Cosmetic Surgery FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
May I eat or drink the morning of surgery?
You may eat up to six hours before surgery. You may drink clear liquids up to three hours before surgery unless instructed differently. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia. You may brush your teeth, remembering not to swallow anything. Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
May I drink alcohol prior to surgery?
Do not drink alcohol for at least 12 hours before your arrival.
May I smoke prior to surgery?
No smoking after midnight the night before your surgery.
May I wear makeup, nail polish or jewelry during my surgery?
Please remove all these items before surgery.
I typically wear contact lenses – can I wear these to surgery?
If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping.
Should I take my medications that I normally do the morning of surgery?
Please do not take any medication after midnight unless instructed by your physician or our office. If you are diabetic or on blood pressure, heart or stomach medication, obtain specific instructions from your physician or the nurse who contacts you from our center.
Notify The Center & Your Surgeon if:
- You have an elevated temperature, cough, cold, vomiting or diarrhea between your last visit to the surgeon and the day of your surgery.
- You suspect you may be pregnant.
- You are taking: diet pills, aspirin, ibuprofen, or certain herbal medicines.
- You may need to stop taking these 1-2 weeks before your surgery. You can discuss this with your surgeon.
What should I bring with me the day of surgery?
- Insurance cards, photo ID and emergency contact numbers.
- Driver: You must plan to have someone drive you home. Do not plan to use taxis or other public transportation.
- Escort: A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours following surgery.
- Legal Guardian: A legal guardian must be in The Center AT ALL TIMES for children and dependent adults.
- Care For Children: If you have young children at home whom you normally care for, plan for someone else to care for them for at least the first 24 hours following your surgery.
What do I need to know for the day of surgery?
- Check-in – When you arrive at our center, we ask that you check-in at the registration desk and verify personal, escort and insurance information.
- Following Admission – After checking in, you will be brought to the pre-op area where the nurse will do a health interview and prepare you for surgery.
- You will stay in the pre-op area until it is time for your surgery.
- A nurse anesthetist will discuss your anesthesia with you and answer any questions.
- At the appropriate time you will be escorted to the operating room.
- During surgery, your escort may stay in the waiting area or leave and return at a previously discussed time. They will rejoin you in the Phase II recovery area after your surgery.
What should I generally expect after surgery?
Once you are in stable condition, you will be discharged to go home. Most patients are discharged one to three hours after surgery. It is normal to experience sleepiness and dizziness for 12 to 24 hours after surgery.
How do I know what I need to do for post-operative care?
- You will receive verbal and written post-surgical care instructions (please follow these instructions).
- Your escort must be available to discuss and sign these instructions before you will be allowed to go home.
- If you experience anything unusual after your surgery, please call your surgeon or go to the nearest emergency room.
- A nurse from our center will call you normally the day after your surgery to check on your recovery.
Will I be able to drive myself home after surgery?
No. DO NOT PLAN TO DRIVE yourself home or use public transportation after your procedure. A friend, relative or dedicated caregiver MUST stay with you for 24 hours. Do not drive a car or motorized vehicle, smoke or drink alcoholic beverages, operate machinery or cook for 24 hours after surgery.
Do I need to visit The Center before my surgery date?
All patients will need an up-to-date medical history and physical form. Some may need blood tests, EKG or x-rays. Your surgeon will advise where you will have this done.
What should I wear?
- Please wear comfortable loose clothing such as sweatsuits and easy button-down shirts or blouses that are big enough to accommodate a large bandage after surgery are best.
- Wear comfortable shoes; no high heels, please.
- Leave all jewelry at home, including body-piercing jewelry.
- If you wear contact lenses, you will have to remove them for the surgery, so consider bringing your glasses and a protective case.
- If you have to wear your contacts, please bring contact solution and a contacts case.
- Please do not wear any make-up as this can hide certain clinical signs.
- Please remove all body piercings.
Why must I refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery?
You refrain from eating and/or drinking prior to surgery in order to prevent the risks of aspirating gastric contents during your surgery. This complication is very serious and you need to strictly abide by our recommendations.
We have very clear policies as to specific times before surgery when you must refrain from eating and/or drinking. These are all based on safety standards. Please note that the standards have been revised recently.
The fasting time should be as short as possible before your surgery. You will not improve your safety by not eating or drinking longer than necessary; in fact, at times you may complicate things a bit.
Children have different fasting schedules than adults so please check with your surgeon or the nurse who calls you prior to the day of surgery.
Should I take my usual daily medication?
We generally request that you abide by what is recommended by the surgeon or the nurse calling you prior to surgery.
Diabetic medications will be individualized. We will usually hold diabetic medicines and manage your sugar at The Center. You should be contacted before your surgery leaving no doubts in your mind as to which medications you should take. Please bring a list of all your medications.
People using inhalers must bring them to The Center on the day of surgery.
Some medications will be stopped for the surgery, particularly diabetes medication and blood thinners.
Please call us with any questions you may have.
May I continue my herbal medications?
Herbal medications may have harmful effects on the surgery. Many of these remedies may affect your clotting mechanism and interfere with the anesthetic agents. (The list of drugs and their side effects are too great for this site.) We generally request that you stop these medications two weeks before surgery. Please remember to mention these remedies when being asked about medication.
Who may accompany me?
We ask that for adult patients, please have a responsible adult accompany you to The Center. Please refrain from bringing young children to The Center as guests.
Should I bathe and wash my hair before leaving home?
Yes. You can comfortably take a shower, bathe, brush your teeth, etc. Please bathe or shower using antimicrobial soap. Please do not use make up, hair spray, nail polish, lotions or oils after bathing. These may interfere with the anesthesia monitoring and possibly hide clinical signs from the anesthetist.
What should I do if I am not feeling well?
If you are not feeling well, please contact your surgeon immediately. During normal business hours, you can call The Center for advice. There are some surgeries which are safer if delayed when you are sick. We need to know specific details to make the decision. Please do not delay in contacting The Center.
What should I do if I believe that I am pregnant?
It is very important for us to be aware of this possibility. Only essential surgery is done on pregnant patients. If there is any doubt, please contact us immediately.
May I speak to my anesthetist before the surgery?
All patients will be seen by the anesthetist on the day of surgery prior to entering the operating room. Sufficient time should be spent to answer any questions you may have. If you need to speak to the anesthetist before the day of surgery, you are welcome to call The Center and we will arrange for you to speak with an anesthetist. We can also arrange a preoperative interview if you desire. You could also email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I have special needs?
We will make every effort to accommodate any special need you may have. We strongly encourage you to call The Center in advance so that we can properly prepare to make you comfortable. Do not hesitate to call and suggest anything that may make your day easier.
Should I bring my special needs equipment?
Yes. Please bring any walkers, post-op crutches, hearing aids, etc.
What must I bring with me on the day of surgery?
- Bring case for eyeglasses or contacts
- Bring insurance identification cards and driver’s license
- Bring a list of all medications, including over the counter and herbal medications
- Make sure you have a ride home and someone to care for you at home
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing
- Leave all jewelry and valuables at home
How will my pain be managed?
The management of your pain is of great importance to us. We will be assessing your level of pain from the time of admission until you receive our postoperative call at home.
The management of your pain will be taken very seriously. We will often use a combination of different modalities to help make you comfortable, choosing from oral medications, intravenous medications, injection of local anesthetic during the surgery, etc. and prior to the surgery, the management of your pain should be discussed with both your anesthetist and surgeon.
Please feel free to bring up any concerns or fears you may have. Remember that information on pain management gives you the appropriate expectations and hence a smoother, more comfortable recovery.
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