Before Facial Procedures

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Discontinue Aspirin or any drugs containing aspirin, including arthritis, pain or anti-inflammatory medications for two (2) weeks prior to surgery and for two (2) weeks after surgery.  These drugs may cause increased bruising and bleeding at the time of surgery due to their effect on clotting.  Use Tylenol instead.

Eat a balanced diet and do not attempt to lose weight in the two (2) weeks prior to your surgery.  Proper nutrition is important for healing.  Taking multivitamins daily will also promote your general health.

For patients undergoing facelift procedures:  No smoking three (3) weeks prior to surgery and three (3) weeks following surgery.  If you have any questions, please ask the doctors at Willow Bend Cosmetic Surgery.  We also recommend that smokers take 2 gm. of Vitamin C per day for two (2) weeks before and two (2) weeks after surgery.

Fill your prescriptions prior to surgery.

Notify the doctor if a cold or infection develops in the weeks prior to surgery.

For patients undergoing a facelift or browlift procedure, hair cannot be tinted or colored for three weeks after surgery.  Therefore, you may want to have this done several days before surgery if necessary.

For patients undergoing an Endoscopic Brow Lift, Chin Implant or Cheek Implants -begin rinsing with prescription mouth rinse 2 days prior to surgery, rinse the morning of surgery and continue 4 days after your surgery.

The Day Before Surgery

No food or liquids after midnight the evening before your surgery.

The Morning of Surgery

You may brush your teeth and rinse with prescription mouth rinse if recommended.

Wash your hair, face, neck and behind ears with Hibiclens anti-bacterial wash thoroughly for 2 days prior to surgery and the morning of surgery.  Hibiclens wash can be found at most local pharmacies.  Ask your local pharmacist for assistance.  Reduction of skin bacteria will decrease the risk of infection.  Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, makeup, hair gel, etc.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.  No blue jeans.  Nothing that has to go over your head.  Remove all jewelry, hairpins, contact lenses, belly button rings, etc.

Remember to take any necessary medicines with a small sip of water.

Suggestions to help the healing process

Arnica Montana can be purchased at your local health foods store.  Place 4 tablets under your tongue 4 times per day.  Begin 4 days prior to surgery and continue for 4 days after surgery.  Arnica Montana is known to reduce and minimize bruising and swelling.

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