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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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