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Pre/Post-Surgery Instructions Beverly Hills, CA

Pre/Post-Surgery Instructions

ANESTHESIA CASE: Nothing to drink or eat after midnight the evening before surgery. (Eight hours prior to surgery). Includes water, mint or gum.

LOCAL CASE: No need to fast. May have light breakfast. Please refrain from taking any prescribe medications from Dr. Parsa until instructed to do so.

Pre-Surgery Instructions

  • Arrange for a ride from surgery, all patients must have someone pick them up from surgery. No Taxi’s or Ubers.
  • Avoid smoking for 4 weeks before and after your surgery date.
  • Do not consume alcohol for one week before and after surgery.
  • Leave all valuables, including jewelry at home.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing, button/zip shirt.
  • Do not wear make-up or any type of lotion.
  • Please do not wear your contacts to surgery.
  • Check with your doctor about taking prescribed medicines on the morning of surgery. (take with very little water)
  • Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, fish oils or Ginkgo Biloba at least two weeks prior to surgery and after. (Please refer to 3 page list on Medications to Avoid)
  • Notify our office of any change in your physical condition e.g. cold, cough, or if you have any questions.

OPTIONAL: (instructions if bought over the counter)

  • Take Arnica Montana (30x) and Bromezyme (Bromelain 500mg). These medications aid with bruising and swelling. They may be purchased over the counter at a health food store, pharmacy or drug store.
    • Arnica Montana (30x recommended) Begin taking Arnica four days before surgery. Take 4 tabs 4 times daily sublingually (under the tongue) continue taking arnica after surgery for another 6 days.
    • Bromezyme (Bromelain) 500mg Begin taking Bromeyme 4 days before surgery. Take 1(500mg) tabs twice a day for 6 days. NOTE: IF given a prescription for Medrol, you will not take Bromezyme!
    • PURCHASED AT OUR OFFICE: If you purchase the Arnika Forte from our office. You will only need to start the day before. Two pills a day.

Post-Surgery Care Instructions

Our Office # 310-777-8880 (LIVE OPERATOR after hours)

CALL OFFICE IF: -Excessive pain, swelling or bleeding, Temperature over 100°, vomiting

  • ANESTHESIA CASES: Your First 24 Hours: If you are going home, a family member of friend must drive you because you have been sedated. Someone should stay overnight with you. If you choose to go to a postoperative center, they will provide transportation. If you have any questions about these matters, please ask one of our nursing staff.
  • Dressing: Do not remove them unless instructed to do so. For the first two days, please bathe below the neck area. After two days, when showering, avoid water spray onto face for the first week. Do not rub eye area!!!
  • Sleep on back only, keep head elevated and sleep on two pillows for at least on week.
  • Avoid making any critical decisions, using machineries or appliances or driving for 2 days.
  • Apply antibiotic ointment TWICE a day for 10 days.
    • For upper eyelid surgery: apply along incision.
    • For lower eyelid surgery: apply inside the eyelid without pulling eyelid.
  • CO2 LASER AREA: Keep a coat of Aquaphor on laser area, do not rub or pick area. (see instructions)

RECOMMENDED: Use artificial tears (i.e Refresh plus) to keep the eyes lubricated. Use as often as needed.

  • Ice Packs: Apply cold compresses to eyes for 48 hours, 20 minutes every hour 5 times a day. A wash cloth in ice cold water works best.
  • Diet: If you have any post operative nausea, carbonated sodas and dry crackers may settle the stomach. Start with liquids and bland foods if you feel normal.
  • Smoking and Alcohol: We advise not to smoke at all during the first 10 days after surgery. Alcohol increases postoperative bleeding so please do not drink until you have stopped taking the prescription pills. Combination of pain pills and alcohol can be dangerous.
  • Post Operative Appointment: It is very important that you follow the schedule of appointments we establish after surgery.
  • Sun Exposure: If fresh scars are exposed to the sun, they will tend to become darker and take longer to fade. Avoid sun exposure and take all precautions, use a big hat with a large rim and sunglasses anytime outside.
  • Driving: Please don’t drive for at least 2 days after general anesthesia or intravenous sedation, while taking prescription pain pills and/or eye is patched.
  • Activity/Sports: We encourage walking after two days to keep the blood circulating. We want you to avoid straining or any aerobic activity for at least 3 weeks after surgery including bending and lifting heavy objects (10 lbs or more). This is to avoid bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Do not resume strenuous exercise for 3 to 4 weeks. Dr. Parsa will give you clearance to increase your activities according to the progress of your recovery.
  • Avoid straining eyes with computers, cell phones and TV.
  • No make-up or creams and lotions on surgery area for 2 weeks.
  • DO NOT wear contact lenses until instructed by Dr. Parsa to do so after surgery.

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Dr. Parsa is not only an amazing surgeon! He is also very caring and meticulous! His expertise shows in his wonderful bedside manner overall knowledge of his field. I appreciate his knowledge, advice and professionalism for over 6 years. I trust him with my eyes and refers him to my family and friends! His staff is trusting and caring and I love seeing them!

Erica D.

Words cannot express how thankful and appreciative I am to have found you. I am deeply grateful for you, for your generosity and caring nature as pertaining to my medical condition. As you know, I was apprehensive about having further surgery, but you are and have been reassuring and confident in the type of procedure you would perform in order to fix my eyelid from the beginning. The fact that you are not pushy and gave me the time and space to make the decision on my own allowed me to prepare myself mentally and emotionally, that really made a difference. Besides from that, your continuous generosity made me confident that you were the right doctor for the task at hand. You will never know how appreciative I am of that. I would also like to let you know how pleased I am with the results of the surgery. I have not felt this comfortable in years. My parents are also very grateful since this was my 14th surgery. You have a true gift. Thank you again for your patience, time, concern, and overall care. I pray that God continues to give you strength to help people who truly need life-changing medical procedures.

Sophia P.

Dr. Parsa is an amazing doctor. Warm and very caring. I had my eyes done a couple years ago and I couldn't be happier. Dr. Parsa likes to take the conservative approach which I greatly appreciate in a doctor when it comes to cosmetic surgery. I also go to Dr. Parsa for Botox and he always knows just the right amount. The staff in Dr. Parsa's office are all terrific!

Todd H.