Avoid aspirin, over the counter pain medications (such as Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, etc), vitamin E, or herbal supplements for 7-10 days prior to the surgery. These medicines thin the blood and increase the risk of bleeding complications.
Tylenol (acetaminophen) is OK to take before the surgery.
If you are taking blood thinners (such as Coumadin or Plavix), we ask that you stop these medicines for 3 days prior to surgery, but check with the prescribing physician first.
Continue all other prescribed medications, unless instructed otherwise, and take your medications as you normally do on the morning of surgery.
– Avoid alcoholic beverages for 24 hours prior to surgery, as they can increase bleeding. Stop smoking as smoking will increase the risk of complications from surgery and interfere with normal wound healing.
– Be well rested with a good night’s sleep. Eat a good breakfast/lunch on the day of the surgery, as you may be in the office for several hours.
– Please do not wear make-up, jewelry or nail polish, if it will cover the surgical site. Woman with an affected area anywhere on the face, ear or neck should not wear make-up.
– Transportation: You usually can drive yourself home after the surgery, but sometimes a driver is needed if the surgery is around the eye.