Pre & Post Op Care


You should always speak to us regarding specific instructions for care to take both before, during and after your dermatologic procedure. Many skin-related procedures are done in our office, with little to no recovery time. Other procedures are more significant, however, and in those cases some general tips may help you minimize your downtime following the procedure.

Before Your Procedure

If your procedure involves surgery, you may drive yourself you to and from your appointment. It is advisable to not smoke or take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications for several days preceding the operation. Also, if you expect a recovery time of several days, you will want to have your room prepared, with a comfortable bed and all the materials you will need while recovering, including snacks, necessary prescriptions, lotions or ointments for any incisions, reading materials, and anything else you anticipate needing close at hand.

After Your Procedure

Follow any instructions we have given you for your post-operation recovery time exactly, and take all of your medication as prescribed. You should avoid aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications, and you should also avoid smoke or second-hand smoke while recovering. Be sure to eat healthy foods rich in vitamins, particularly Vitamin C to help reduce swelling. Above all, patience and rest is vitally important.

Post-Operative Depression

A common symptom following many cosmetic surgical procedures is a deep sense of remorse known commonly as post-operative depression. Typically, the person who has undergone surgery feels that the procedure was not worth the recovery period, or that the procedure did not have the desired effect. In many cosmetic cases, the swelling that accompanies the surgery often distorts the operated area and may make it look worse than it was before the procedure, which only worsens the patient’s outlook. This post-operative depression is common and almost always fades as the patient gets through the recovery period, the swelling lessens, and the patient can really see how improved they look. The best remedy for post-operative depression, however, is simply to ensure that you have a realistic set of expectations for your surgery, and to fully understand going into the procedure what to expect while you recover.


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