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We are dedicated to your aesthetic surgery results and healing at PERK Plastic Surgery. That begins with careful preparation leading up to your procedure. Here, you’ll find essential instructions leading up to your procedure date for a safe surgical experience and optimal recovery.

An important note about our electronic communication policy

For all medical questions or concerns, you must contact our main office by phone call, and not by email, text, web, social media, or any other method. Any text/web communication with your surgery coordinator or another staff member should be reserved for scheduling and non-urgent questions and concerns.

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Pre-Operative Instructions Video

video about pre-operative instructions

Starting Today:

  • Stop Smoking: smoking increases the risk of surgical complications, reduces circulation to the skin, and impairs healing.
  • Begin Multivitamin and Vitamin C Regimen: taking a multivitamin and Vitamin C twice daily improves your general health and promotes healing.
  • Stop Taking Aspirin and Ibuprofen: check all medications to ensure they do not contain aspirin or ibuprofen, as these can cause bleeding problems during and after surgery. Stop taking these medications two weeks before surgery, and switch to acetaminophen. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
  • Stop Taking Vitamin E: you should stop taking Vitamin E two weeks before your procedure.
  • Report Signs of Sickness or Colds: within 14 days of surgery, report any signs of a cold, a sore, or a fever blister on the surgery site.
  • Hair Considerations: if you are having facial surgery, you may color your hair up to one week before surgery. You cannot color your hair for four weeks following facial surgery.

The Day Before Surgery:

  • Confirm Surgery Time: our office will call you the day before your procedure to confirm the time and location. However, if you do not hear from the surgery center or the hospital, please call us at (310) 400-6180 before 5:00 PM.
  • Cleansing Instructions: shower and wash the surgical site(s) the night before your surgery with Dial soap. If you are having facial surgery, please wash your hair and do not use hairspray or other styling products.
  • Hair Removal Considerations: If you are having abdominal surgery, you may want to wax or shave your pubic area because you will have drains and dressing in that area.
  • Eating and Drinking: do not eat or drink anything after midnight if you are undergoing general anesthesia. Please note that this includes water, gum, and hard candy. However, you may take your medication with a sip of water if instructed.

The Morning of Surgery:

  • Hygiene: Brush your teeth but do not swallow any water. Once again, shower and cleanse the surgical area with Dial soap.
  • Makeup and Clothing: Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, perfume, or makeup on surgery day. Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing that does not go over your head. Be sure to remove all hairpins, wigs, and jewelry, and do not bring any valuables with you. If there is something you cannot remove, such as a dermal implant, please immediately notify your admitting nurse.
  • Check-In and Preparation: Please check in one hour before your scheduled surgery time. Report to the surgical building and ensure that we have the name and phone number of the person staying with you and driving you home.

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