General Pre-Operative Instructions

  • Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications (call us for a list of OTC medications to avoid).
  • If you smoke, quit smoking for at least 2 weeks pre-op (and anticipate no smoking during recovery).
  • Make arrangements to have someone drive you to and from the operation.
  • Arrange for someone to care for you the first 24 – 72 hours after surgery.
  • Fill prescriptions (especially pain medications and antibiotics) before surgery.
  • Set up a comfortable home recovery area.
  • Prepare ice packs to reduce post-op swelling.
  • Use moisturizers, scar reducing creams, and petroleum jelly for incisions.
  • Have laxatives on hand (pain medications are often binding).
  • Purchase eye drops (after any surgery, eyes can be dry).
  • On the day of surgery, wear loose clothing that will be easy to get off and on after the operation.
  • Follow Dr. Sessions’s directions carefully regarding medications, eating, and drinking, etc.



General Post-Operative Instructions

  • Apply ice packs or compresses to minimize swelling.
  • Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Do not smoke or be exposed to secondary smoke during recovery.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Use a sunblock (minimum 15 SPF) to protect your skin.
  • Make sure to attend all follow-up appointments to reduce the possibility of complications.
  • Upon your first visit following surgery, bandages are usually removed.
  • Stitches that are not absorbable will be removed after 3 – 10 days.
  • You can expect to return to work between 3 days to 3 weeks after surgery, depending on the procedure.
  • Purchase eye drops (after any surgery, eyes can be dry).
  • Exercise: 2 weeks after facial surgery, 4 weeks after body work.

You will receive thorough instructions specific to your cosmetic procedure from Dr. Sessions.