Patient Instructions

Please read and familiarize yourself with these instructions both BEFORE and AFTER surgery. By following them carefully you will ensure the best possible result. If you still have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us. Remember to take this list with you to the hospital and begin observing these directions before, on the day of and after surgery.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Refrain from smoking two weeks before and two weeks after surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, eight (8) hours before your surgery if it is scheduled under general anesthesia.
  • Arrange for someone to take you home from the hospital. You will not be allowed to leave alone.
  • Make sure to obtain any prescriptions given before the surgery prior to the day of surgery
  • If a medical clearance was requested, make sure to see your doctor within 10-30 days of surgery.
  • Send in your signed consent form as soon as you receive a copy from our office
  • Avoid taking any Aspirin, Motrin, Excedrin, Advil, Ibuprofen, Naproxen or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), Vitamin E, Fish Oil, alcohol at least one week before your surgery. If you need to take a pain reliever, stick to Tylenol extra strength. For a complete list of medications and supplements to avoid before your surgery click here (link to medications to avoid before surgery).
  • Find out more about preparing for surgery here (link to preparing for surgery)

Day of Surgery

  • Wear clothing that fastens in the front or back. Avoid slipover sweaters, T-shirts and turtlenecks.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, the morning of your surgery.
  • Leave your valuables at home; do not wear jewelry.
  • Do not wear any facial or eye make-up, or nail polish.
  • You may wear your glasses; do not wear contact lenses.
  • If you wear dentures, keep them in.
  • Avoid eating or drinking anything eight hours before surgery
  • Arrive at the hospital two hours before the scheduled surgery time

Post-Operative Care

  • If relevant, keep bandages on until you are instructed to remove them.
  • Avoid foods that require prolonged chewing. Otherwise, observe dietary restrictions discussed with Dr. Dagan.
  • Avoid extreme physical activity. Obtain more rest than you usually get and avoid exertion, including athletic activities and intercourse. Do not: bend, strain, or lift heavy objects for three weeks.
  • You may wash your face – if relevant, carefully avoid the dressing.
  • Absolutely avoid sun or sun lamps for 6 weeks after any cosmetic surgery; heat may cause the nose to swell.
  • Don’t be concerned if, following removal of dressing, the nose, eyes and upper lip show some swelling and discoloration – this usually clears in two weeks. In certain patients it may require 6 months for all swelling to completely subside.
  • Take only medications prescribed by your doctor.
  • Contact lenses may be worn the day after surgery.
  • Makeup may be used as soon as the bandages are removed. To cover discoloration, you may use a concealer like ERASE by Max Factor. We also have cover up in the office if you would like.
  • DON’T TAKE CHANCES! If you are concerned about anything you consider significant, call me at 212-585-3242.