Preparing for Surgery

Conveniently located to serve the areas of Santa Monica and Los Angeles

If you are on prescription medication, please continue to take them unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Please inform us if you are taking any:

  • Blood pressure medicines
  • Blood thinners such as Coumadin, Plavix, Aspirin, Advil, Motrin or other aspirin-like medicines

Please inform us if you have:

  • Artificial joints or valves
  • A pacemaker in your heart
  • Any bleeding disease
  • Any problems with your immune system

Please do not take the following for the 7-10 days prior to surgery, as they increase the chance of bleeding:

  • Alcohol
  • Vitamin E
  • Gingko
  • Ginger
  • Ephedra or other nutritional supplements

Please get a good night sleep, eat normally the day of surgery, and bring a light snack with you. You may also want to bring a book, magazine or music to keep you occupied and entertained while you wait.

You can drive yourself to your appointment as there will be no general anesthesia or other sedating medications used. However, feel free to bring a friend or family member to accompany you if you would like the extra support or company!

We want you to have a great experience. If you have further questions regarding how to prepare for your dermatological surgery, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.