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Plan for Your Special Day

Be sure to read over all of your instructions thoroughly.  This will ensure that all of your questions may be addressed prior to your surgery day.


Be sure to have your prescriptions filled prior to surgery.  You will want to have these available immediately following your surgery.


Certain procedures require you to cleanse the area with an anti-bacterial soap (Dial, Safeguard, Phase III) beginning 1-2 days prior to surgery.  Please review your pre-operative instructions for the exact duration specific to your procedure.


Begin using your Arnicare (provided during your pre-operative appointment) 2-3 days prior to surgery (rhinoplasty/septoplasty and blepharoplasty patients).


We recommend purchasing a stool softener (not a laxative) to begin taking the day after surgery.  Pain medication may make you constipated.


It is recommended, with certain procedures, that you begin using cold compresses over the area immediately following your return home.  We suggest preparing your cold compresses in advance.  Suggestion:  Purchase a large bag of frozen green peas or corn and one box of sandwich size Ziploc bags.  Fill six to eight of these bags with the frozen vegetables and place them in the freezer.  These will be ready to begin using immediately after surgery to decrease the bruising and swelling.


Please be sure to see additional preparations under your specific surgical procedure.

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*Individual results may vary.