Preparing for Surgery & the Pre-operative Visit
Patients who are considering plastic surgery with Drs. Andrea and Brian Hass should be assured that the procedures we offer in our full accredited, AAAASF operating facility have proven to be safe when perfomed by skilled board certified plastic surgeons like the Hasses. Whether you seek a breast augmentation, eye lid or facelift surgery, rhinoplasty or a tummy tuck or liposuction, there is a helpful list of preparations and precautions that we strongly recommend for everyone prior to surgery. They are:
No aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins and supplements at least 2 – 4 weeks prior to surgery or even your injectable filler appointments. This will help minimize bruising and speed up your recovery as these items thin blood and promote increased swelling, bleeding and bruising.
For certain procedures (i.e. tummy tuck, breast lift, breast reduction or facelift) we require that our patients quit smoking for at least 2 weeks before surgery and stay off cigarettes and tobacco for at least a month after. (Smoking greatly increases your risk of complications and will contribute the chances for poor healing, circulation and scars.)
After your surgery please arrange for someone to drive you to and from our surgery center (except for those patients staying at our convenient recovery center, The Secret Garden on Singer Island. These transportation details will then be made directly with them to get you to the recovery center or even to our surgery center for your appointment.
If you are planning to recover at home please be sure someone can care for you the first 24 to 72 hours after surgery. For your first days after surgery we suggest you wear loose clothing which will be easier for your to handle after your operation (i.e. a shirt that buttons in front, loose fitting workout pants, etc.)
On the evening before your surgery do not eat or drink anything after bedtime (midnight) on the day before your procedure, unless you have been instructed by our nursing staff. Follow all of the doctor’s instructions carefully and when in doubt call our office for specific details.
Once your surgery has been scheduled, we will set up a pre-operative visit generally at 2 weeks before your date. At that visit our nurse will check your general health and readiness for your surgery and go over instructions, review consents and take your pre-operative photos. You will also meet again with your surgeon (Drs. Andrea or Brian Hass) to go over your surgery details. If necessary additional tests or further medical clearance from your other primary care physicians may be requested at this time, but is generally not needed if you are in good health. At the conclusion of your pre-op visit you will receive thorough post-operative instructions and all necessary prescriptions or garments to take home.