How do I prepare for a buccal fat excision surgery?
Once the buccal fat removal surgery has been scheduled, Dr. Mesa’s staff will give you a complete set of written aftercare instructions; follow them closely for proper healing. In general, these are the main points a patient should remember to ensure a smooth procedure and recovery process:
- Avoid any medications and oral supplements thin the blood and therefore increase the risk of bruising (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin, Advil, fish oil, omega oils, multivitamins, etc.)
- Fill prescriptions for antibiotics before the day of your surgery.
- Fill out your medical-grade oral mouthwash and use it after every meal for one week to avoid food to be trapped close to the incision and decrease the risk of infection.
- Drink one bottle of Gatorade the night before the surgery and a second one the morning before the procedure to make sure you are hydrated, so the buccal fat removal is easier).
- Avoid eating any hard food like chips, Doritos, crackers, etc., since they could pull the dissolvable stitches inside the mouth.
- Schedule your two follow-up appointments with Mesa and add these on your calendar so you don’t miss your visits.