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On the day of your cosmetic surgery procedure, it is normal to experience a range of emotions, including joy, excitement, and even some nervousness. But above all else, cosmetic surgeon Mark X. Lowney wants you to feel prepared. Here, he shares a helpful checklist for your day of surgery.
MORNING OF SURGERY
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the day of your surgery.
- Take medications with a small sip of water.
- Shower with the antiseptic soap provided to you.
- Refrain from applying deodorant, creams, lotions, cosmetics, and hair products.
- Remove dark-colored fingernail polish (light colors are OK, toenail polish in any color is OK).
- Take out piercings and jewelry.
- Wear glasses instead of contact lenses.
- Dress in loose-fitting clothing, including a top that zips up in front.
- Wear flat shoes or slip-on sandals.
HEADING TO THE SURGERY CENTER
- Confirm plans with the driver that will take you to the surgery center and pick you up afterward.
- Double-check directions to the surgery center (and plan for any traffic, if necessary).
- Pack up your photo ID card and insurance card.
- Leave cash and credit cards at home.
- Put a bottle of water, a package of crackers, a blanket, and soft pillows in the car for the ride home.
DRIVING HOME FROM THE SURGERY CENTER
- Have your driver take the smoothest route home from surgery (bumps and potholes may hurt).
- Use the pillows to get into a comfortable position.
- Eat a few crackers if you feel queasy from the anesthesia.
GETTING COMFORTABLE AT HOME
- Arrange yourself in a comfortable position in bed or on the couch.
- Sleep for most of the day, getting up every few hours to do a little walking.
- Keep your head and chest elevated with large pillows.
- Start your medications as directed and keep a written or electronic log of when and how much medication you take.
- Eat a light meal of comfort foods (e.g., soup, crackers, toast).
- Drink lots of water.
- Use ice packs on the treated area.
- Keep your post-surgery garments in place until the doctor advises otherwise.
- Do not smoke.