- Do not take aspirin products, non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Ibuprophen, Motrin, Aleve and other prescription drugs, multi-vitamins, vitamin E, anti-aging medications, herbal pills, or products containing these drugs for two weeks prior to surgery and for two weeks following surgery. You should take blood pressure medication in the morning of surgery with sips of water. All other medications (cholesterol, hormones, diabetes etc.) can be skipped.
- Do not eat or drink anything from midnight on the day of the surgery for all anesthesia procedures (no coffee, chewing gum, saltines, etc.).
- Wear clothing that has a button or zipper front and avoid clothing that pulls over the head.
- Do not wear makeup or contact lenses.
- Be sure to have a family member or friend drive you home after the surgery and stay with you for the remainder of the day. If you have sedation or general anesthesia, you will not be allowed to leave alone. You must have someone accompany you. A taxi cab driver is not allowed to pick you up, unless you are accompanied by a relative/friend. We will provide you with limousine information, should you require a driver.
- Schedule a post-operation follow-up appointment.
- Fill prescriptions Dr. Byun has given to you prior to surgery. Most patients will receive IV Antibiotics during surgery. Prescription for pain medications can be used only as needed should pain increase after surgery. Tigan (big pink pill) is a rectal suppository. Use this only in the case of severe nausea.
- Buy a reusable ice pack from your local pharmacy (i.e. Walgreens) and a box of clean gauze. You will use them for eye and face areas. The first 48 hours makes the most difference.
- If you are a smoker, stop smoking two weeks prior to surgery and two weeks following surgery. Do not wear a nicotine patch or chew nicotine gum because they constrict the blood vessels and deliver less amount of oxygen to the surgery areas.
- If you consume alcohol, and are a “social drinker”, meaning you allow yourself one or two glasses of wine, or an occasional beer, on one or two occasions weekly, you need to stop any alcohol intake, 48 hours prior to surgery.
If you are inclined to have more than “the occasional drink”, meaning your body is conditioned to alcohol intake on a daily basis, or five times, or more, weekly, you need to stop any alcohol consumption 5 days prior to surgery.
You will be receiving a pre-op phone call the day prior to surgery to give you any instructions, additional information, or answer any questions you may have with regard to your scheduled procedure.