Cosmetic Surgery

THE ART OF PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY …

Pre- and Post-operative Instructions

Always Safety First

Your health is our first concern — we will do everything to ensure your safety and comfort. Be sure to follow these pre- and post-operative guidelines developed by Dr. Harry K. Moon and the staff over the last 25 years.

Before Surgery

Supplements you should take

 Calcium
1000 mg
Daily
Aids in blood clotting
 Flaxseed or Fish Oil1 capsuleDailyContains fatty acids that help the body heal and handle stress
 Magnesium500 mgDailyHelps regulate heart rhythm
 Vitamin C1000 mgDailyAids in manufacturing skin repairing collagen
 Vitamin E400 mgDailyHelps metabolism:
Stop 5 days before surgery
 Zinc50 mgDailyAids in wound healing

The Day Before Surgery

The Day of Surgery

We will be expecting you at the appointed time. Your family or loved ones can be with you until the time of your procedure, and may be with you in the recovery room.

Immediately After Surgery

The Day After Surgery (In-Patient)

The Day After Surgery (Outpatient)

Care of Incisions, Dressings and Drains

Your incisions will either be open to the air or covered with a dressing. If you have a dressing, we will remove it. The skin and area around the incision may be bruised and sore; this is normal. We will inform you when to use medications or ointments on your incision. Following some procedures, we commonly use drainage tubes to remove fluid from the surgical site. If you’re sent home with your drains, the nursing staff will instruct you in their care. The drainage tube will have a collection device attached. You will be asked to empty and record the amount of fluid in the container for every eight-hour period. This will help us know the right time to remove the drains. You will be given an appointment for their removal. Let us know if you have any questions regarding your drains or incisions.

Exercise and Activities

A very important part of recovery includes mild and progressive exercise. In the first days following surgery, this will consist of walking around inside your home. Move all your extremities through their full range of motion. Mild stretching is good, but you should avoid strenuous stretching, straining, or reaching.

Don’t strain lifting objects over a few pounds. In the first week after surgery, refrain from activities that would cause you to perspire. You should slowly increase your activities so that you return to your normal routine by the third or fourth week after surgery.

If you play tennis or golf, you may start again in three to four weeks. Begin with short sessions or gentle hitting before you return to your normal routine. If you’re a runner, walk before you jog. If you enjoy swimming, do not return to the ocean or pool until given the okay by Dr. Moon or the staff. It’s important to remember that skin softens when we’re in the water for prolonged periods. The wound should be completely healed and strong (usually three to four weeks) before being in the pool or ocean for prolonged periods.

Healthy Diet

What you eat and drink before and after surgery can effect the level of swelling you experience during your recovery. Much of the swelling and puffiness that patients experience is caused by fluid collecting in and around the wound as part of the healing process. There are many nutritionists who recommend several dietary measures to keep swelling at a minimum:

For eyelid surgery only:

After your eyelid surgery, you can leave the surgery center when you’re fully awake. You will need someone to drive you home as the effects of anesthesia may last for over 24 hours. You should also have someone stay with you overnight. If you need assistance, please let us know.

When you get home:

  • Lie or sleep with your head on two or three pillows.
  • Use frozen peas on the eye area for 36 hours to help reduce and prevent swelling and provide comfort.
  • Use artificial tears, two to three drops in each eye, as needed for dry eyes, every two hours while awake.
  • Take your medications with food to help reduce nausea. You may also resume your previous medications unless instructed otherwise. You may resume aspirin and similar types of products one week after surgery.
  • You may resume exercise in three weeks.

Your eyelids may become black and blue; it’s normal for your eyes to be scratchy. Call our office if you have pain that’s not controlled by your pain medication, or if you have brisk and prolonged bleeding or sudden swelling in one eye that’s very painful.

  • You will have some swelling that will subside in several days.
  • You may shower but avoid getting any soap in your eyes. Wash your hair with baby shampoo.
  • You will not have a dressing on your eyes, only a small tape to hold the end of the suture in place.
  • If your vision is fine you may drive after three days if you’re not taking pain medications. Lightweight glasses are fine to wear after surgery. You may wear soft contacts in four days, hard in seven days. Wear dark glasses when out in the sun.

We will call you the day following surgery. Call our office if you need us; a member of our team is always available.

Testimonials

“Dr. Moon was truly interested in achieving the results I was looking for. I couldn't be happier.”-John-

“I was concerned about safety, but Dr. Moon quickly alleviated my fear. I immediately felt comfortable and in good hands.”-Maggie-

“Dr. Moon is an artist. I feel and look years younger! Thank you, Dr. Moon.”-Sandy-