Pre & Post Op Care
The happiest patients are typically those who become the most educated about the surgery they wish to undergo. Dr. Burke Robinson practices an unwavering dedication to patient education and our team is ready to answer any and all questions patients may have before and after their procedure.
During your pre-operative visit, you will meet with Dr. Burke Robinson and our Certified Medical Assistant and Licensed Esthetician. We will provide you with a complete post-operative package and instructions you will need before your surgery.
Dr. Robinson and our team will provide you with any prescriptions needed during your recovery. We may instruct you to discontinue certain medications and vitamins, aspirin products, diet medications, smoking, Vitamin E and all herbal medications. This gives your body two weeks to prepare for surgery. In addition, Dr. Robinson will ask you to discontinue any alcohol consumption at least 3 or 4 days prior to surgery as it can increase bruising and bleeding.
We will discuss with you how long your surgery will last, confirm your surgery time, give you directions to the surgery center and make sure you have a friend or family member to drive you home.
We may be required to request additional tests and clearances depending of the surgical procedure and your age. Some of the additional tests are EKG, Blood work and cardiac clearances. We will notify you prior to surgery if additional tests are required.
Dr. Robinson and our team will spend as much time with you as necessary to ensure you have no unanswered questions and are ready for surgery.
Post-Operative Care & Recovery
As you get nearer your procedure date you’ll want to go over the package given to you at the preoperative visit. Also review the “Preparing for Plastic Surgery” and the Post-Operative Q&A below for some sound advice.
The first few days after surgery are the most difficult. You can expect to look worse before you look better. All surgery including cosmetic surgery involves bruising and swelling. Many people don’t realize this and become alarmed.
The swelling and bruising will peak by the third day. Try to relax and enjoy some quiet time as you get through these first few days. You’ll begin to see your results soon. Ice bags or frozen peas can be your best friend in these first 24 to 72 hours. Failure to apply cold compresses may result in prolonged and even increased swelling.
After having had facial plastic surgery, sleep on your back (not your side) and keep your head elevated, this will help to minimize swelling. You can’t imagine the difference elevating your head can make in the speed of your recovery. When you sleep on your side the fluids (swelling) will be drawn towards the lowest point which is on one side of your face. This can be quite disturbing.
Drink plenty of fluids and eat a little something before taking any medications prescribed by Dr. Burke Robinson. (Some medications can cause nausea on an empty stomach) It’s important to walk around a little bit, but no heavy lifting, stooping down (don’t bend over) and refrain from exercise until Dr. Robinson gives the okay.
There’s really not much discomfort following most facial procedures, however your pre-operative prescriptions will include a pain medication to relieve any discomfort.
Do not drive until Dr. Burke Robinson or his Certified Medical Assistant gives you the okay or while taking pain medications. Following most cosmetic procedures that involve the face and neck, you can typically resume driving once you stop taking pain medications.
If you have any questions regarding your post-operative care, please call our office at 770-667-3090.
Most Common Post-Operative Q&A
Q: When will I be able to wear makeup after my facial plastic surgery?
A: You will be able to wear makeup after one week or after the removal of any sutures with the exception of skin resurfacing procedures. Best advice is to wait until there are no open wounds and use clean or new makeup, preferably a mineral makeup with antibacterial properties.
Q: When can I wash my hair after surgery?
A: Washing your hair is allowed 48 hours following surgery.
Q: How long and how badly will I bruise?
A: Bruising is patient and procedure specific. Bruising can last from 7-10 days or more. We provide Arnica Montana with your pre-operative package, free of charge to you to aid in your recovery and to minimize bruising.
Q: How long do sutures and staples stay in after my surgical procedure?
A: Sutures remain in for 5-7 days. Staples are removed between day 10 and 12. For our facelift patients, every other staple will be removed between day 5 and 7.
Common Post-Operative Prescriptions
To ensure a smooth recovery, Dr. Robinson may provide you with some prescription medications at your pre-operative visit for you to take after surgery. Please be sure to fill these prescriptions prior to your surgery.
Below is a list of common medications for your reference. We include instructions on your post-operative package.
- Antibiotics: Cipro, Ceftin
- Antiviral: Valtrex
- Skin Care: Aquaphor Ointment, Hydrogen Peroxide. Arnica Montana (for bruising)
- Sleep: Ambien
- Swelling: Medrol Dose Pack
- Pain Control: Lortab