Instructions and Checklists

Fees & Insurance:

As a rule, aesthetic plastic surgery is considered “elective surgery” and is not covered by most insurance plans. Fees for aesthetic surgery are traditionally paid prior to surgery. All fees cover post surgery visits. Fees are clearly explained to the patient at the time of the first consultation.

Photographic Record

Pictures are taken prior to surgery to help plan the procedure. They are useful guidelines which the surgeon will use in planning and preparing for your procedure. In addition, postoperative photos are taken to enable you and the surgeon to evaluate the results of the procedure.

Informed Consent

You will be asked to review and sign a form that clearly describes your desired operation. This informed consent is a legal document and your authorization allows the surgeon to perform the surgery.

Before you sign the consent form and set a date for surgery, see if you can you answer YES to the following questions?

– Do you have a clear idea of the results you can expect?
– Are you clear about the result the doctor expects?
– Are these two pictures the same? (Do you and your doctor agree on the surgical objectives?).
– Do you know the incidence of complications for your procedure?
– Do you know what kind of scars you can expect?
– Have you chosen a good time to schedule surgery, with adequate time for recovery?

2 weeks prior & 2 weeks following the surgery:

– NO VITAMIN E except in a daily multi-vitamin.
– NO aspirin or aspirin products.
– NO anti-inflammatory products.
– NO ALCOHOL ( very important: NO RED WINE ).
– NO SMOKING or nicotine products.
– Extra-strength Tylenol (acetaminophen) is allowed pre- and post- operatively for pain and /or fever. NO herbs of any kind.
– NO recreational drugs at all- EXTREMELY DANGEROUS.
– Drink 8-10 glasses of bottled water per day.
You MUST notify our office of ANY medications you are taking, including over the counter drugs such as cold or headache medications, nose drops, etc.

THE NIGHT BEFORE SURGERY:

Wash face and shampoo hair using an antibacterial soap (Dettol) and shampoo. For procedures like body contouring and liposuction, Betadine surgical liquid soap should be used on the day prior to surgery and on the morning of surgery.
If instructed, take pre-op medication.
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK anything after 11:30 p.m. except as directed by our staff.

THE DAY OF SURGERY:

– Take pre-op medications as instructed.
– Remove all make-up and wash your face using an antibacterial soap before coming to the office for surgery.
– Do not use any hair spray or hair fixatives on the day of surgery.
– For men, shave closely prior to your office visit on the day of your surgery.
– Do not wear contact lenses to your surgery.
– Leave valuables at home or with family members.
– Wear loose, comfortable BUTTON DOWN THE FRONT clothing. If desired bring a scarf and sunglasses to wear when leaving the surgery centre.
– Please arrange for someone to drive you to and from the Surgery Centre on the day of your surgery. Make arrangements for someone to pick you up and remain with you for at least 24 hours following surgery. A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER MUST ACCOMPANY YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE THE SURGERY CENTER.
– DO NOT DRIVE following surgery until cleared by us or our staff.
– Do not sign any papers or make important decisions for 24 hours after surgery. Medications in your system may alter your judgment.

FOLLOW UP VISITS:

We will schedule frequent follow-up visits in the months after surgery, to check on the healing.Follow up visits are for the surgeon to gauge your progress and assess any further needs you may have to improve your results or experience and for you to share your thoughts, express concerns or simply gush with happiness about your outcome.

Please contact US immediately if you notice any of the following during your recovery:
– Bleeding from your suture lines.
– Pus or cloudy discharge from your incision areas and elsewhere.
– A very foul odour from your incision areas, navel or elsewhere.
– Uncontrollable pain.
– Blisters or suture “popping”.
– Temperature over 101° F