About three weeks prior to your chosen surgery date you will meet with Dr. Salzman’s plastic surgery nurse. An extensive personalized preoperative booklet will be presented and reviewed. In this booklet, are instructions for everything that will transpire from before surgery to after. She will review the medications that should be avoided before surgery. Any blood work, vision assessments or pre-op physician clearances that will be necessary will be scheduled. Breast implant sizes will be chosen and when necessary, custom body sculpting garments will be sized. Your chosen location of your procedure and its starting time will be provided. At the end of this appointment you will again meet with the patient care coordinator who will collect the fees for your surgery. This visit takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour, so plan accordingly.
The Day Of Surgery
Someone will have to bring you and take you home on the day of surgery. Please arrive on time. Wear comfortable clothing that is easy to change into and out of. Please bring any surgical garments that you have been given. Bring something to read or an iPod to listen to. Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before. This includes gum, hard candy, water and coffee. Leave all personal items and jewelry at home. Do not wear makeup or colored nail polish. Remove all piercings. Remember that all surgery times are estimates only. On occasion we will run early or late. Please be flexible in that regard.
After Your Procedure
Someone will have to stay with you on the first night. If you cannot find someone to do this our office can arrange for a private duty nurse to accompany you home and care for you. Your booklet is a good resource for managing your expectations of how quickly you will heal. Be patient. There will be swelling and bruising which will resolve over the next few days to a week. If you have questions your booklet contains all the telephone numbers to reach both Dr. Salzman and his nurse. Don’t hesitate to call. You are not expected to know everything and sometimes just a reassurance that what you are experiencing is normal is a great relief.