Candidate for facial surgery
Although facial surgery can provide a number of positive advantages, it can put certain amount of stress on the patient's body. Because of this patients need to attain certain minimum health requirements to be able to undergo this surgery. Severe chronic illnesses may prevent patients from undergoing this surgery and heart and lung disease can also be prohibitive. In some cases, diabetic patients may not be able to undergo facial surgery.
A person's age, skin quality, the exact type of facial surgery being considered and a number of other factors also play a role in determining who is eligible for surgery. Luckily, it isn't just up to the patient to decide whether or not they feel up to the procedure. At the initial consultation, your surgeon will review your medical history and let you undergo a thorough physical examination to help determine whether or not facial surgery would be advisable in your circumstances.
You are a candidate for facial cosmetic surgery if you are in good general health and understand that facial enhancements cannot change who you are inside. Cosmetic surgery is designed to enhance your appearance while fulfilling your realistic expectations
Initial consultation with the Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon
Your initial appointment with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will include a consultation explaining your diagnosis and the possible treatment options. On certain occasions, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day. All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the consultation visit.
Kindly assist by providing the following details at the time of consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable
- A list of medications you are presently taking
- If you have medical or dental insurance bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims
A pre-operative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Do not eat or drink 8 hours prior to your surgery. You will need an adult to drive you home and also you will need to have someone stay with you for 24 hours following a general anesthesia. These instructions will be prescribed at the time of your consultation.
Please alert your doctors if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are on any medication (i.e. heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.)
Preparing for facial surgery
On the day of surgery clean your face with a mild cleanser.
- Do not wear make-up on the day of surgery.
- Do not use any exfoliating scrubs, hydroxyl acid products or Retin-A™ for one week prior to any cosmetic surgery.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight the night before the operation.