Cosmetic Surgery For The Face

How To Prepare For Cosmetic Procedures

The surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for any cosmetic procedure or combination of procedures.

  • As with all surgeries, it will be necessary to stop certain medications, such as blood thinners, a week or so before the procedure.
  • It is especially important to stop smoking at least a week or two before and after the procedure. Smoking inhibits blood flow to the skin and can interfere with healing.
  • People with short hair may prefer to let it grow for a while before having a face lift or brow lift. Longer hair can help conceal scars while they heal.
  • Special medications are sometimes prescribed for pretreatment of the skin before a chemical peel. It may be necessary to treat the skin for as long as a month before the peel.
  • It may be necessary to refrain from eating for several hours before the procedure.
  • Most cosmetic procedures are done as outpatient surgeries under local anesthesia, but a driver will be needed for the trip home and some help may be needed for the first day or two of recovery. Occasionally the procedures are done in the hospital.

Need To Know:

Let your doctor know if you have:

  • High blood pressure
  • Blood clotting problems
  • Allergies
  • A tendency to produce excessive scar tissue
  • A history of cold sores or blisters on the mouth
  • A history of acne

Also let your doctor know if you take medications (especially aspirin or other blood thinners) or if you smoke or use drugs.


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