Pre-Surgery Instructions

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August 28, 2013
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Pre-Surgery Instructions

  • If you take daily medicines, take them as you usually do but use small sips of water to swallow them.
  • The night before and the morning of your surgery wash your face, with an antibacterial soap such as Dial Antibacterial or Lever 2000, etc.
  • Brush your teeth, scrape your tongue and use mouthwash.
  • DO NOT wear any skin products, moisturizers, makeup, lipstick, eyeliner, hair spray or fragrances.
  • Patients with long hair should wear it back.
  • Remove jewelry and leave it at home.
  • Wear comfortable clothing: sweats or PJ’s and avoid wearing pullover tops.
  • Remind us of any special concerns or conditions.
  • Men – when possible, shave the morning of the procedure.

Prescriptions and Medications:

  • Have any prescriptions filled prior to your procedure date.
  • A sedative is available upon request and should be taken one or two hours prior to the appointment, depending on which sedatives have been prescribed.
  • If a sedative is taken, YOU MUST have a driver escort you, and drive you to and from the office.
  • If an antibiotic is prescribed, begin taking as directed on your prescription.
  • We advise you to take the pain medication before your numbness wears off. It may be taken in the office after your surgery if you have a driver.
  • Avoid alcohol 3 to 5 days prior to surgery, as it is a blood thinner and may cause excessive bleeding and delay healing.
  • Please eat a non-spicy/ non greasy meal before your appointment, as you will be numb when you leave and may not feel like eating for a while.

Have an Ice Pack at Home:

  • The use of ice will help reduce swelling and discomfort after surgery.
  • Ice is useful for the first 24-48 hours after surgery.
  • Diet Suggestions:
  • Have soft foods available: pasta, eggs, fish, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu and potatoes are good choices.
  • Make certain to eat prior to your appointment, it will be helpful when taking your medications.
  • Avoid caffeine before your appointment.


  • Allow 24 to 48 hours of rest after your procedure.
  • Minimize your activity during this time.
  • Avoid activities that will elevate your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Healing will occur much faster by resting
Dr. Karl Zeren
Dr. Karl Zeren
Dr. Zeren and his staff are here to help you attain your treatment objectives by providing the highest level of Professional care in a manner that is comfortable and pleasant. We consider our role to be that of educators as well as clinicians, your questions are always welcomed and encouraged. We want to establish a relationship of mutual understanding, trust and respect. We are committed to providing technical excellence with exceptional attention to patient comfort.

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