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Preparing for a Facelift

Dr. Paul Howard, Plastic Surgeon


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Don’t plan on doing anything taxing for a week because you may become tired and want to close your eyes sooner than you normally do. You may find that watching TV is also a strain. You may also experience some facial pain during the first couple of days.” You can count on some bruising, swelling, and being tired. You can count on some discomfort for the first couple of days, but if you don’t have that, what a nice surprise!

Make sure you have a positive companion taking care of you for the first few days following your surgery. Dr. Howard requires his patients to not be alone for the first 24 hours following your surgery. Make sure your caretaker is someone who will be supportive of your decision to have cosmetic surgery. The emotional stages patients experience following surgery affects the caretaker too

Dr. Howard requires his patients stop smoking at least 2 weeks prior to facial surgery. Tobacco replacement products should be finish two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date as well due to the nicotine in these products being equivalent to the nicotine in tobacco. For more information read Dr. Howard's blog article: Smoking & Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Howard recommends his patients consider a daily vitamin regimen prior to surgery. Patients may purchase a vitamin regimen appropriate for them at any local health food store, Whole Foods, or if you prefer a liquid vitamin regimen you may order “Daily Build” from Genesis Pure. Do not take additional Vitamin E products other than the recommended daily allowance. Large doses of Vitamin E prior to surgical procedures has been proven to actually inhibit the body’s ability to heal.

In conjunction with daily vitamins, Dr. Howard strongly recommends the use of two herbal supplements that help reduce bruising and swelling: Bromelain and Arnica.

Do plan to have plenty of food that will be easy for you and your caretaker to prepare. Extra movies and books on tape have been very popular with previous patients.

Two weeks prior to your scheduled surgery date, you need to make sure you avoid medications that contain aspirin, ibuprofen & other certain medications. The following is a detailed listing of medications to avoid prior to surgery:
4-Way Cold Tabs 5-Aminosalicylic Acid Acetilsalicylic Acid
Adprin-B products Alka-Seltzer Products Amigesic
Anacin products Anexsia w/ Codeine Argesic-SA
Arthura-G Arthriten Products Arthritis Foundation Products
Arthritis Pain Formula Arthritis BC Powder Arthropan
ASA Asacol Ascriptin Products
Aspergum Asprimox Products Axotal
Azdone Azulfidine Products B-A-C B
Backache Max. Strength Bayer Products C Powder
Bismatrol Products Buffered Aspirin Bufferin Products
Buffetts 11 Buffex Butal/ASA/CAFF
Butalbital Cama Arthritis Pain Relief Carisoprodol Compound
Cheracol Cope Choline Magnesium Choline Salicylate
Damason-P Coricidin Cortisone Medications
Dipentum Dolobid Darvon Compound-65 Darvon/ASA
Easprin Disalcid Doan’s Products
Equagesic Dristan Duragesic
Fiorinal Products Ecotrin Products Empirin Products
Gensan Excedrin Products Fiorgen PF
Isollyl Products Gelpirin Genprin
Lortab ASA Kaodene Halfprin Products
Magnesium Salicylate Magan Lanorinal
Marthritic Magsal Magnaprin Products
Methocarbamol Meprobamate Marnal
Mobigesic Micrainin Mesalamine
Night Time Cold Momentum Mobidin
Olsalazine Norgesic Products Mono-Gesic
Pabalate Products Orphengesic Products Norwich Products
Panasal P-A-C Oxycodone
Percodan Products Pentasa Pain Reliever Tabs
Propoxyphene Cmpd. Phenaphen/Codeine #3 Pepto-Bismol
Roxeprin Robaxisal Pink Bismuth
Salicylate Products Saleto Products Rowasa
Scot-Tussin 5-Action Salsalate Salflex
Sodium Salicylate Sine-off Salsitab
St. Joseph Aspirin Sodol Compound Sinutab
Suprax Sulfasalazine Soma Compound
Triaminicin Synalgos-DC Supac
Tussanil DH Tricosal Talwin
Vanquish Tussirex Products Trilisate
Zorprin Wesprin Ursinus-Inlay
Willow Bark Products    
Actron Acular (ophthalmic) Advil Products
Aleve Anaprox Products Ansaid
Cataflam Clinoril Daypro
Diclofenac Dimetapp Sinus Dristan Sinus
Etodolac Feldene Fenoprofen
Flurbiprofen IBU Genpril Haltran
Ibuprohm Ibuprin Ibuprofen
Indomethacin Indochron E-R Indocin Products
Lodine Ketoprofen Ketorolac
Mefenamic Acid Meclofenamate Meclomen
Motrin Products Menadol Midol Products
Naprelan Nabumetone Nalfon Products
Naproxen Naprosyn Products Naprox X
Nuprin Ocufen (ophthalmic) Orudis Products
Piroxicam Oxaprozin Profenal Sine-Aid Products
Relafen Oruvail Tolectin Products
Sulindac Ponstel Rhinocaps Voltaren
Suprofen Tolmetin Toradol
4-Way w/ Codeine A.C.A. A-A Compound
Accutrim Actifed All diet pills
Adapin Amitriptyline Amoxapine
Anafranil Anisindione Anturane
Anexsia BC Tablets Aventyl
Arthritis Bufferin Contac Childrens Advil
Clinoril C Desipramine Coumadin
Dalteparin Injection Dicumerol Dipyridamole
Doxycycline Emagrin Doxepin
Elavil Endep Enoxaparin Injection
Flagyl Fragmin Injection Etrafon Products
Garlic Heparin Furadantin
Imipramine Janimine Hydrocortisone
Isollyl Ludiomil Lovenox Injection Limbitrol Products
Nortriptyline Protriptyline Maprotiline Macrodantin
Tofranil Pamelor Norpramin
Vivactil Sinequan Pertofrance
Surmotil Triavil Trimipramine


If you are taking any medications listed above, they should be discontinued 2 weeks prior to surgery and only Tylenol should be taken for pain. All other medications that you are currently taking must be specifically cleared by your doctor prior to surgery. It is absolutely necessary that all of your current medications be specifically cleared by your doctor and the nursing staff.

Please Contact Dr. Howard's office if you have any questions prior to your surgery date.



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The Hidden Risks of Homeopathic and Herbal Supplements on Plastic Surgery by Dr. Paul Howard

The use of complimentary or alternative medicines such as those found in herbal or homeopathic preparations has increased from 20% or our patient population to more than 60% of our patients. The fascination of herbals, teas, and homeopathic products exists because people believe these medicines to be “natural” and therefore perceived to be “safe.” Only recently have these products been scrutinized carefully by the medical community to determine how safe they actually are. Safety issues are being addressed due to the fact that there are an increasing number of reports describing bleeding complications due to herbal remedies. . Read More . . .

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Dr. Paul Howard is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He completed his plastic surgery residency under Dr. Ralph Millard at the University of Miami.
Dr. Paul Howard is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Aesthestic Plastic Surgery, & the Dr. Ralph Millard Plastic Surgery Society and Education Foundation.

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