Patients ask many questions about the day of surgery, but these seem to be the most common questions about getting ready for your surgery. Caroline, our awesome Patient Care Coordinator, compiled this list for me.
– Why do I have to stop smoking?
– Why can’t I eat or drink after midnight before my surgery?
– Why can’t I drive home after surgery?
– Why does the surgery center require me to get there 90 minutes before my surgery?
– Why can’t I wear eye makeup during surgery?
Why do I have to stop smoking?
Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and slows the creation of new blood vessels to the areas of healing. You should try to stop smoking 2-3 months before your operation. With certain types of procedures, such as a facelift, some plastic surgeons may not be willing to operate on you.
Why can’t I eat or drink after midnight before my surgery?
Your stomach must be empty to prevent vomiting when you get general anesthesia. The process of going to sleep may cause you to throw up. If you vomit during surgery, it could go into your lungs. If you eat or drink right before your surgery , your procedure may be postponed or cancelled.
Why can’t I drive home after surgery?
The medications that you receive will make you sleepy, making it unsafe for your to drive home. We actually don’t allow you to go home by yourself, whether it’s in a tax, bus, or train- a responsible adult has to take you home after surgery to help take care of you after your operation.
Why does the surgery center require me to get there 90 minutes before my surgery?
You will be meeting with the nurse, anesthesiologist, and your surgeon. You will probably need to fill out paperwork, get an IV, change into the surgical gown, and also have your surgeon draw on you. This takes time, which is why you’re asked to show up 90 minutes before your surgery start time.
Why can’t I wear eye makeup during surgery?
Small particles of makeup, especially mascara, can get into your eyes during surgery. These particles may scratch your cornea or damage your eye, damage because your blink reflex does not work while you’re under general anesthesia.
Caroline is great with going over all of the instructions and tweaks to help your operation go smoothly. If you’d like to schedule a consultation for a facelift in San Francisco, or other cosmetic procedures, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Roy Kim, MD, Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco, will be happy to see you.