PRE Operative Instructions
You must be fasted prior to your procedure - DO NOT EAT, DRINK (even water) or CHEW anything for at least 6 hours before your procedure. The hospital will ring you the day before your procedure to confirm your admission time.
Notify Dr Lim of any other medications that you are currently taking.
Do not take any medication that contains aspirin, or take anti-inflammatory or herbal medication for two weeks before your procedure. Aspirin thins the blood and this can result in unnecessary blood loss during your procedure.
Please stop smoking four weeks before and four weeks after your procedure. Smoking decreases blood flow to skin and may delay the healing process.
Do not drink alcohol for two days before and two days after the procedure as it can interfere with the sedation you are given during surgery.
Arnica tablets, available from your health food store are recommended to be taken before and after your procedure. Arnica is available in tablet, spray and papule form please take as directed a few days prior to surgery. Arnica may help to reduce post-op bruising. Vitamin C and Zinc tablets are recommended to be taken two weeks before and after your surgery. These may help speed up the healing process.
Do not wear any nail polish, makeup or jewellery to the hospital and leave any valuables at home.
If you have a gastric band you will need to have a fluid diet the day before your surgery and fast for at least 8hrs on the day of your procedure.
You may also wish to take a scarf, hat or hooded jacket to wear home to cover your dressings.
It is recommended that you take a loose or button through shirt to the hospital with you, so it is easier for you to get dressed when it is time to go home.
It is recommended that if you colour your hair do it prior to your surgery, as you won’t be able to colour it for 6 weeks post surgery
POST Operative Instructions
Dr Lim will normally visit you in the hospital the morning after your surgery. He will be in contact with the nursing staff during your stay and you can usually go home after one night in hospital.
A general anaesthetic can take some time to recover from and if you feel a little slow and not quite yourself for a few days this is quite normal. It is recommended that you don’t drive for 3-4 days after the surgery.
After the operation, your forehead will be swollen and bruised.
You will have stitches or staples in the hair line. These will remain in place for one week and will be taken out when you visit Dr Lim one week post-op.
You will also be given oral pain relief, take as prescribed by Dr Lim.
Dr Lim will prescribe antibiotics to take for the first week after surgery. It is very important that you take the full course for it to be effective. This will help prevent any post-op infection.
It is important NOT to lie flat when sleeping; you must lie on a 45-degree angle, as this will decrease the amount of swelling you have. You can pop two pillows underneath your back to keep in this position.
It is also recommended that you put ice packs around the swelling on your face 3-4 times a day for a period of 20-30 minutes, this will help the swelling to go down.
Please do not put ice directly onto your skin.
You may very gently wash your hair two days after your surgery.
My staff will contact you daily for the first few days to make sure that you are feeling comfortable and that you are getting enough pain relief
Contact the rooms if any of the following develop;
- A high temperature above 38 degrees or chills
- Heavy bleeding or drainage from the incisions
- Severe pain and tenderness
- Redness around the incision which is spreading
- Loss of feeling in any part of your face
Once you have your stitches removed, you can apply Vitamin E oil or cream to the scars.
Both Dr Lim and the nursing staff are available to you in the post operative period and indeed at any time during your recovery. Should you have any concerns or questions please do not hesitate to contact the rooms. If you have any concerns after hours please contact the hospital where you had your surgery and they will be able to contact Dr Lim as required.