Facial Plastic Surgery

How to Prepare for Facial Plastic Surgery

January 10, 2023

Facial Plastic Surgery

Cosmetic surgeries, like any other surgery, require preparation. You should know what to expect and how to prepare for your surgery and recovery. Most patients return home the same day as their procedure.

What is Facial Plastic Surgery?

Facial plastic surgery is any cosmetic procedure that affects facial features, such as facelifts, neck lifts, rhinoplasty, eyelid lifts, lip lifts, brow lifts, and ear surgery. Dr. Coville performs the surgeries as a stand-alone or combined with other cosmetic surgeries. 

How Do I Prepare for Facial Plastic Surgery?

Before the procedure, Dr. Coville conducts a pre-operation consultation to discuss your personal goals, health concerns, and any preparation for your surgery. Some common discussion topics and preparation requirements include:


During your consultation, please discuss all medications, vitamins, and supplements you are currently taking. Some medicines affect healing, so you may need to stop taking prescriptions or lower dosages in preparation for your facial plastic surgery. Dr. Coville may  recommend medication he will ask you to take before your procedure. 


Peri-Operative Therapies

Depending on the surgery, Dr. Coville may advise intravenous hydration with nutrients and vitamins to help you recover and heal faster. You can discuss these at your pre-operative visit. 

What to Wear

We recommend wearing comfortable clothing for your procedure. You will wear a hospital gown during surgery but need something comfortable afterward. We recommend a button-up shirt so getting dressed and undressed is easy.

Do not wear any jewelry on the day of your procedure, and bring a container to hold eyeglasses or contact lenses. You must remove any body piercings and refrain from using body lotions, makeup, or false eyelashes.  

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Stop Smoking and Drinking

We recommend quitting smoking several weeks before your surgery and avoiding alcohol for at least three days prior. Smoking can cause nausea and aggravate the lungs during surgery. Furthermore, it slows recovery. 

Avoid Sun Exposure

We recommend avoiding direct sun exposure or receiving fake tans before surgery. It is best if your skin is in its natural state to ensure the best results for your surgery. 

Enlist Friends or Family

You cannot drive after your surgery, so you will need to plan for someone to drive you to and from your surgery. We also recommend having someone stay with you for at least the first night after your procedure to assist you as you recover.

Bring Insurance and Paperwork

As with any surgery, you will need your healthcare paperwork, insurance, and a personal ID card. We also recommend a copy of legal paperwork, such as a healthcare proxy and emergency contact information. 

Do Not Eat or Drink After Midnight

Most surgeries require you not to eat or drink after midnight the day before. Dr. Coville will discuss any specific instructions during your pre-op consultation. 

Under anesthesia, you will not have the reflexes to cough. If food or liquids gets in your lungs, you will be unable to react, which can put your life at risk. For your safety, please follow Dr. Coville’s instructions regarding food and drink before the surgery.


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Take the Next Step

Are you ready to learn more about facial plastic surgery? Schedule a consultation with Cornerstone Plastic Surgery using the form below by calling 609-957-5652 to learn more!

Cornerstone Plastic Surgery has two premier locations in Linwood and Tom’s River, NJ.