Preoperative Instructions

For Plastic Surgery with Dr. Yates

1-2 weeks before plastic surgery

  • Avoid aspirin for 10 days before plastic surgery as it can contribute to bleeding.
  • Avoid smoking/ nicotine as it can lead to problems with wound healing particularly in extensive operations.
  • Eat a healthy diet, avoid excess alcohol or drugs.
  • Report any illnesses to Dr. Yates.
  • Arrange for time off work/ childcare etc…
  • Arrange for someone to be with you on the day of surgery and night after surgery.

The night before surgery/ day of surgery

  • We will call/ text to verify your surgery time the business day before surgery. Be flexible as sometimes our surgery schedule changes.
  • Wash the surgical site with antibacterial soap the night before and morning of surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight or 8 hours before your scheduled surgery time. No exceptions (water, coffee…). Medications may be taken with a sip of water.
  • Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to remove and replace (sweat pants and top that zips up the front).
  • Wear comfortable slip-on flat shoes.
  • Do not wear contacts (Bring your glasses if you wear them).
  • No Jewelry
  • You may be given preoperative medications for nausea and sedation. Bring these with you and you will be instructed when to take them (generally 30 minutes before your procedure).
  • Bring your post-operative medications. You will not need to take your antibiotics until the following day. You may start pain medications in recovery if needed.
  • Make sure you have someone that can drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Unless instructed otherwise the procedure will be at the Layton Tanner Clinic in our certified office operating suite.


  • Valium/ Diazepam – This is a sedative and muscle relaxant if prescribed it is to be used 1 pill every 6-8 hours as needed
  • Percocet/ Oxycodone – This is a pain medication used 1-2 pills every 4-6 hours as needed
  • Cephalexin (or other antibiotic if allergic) – start the day after surgery and continue until gone.  If a drain is necessary for your surgery we would have you continue antibiotics until the drains are removed
  • Zoran/ Ondansetron – For nausea, 1 pill every 8 hours as needed.
  • Eliquis – This is a blood thinner that is used rarely.  If used we will start this the following day if there are no problems with bleeding.  If you have an appointment the following day, wait until after the visit for the first dose.  One pill per day for three days.
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