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PREPARING FOR YOUR CHICAGO PLASTIC SURGERY

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  • STOP SMOKING: Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing. For your safety, stop 3-4 weeks prior to surgery.
  • TAKE MULTIVITAMINS: Start taking multivitamins once daily to improve your general health once you have scheduled your surgery.
  • DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN OR IBUPROFEN: Stop taking medications containing aspirin or ibuprofen. Review the list of drugs containing aspirin and ibuprofen carefully. Such drugs can cause bleeding problems during and after surgery. Instead, use medications containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
  • LIMIT VITAMIN E: Do not take vitamin E for 3 weeks prior to surgery.
  • STOP TAKING ALL HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS: Many of these supplements have been linked to an increased risk of bleeding problems during and after surgery.
  • FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS: You will be given prescriptions for medications. Please have them filled BEFORE the day of surgery and bring them with you.

THE DAY BEFORE SURGERY

  • CONFIRM SURGERY TIME: We will call you to confirm the time of your surgery. If you are not going to be at home or at your office, please call us to confirm at (847) 696 – 9900.
  • PRESCRIPTIONS: Make sure that you have filled the prescriptions you were given and set the medications out to bring with you tomorrow.
  • CLEANSING: The night before surgery, shower and wash the surgical areas with Dial soap
  • EATING AND DRINKING: Do not eat or drink anything after 12:00 midnight. This includes water.

THE MORNING OF SURGERY

  • SPECIAL INFORMATION: Do not eat or drink anything! If you take a daily medication, you may take it with a sip of water in the early morning.
  • ORAL HYGIENE: You may brush your teeth but do not swallow the water
  • CLEANSING: Shower and wash the surgical areas again with Dial soap.
  • MAKE-UP: Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, or makeup.
  • CLOTHING: Wear only comfortable, loose fitting clothing that does not go over your head. Remove hairpins, wigs, and jewelry. Please do not bring valuables with you.

THE DAY AFTER SURGERY

  • SPECIAL INFORMATION: Take it easy! If you take a daily medication, take it as you normally would.
  • ORAL HYGIENE: You may brush your teeth and rinse out your mouth. If you have had facial or intraoral surgery, be gentle.
  • CLEANSING: You may shower after seeing Dr. Speron, who will make sure everything looks ok.
  • INCISIONS: Dr. Speron will instruct you on dressing changes after your 1st visit.
  • MAKE-UP: Please do not wear moisturizers, creams, lotions, or makeup until all your sutures are removed.
  • CLOTHING: Wear only comfortable, loose fitting clothing that does not go over your head. Remove hairpins, wigs, and jewelry.

  • call your doctor for unusual conditions such as: bleeding, severe pain, etc
  • you may return to school or work per your doctor's specific instructions
  • do not drive, operate machinery, or drink alcoholic beverages while taking prescription pain medication

23 Things To Do While Recovering From Your Surgery

23 Things To Do While Recovering From Your Surgery...(Meant to be amusing)

  • Pick a foreign accent and talk in it all day.
  • Answer an ad on how to make BIG money at home.
  • Make a Halloween costume out of your bedsheets.
  • Learn the Morse code.
  • Practice to become the World’s Fastest Remote-Control User.
  • Enter a sweepstakes.
  • Mix up a unique facial mask from your lunch.
  • Practice your kissing technique on a pocket mirror.
  • Try to name the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Imagine what you’d say to customers if you ran a phone “romance” service.
  • Name the 50 states; now try their capitals.
  • Teach yourself to shuffle cards like a casino dealer.
  • Say the alphabet backward.
  • See how long you can go without blinking.
  • Write your family history in rhymed verse.
  • Call a disc jockey and ask how many CDs and tapes the station has.
  • Compose a “letter to the editor” on a topic that bothers you.
  • Plan how you’d spend the money if you won a lottery.
  • Draw happy faces on your toes.
  • Call a talk show and say you’re a space alien. See if anyone notices.
  • Paste together your own “wish book” from mail-order catalogs.
  • Make a list of 100 wild, exciting things to do when you're completely recovered.
  • CONCENTRATE ON GETTING BACK TO NORMAL SOON!
Critical-Questions

By Dr. SAM SPERON

When I first published The 7 Critical Questions to Ask Before Letting Any Surgeon Touch You, I had no idea that it would be so popularly received. Since its publication, this brief guide has helped thousands like you to more safely navigate the world of cosmetic surgery. The 7 Questions have been updated and a bonus section, Applying the 7 Questions, has just been added. Be my guest to read, learn and share.