FACE/NECK LIFT AND EYELID SURGERY
PRIOR TO SURGERY YOU WILL NEED TO OBTAIN:
1. Antibacterial soap (“Dial”).
2. Hydrogen peroxide.
4. Have all prescriptions filled.
6. Make transportation arrangements because you will not be able to drive yourself home.
10-14 DAYS BEFORE SURGERY:
1. We recommend that you be on a well balanced diet and take a multi‑vitamin.
2. Do not take any aspirin (Refer to the list in your package). Do not take any extra Vitamin E.
3. Taking Tylenol is okay.
THE EVENING BEFORE SURGERY:
1. Shower and wash your face, neck, and shampoo your hair with Antibacterial Cleanser.
2. Take one antibiotic tablet at 5:00 p.m. the evening before surgery and another at bedtime.
3.Take 1 Valium at Bedtime.
4. Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
5. Do not eat or drink anything after mid‑night.
THE MORNING OF SURGERY:
DO NOT TAKE AN ANTIBIOTIC TABLET IN AM
1. Shower and wash your face, neck, and shampoo your hair with the antibacterial Cleanser. Dry your hair before coming to the office.
Men: Please shave.
Ladies: Please do not wear any make-up.
2. Take one Valium one hour before surgery.
3. Wear loose clothing with no pullover tops, please. Low slip on shoes are recommended.
4. Please leave all valuables at home.
1. You will remain in the office recovery room.
2. Elevate head and shoulders on two pillows do nor lie flat. You are encouraged to sleep in this position for a few days.
3. Don't turn your head from side to side or up and down. Don't bend over or strain. This will increase pressure to the surgical site and cause tension on sutured areas. Avoid this as much as possible for at least 2 weeks.
4. When you get home, begin applying iced compresses to your eyes every hour for 1 0 to 1 5 minutes the day and evening of your surgery. We recommend you continue applying the ice cold compresses periodically after the surgery day for up to 72 hours to help reduce swelling and for comfort. You may use a small washcloth that has been soaked in iced water and wrung out.
5.After surgery, take 1 antibiotic tablet 4 times a day until they are all gone.
6. Take one pain pill as needed.
7. Upon arriving home following surgery, eat lightly. Do not drink alcohol.
8. If you are experiencing nausea or vomiting the evening of surgery, drink Coca-Cola, beginning with 1 teaspoon at a time., lf necessary, try Dramamine or another motion sickness medicine.
9.. Call (858) 451-3060 if you have any problems or questions
I 0. You may wish to bring a scarf or hat to wear home the day your dressings are removed.
ADDITIONAL POSTOPERATIVE INFORMATION:
I. Q‑tips moistened with Hydrogen peroxide should be used to cleanse eyelid incisions, gently keeping them free of crust formation.
2. When instructed, shampoo your hair (using your favorite shampoo or baby shampoo) and then continue with a daily shampoo for about a week This will help keep the incisions as clean as possible and aid in healing.
3. You should expect swelling (often times quite a bit) and discoloration about your eyes, face and neck. This will begin to subside in a few days and will be virtually gone in 1 0 days to 2 weeks.
4. Tearing often occurs after eye surgery. You may use commercial eyewash drops to ease this. Also, more frequent blinking is necessary as the eye is drier, due to swelling.
5. As healing progresses it is normal to feel tingling, tightness and some stiffness.
6. You may feel little bumps here and there. These are simple bruises and will disappear in a few weeks.
7. Numbness is usual and will last up to three months in some areas.
8. You may have a shampoo and set in a beauty shop 2 or 3 weeks post-operatively. Do not use a hot dryer. Check the temperature with your hands.
9. Your hair may be colored 5 to 6 weeks postoperatively.
10. Conditioners may be used in 2 to 3 weeks, although hot pack conditioners should not be used for 5 to 6 weeks postoperatively.
11. Do Not Use Heating Pad on Face or Neck.
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