How Should You Prepare for Facelift Surgery?

Dr. Pero requests that his patients obtain pre-operative labs several weeks before surgery. Other requirements may include

  • Patients older than 45 years of age with medical conditions will need to obtain medical clearance prior to surgery.
  • Patients will need to stop taking any anticoagulation medications, aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory products (e.g., naproxen, ibuprofen), vitamin A, ginkgo biloba, and St. John’s Wort, at least 10 days before surgery, as they can interfere with blood clotting and cause bruising.
  • Patients should not drink alcohol at least 2 days before surgery to decrease swelling and bruising.
  • Patients should take Arnica montana, an herbal supplement, prior to surgery to minimize swelling and bruising. This is available over-the-counter or through his office.
  • Patients who smoke should refrain from smoking for approximately 2 weeks before the surgery, as nicotine causes the small blood vessels to become narrower, which decreases the blood flow to the skin.

Also, be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.