(In Office Surgical Facility)
- ☐ Prescriptions: anti-Viral medicine, pain medicine, antibiotic, anti-nausea medicine.
- ☐ Arnica: will be given at your pre-op appointment. Take as directed on packaging.
- ☐ Alastin: will be given at your pre-op appointment.
- ☐ Headband/Hair Ties: to keep hair away from treated areas.
- ☐ Cotton Balls: to softly cleanse the face.
- ☐ Fresh Pillow Cases: pillow cases will get dirty from use of topical skin products.
3-4 WEEKS BEFORE SURGERY
Obtain Medical Evaluation and Clearance. Make a visit to your primary care doctor to complete your medical evaluation and laboratory testing. Your surgeon may request for you to also be evaluated by a specialist. Please ensure any preoperative requests are completed 2 weeks before surgery.
Work and Recovery Arrangements. Make any arrangements to be off from work or other strenuous activities while you are recovering from surgery. Have extra help available, particularly if caring for small children.
Smoking. Tobacco, cigarettes and nicotine consumption will cause poor wound healing, longer healing times, and excessive scarring. We advise to discontinuing these products more than 4 weeks prior to surgery.
2 WEEKS BEFORE PROCEDURE
- Pre-op Appointment. You will come in for your preop appointment where you will review the procedure plan with your surgeon and go over logistical details with your patient coordinator. You can ask any questions you have regarding the procedure at the time of your appointment.
- Diet/Supplement Restrictions. Avoid foods, drinks and herbal supplements than can increase risk of bleeding and bruising. Avoid aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Motrin, blood thinners, vitamin E, omega-3, fish oil, and alcohol. Use Tylenol in place of other over the counter pain medications.
- Fill Prescriptions. These may include an antibiotic, pain medication, mild sedative, antiviral medication, and Alastin for after the procedure. Make sure you understand how and when to take all medications. We suggest keeping a note pad to keep track of the medications you have taken.
- Hair Removal. Avoid electrolysis / waxing / hair removal creams in area you are desiring skin resurfacing for 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
- Skincare Products. Stop alpha-hydroxy acids (glycolic acid), beta-hydroxy acids (salicylic acid) & benzoyl peroxide and any other similar or exfoliating products that may be drying and/or irritating 2 weeks prior to your procedure.
1 WEEK BEFORE PROCEDURE
- Review Instructions with Caregiver. Confirm who will be driving you to and from the surgical center and who will stay with you for at least 24 hours after the skin resurfacing treatment.
- Arnica. If provided, start your Arnica tablets as directed before surgery.
3 DAYS BEFORE PROCEDURE
- Cold Sores. For full-face laser resurfacing patients or patients with a history of cold sores will be prescribed an anti-viral medication to start prior to their procedure.
- Topical Skin Treatments. Stop using Retin-A, Hydroquinone, Retinols, Renova, Differin, for three days prior to treatment.
DAY BEFORE PROCEDURE
- Antibiotic. Take your Antibiotic 24 hours prior to procedure.
- Set Up Home Recovery Area. This may include pillows, blankets, books, television, and anything else to assist with a comfortable recovery.
- Bathing. You can shower but do not apply lotion, perfume, hair products, etc.
- Relax. Stay calm and get plenty of rest to avoid unnecessary stress.
DAY OF PROCEDURE
- Dress Comfortably: Do not wear nice clothing. Dress in comfortable, low neck, and loose-fitting clothes. Shirts that can be buttoned or zipped up are preferred.
- Wash Your Face. Wash face prior to treatment. Do not apply anything to your face after cleansing- this includes lotion, sunscreen, make up, etc.
- Valium. Take 2 Valium 30 minutes before you arrive at the office.
- Arrival to Office. Someone will need to drive you to and from the procedure (you cannot take a taxi cab or Uber). Bring the remaining Valium and pain medicine with you to the office.