Your First Procedure: How to Prepare and What to Expect


Deciding to have a cosmetic procedure is an important first step and yet it is not the only one. When preparing for your first procedure, there are some steps you can take along the way to make the whole process go as smoothly as possible.

Mentally prepare. Do your homework and ask lots of questions – we are here to address any and all of your concerns or fears about what will happen and how we work. We want you to be confident and comfortable throughout the process and will do everything we can to address your needs. There are several helpful checklists and PDFs available for you on our website so you can have as much information up front about things like anesthesia or medication.

Do not smoke or take medication unless prescribed by our office. Smoking and surgery DO NOT mix. Research shows that patients who smoke are at risk for complications, scarring, and not healing properly. When getting cosmetic surgery, you may be prescribed approved supplements or homeopathics leading up to your procedure. However, do not take any aspirin, herbal medications or Vitamin E supplements at least two weeks before your surgery. For a full list of medications to avoid, see them here. Any regular medication you are taking should be discussed with Dr. Lawton and she will coordinate with your primary care physician. Again, call our office if you have any questions about medications.

Arrange your pick up and someone to stay with you. Have someone drive you to and from the facility for your procedure rather than taking a taxi or other transportation. Make sure someone will be with your for the following 24 hours.

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. In most cases, button-up shirts will work best for your procedure but anything loose fitting, zippered or something similar will do. Do not wear any makeup or jewelry to your procedure. If you are having cosmetic breast surgery, a special bra will be provided for you.

Do not eat or drink after midnight. For most surgical procedures, you cannot eat or drink after midnight before the day of your surgery. This includes chewing gum or eating candy. You may take any prescribed or approved medications with a sip of water. While we do encourage a healthy lifestyle, it is not recommended to exercise the day prior or the day of your procedure.

When you arrive for your procedure at the Newport Beach Surgery Center, you will be welcomed into the facility which provides a calm environment. You will check in and be taken back to change. We will make sure you are comfortable and get you situated in a warmed bed. The anesthesiologist and Dr. Lawton will meet with you to discuss the process and answer any questions. Most of the time, patients fall asleep before they even reach the operating room. Everything will be monitored by both Dr. Lawton and the anesthesiologist to ensure you receive the best care while you are undergoing surgery.

Contact our office today with any questions or concerns you might have about your next procedure.

Visit the Newport Beach Surgery Center website for more information about the facility.


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