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Patient Safety

Do Your Homework

Selecting a board certified plastic surgeon to perform your procedure is an important step in achieving your optimal surgical outcome safely. Doing your homework means understanding your procedure, having trust in your surgeon and assuring your surgical facility is safe and accredited.

Your Health and Safety

Before undergoing surgery requiring sedation or general anesthesia, a full medical history including diagnostic tests is recommended. Part of this medical history requires that you provide candid answers to questions about your general state of health, including:

  • A full disclosure of health history including any illness, prior surgery of any kind and complications from prior surgery
  • All types of allergies and any reaction to prior anesthesia
  • Current medications, the use of vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • The use of oral contraceptives by women

Before surgery, you must follow all of your plastic surgeon's instructions. This may include:

  • Cessation of smoking
  • Stop taking certain types of medications that may increase your risk of abnormal bleeding

On the day of surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Avoid eating or drinking anything within a defined time period prior to surgery

Follow all postoperative instructions carefully, including cleansing and at-home treatment regimens, and avoid sun exposure. Your cooperation will influence the outcome of your surgery.



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