Before your surgery

To maximize the results of your surgery, we recommend an anti-inflammatory diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats and processed sugars. This will help to decrease the amount of swelling and bruising as you recover from the operation. It will also help your tissues heal faster and will reduce the amount of scarring. If you are an active smoker, we strongly recommend you stop tobacco at least two weeks before the surgery. This will increase oxygen delivery to the operative site and will prevent tissue loss.

The following medications and supplements must be discontinued three weeks before the surgical procedure:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, indomethacin and related drugs.
  • Anticoagulants (blood thinners), such as clopidogrel, heparin, and warfarin.
  • All supplements that may contain garlic, ginseng, gingko, omega 3 and vitamin E.

Important Note: Please consult your primary physician or cardiologist before discontinuing any of these medications.

As you recover from surgery

  • Apply cold compresses to the operated area for the first 12 hours after leaving the facility. Ice packs keep the swelling down and may also decrease discomfort.
  • Try to minimize bending and heavy lifting the first week after surgery; this will also reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Maintain your head elevated and supported while you sleep.