What to Expect

Prior to Surgery

Avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours before surgery as it can increase the risk of bleeding.
Get a good night’s sleep the night before surgery.

Day of Surgery

Wear loose, comfortable clothing (such as a shirt/blouse with buttons, rather than a pullover shirt) since you will need to change into a patient gown.

If the surgical site is on the face, please do not wear makeup as it can interfere with the sterile prep before surgery.

While you can certainly bring a book or something to do before surgery, do not bring or wear any valuables (jewelry, etc.) as they will be removed before surgery, and we don’t want them to be damaged or lost.

We will provide any medicines you need during your surgery (pain medicines, etc.). You will not be able to take any medications you bring with you.

Intravenous Anesthesia Patients:

If you are having intravenous anesthesia you will need someone to drive you home on the day of your surgery.

Do not eat any solid foods the day of the procedure. “Clear liquids” are OK until 6 hours before your scheduled arrival time.

These are NOT clear liquids: These ARE considered clear liquids:
Milk Water
Cream Ice chips
Orange juice Plain Jell-O
Applesauce Sports drinks like Gatorade
Pudding Fruit juice without pulp (apple juice is OK, orange juice is not)
Coffee Soup broth (liquid only, NO food items)
Popsicle made of flavored water or fruit juice (with NO fruit pulp)

You should not have anything by mouth during the 6 hours immediately before your procedure – not even water or medicines.


Take it easy after surgery – Do not plan to exercise or exert yourself for several days. Do not make any significant financial decisions or sign any legal documents for 24 hours after receiving intravenous or general anesthesia.

Depending on your surgeon’s instructions, you may have a large bandage over the surgical site for 24-48 hours. We will review your surgeon’s instructions with you and also provide a written copy to take home.


People who smoke don’t heal as well as non-smokers and are more likely to have problems after surgery. Avoiding smoking the week after surgery will help to decrease these risks.

Some common medicines and vitamins can thin the blood (for up to 10 days) and increase bleeding during and after surgery. These include garlic, ginkgo, vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen, and many other pain medications. Therefore, refrain from taking any of these agents for ten days before your surgery unless prescribed by a doctor (ex: aspirin). Tylenol (acetaminophen) is the only pain medicine that will NOT affect bleeding and is ok to use during this time.