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Before & After Surgery

If you are thinking of undergoing plastic surgery here in Toronto, Dr. Derek Ford wants to make sure you are as prepared as possible for all elements of the process, from safely preparing for the procedure to caring for yourself properly in the days, weeks, and months that follow. Here, review our simple bulleted list for our recommended guidelines at all phases of your experience.

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Preparing for Surgery

  • Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke. Smoking reduces circulation to the skin and impedes healing.
  • Take multivitamins, including vitamin C and zinc. This improves your general health as you prepare for surgery and also promotes healing.
  • Avoid vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) and warfarin (Coumadin) at least 2 weeks prior to and 1 week after surgery. These products can increase your tendency to bleed. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is permitted.
  • Although we call your prescriptions in to your preferred pharmacy before surgery, they are to be used only after surgery. We recommend picking them up in advance to ensure you are fully prepared to recuperate at home.
  • Please complete your required lab work prior to surgery.

Day Prior to Surgery

  • Our staff will contact you by telephone the week before your surgery to confirm your arrival time.
  • The night before your surgery, bathe yourself thoroughly using Phisoderm or another brand of antiseptic skin cleanser.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, including water, after midnight the night before surgery.
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Morning of Surgery

  • Continue to avoid food and drink.
  • You may brush your teeth, but do not swallow the water.
  • Shower and wash the surgical areas again with Phisoderm or your preferred antiseptic skin cleanser.
  • Please do not apply moisturizers, creams, lotions, or makeup of any kind.
  • Wear only comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and flat shoes. Ensure that any tops you wear do not need to be lifted over your head.
  • Do not wear contact lenses. Instead, bring along your eyeglasses if appropriate.
  • As a precautionary measure, valuables such as jewelry should be left at home.

At the Clinic

  • Please plan to arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the scheduled time of your procedure unless otherwise instructed.
  • Upon your arrival, press the "Surgical Suites" buzzer to gain entrance.
  • Proceed to the third floor by way of the elevator.
  • Once you reach the third floor, press the buzzer on the waiting room door to gain entrance. A nurse will greet you.

After Surgery

The following bullet points are general guidelines that are typically recommended after most surgeries. However, Dr. Ford will give you more specific instructions that reflect the specifics of your surgery.

  • Arrange care at home for the first 72 hours following discharge after surgery.
  • Please take prescribed pain medication every 4 to 6 hours as needed, as well as any antibiotics as prescribed. Do not take this medicine if you are not experiencing any pain. Please refrain from drinking alcohol while you are taking pain medication.
  • Apply the prescribed antibiotic ointment to your incisions twice daily.
  • It's best to keep a light diet immediately after surgery. Begin with soups and gradually progress to a soft diet that's high in protein.
  • You're typically scheduled for a follow-up visit 1 week after surgery.
  • You can plan to gradually resume your normal activities between 1 and 2 weeks after surgery. However, exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for about 4 to 6 weeks following surgery.

Things to Avoid

  • Straining, especially for the first 10 days after surgery.
  • Flexing your affected muscles.
  • Spending excessive time in bed. Staying sedentary for too long can increase your risk of blood clots.
  • Smoking, as it may contribute to poor healing.
  • Travel. For at least 2 weeks after surgery, stay close to home for your safety and comfort.

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