1. What to AVOID 2 Weeks Before Surgery
  2. What you Need
  3. What you Need to Know
  4. Face Post-Care
  5. Donor Site Post-Care: how To Care for Incisions
  6. What to AVOID post-surgery



PLEASE NOTE: If you have any concerns or questions prior to your surgery, you are encouraged to speak to Dr. Solomon in advance to ensure you are fully prepared for your surgical date.

1. What to AVOID 2 Weeks Before Surgery:

  • Smoking/Vaping (Nicotine, Marijuana and CBD oil).
  • Alcohol for at least 2 weeks pre-op, as it may increase bruising and prolong swelling.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications, unless approved by Dr. Solomon.
  • MUST discontinue Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen and all blood thinners, as these products may increase bleeding and prolong swelling.
  • MUST avoid Garlic extract, fish oils and Vitamin E and Arnica.

2. What you Need:

  • Vitamin C – Patients may take up to 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Prescription for anti-biotic and pain will be provided by our clinic prior to your surgery.
  • Ice packs.
  • Polysporin ointment and Hydrogen peroxide.
  • Please come arrive shaven for surgery.
  • Please remove all jewellery and makeup from the neck up on the day of your surgery.
  • Patients may drive themselves home unless a sedative is requested for anxiety on the day of the procedure.
  • Recommended: Arnica by Sinecch, an herbal Supplement to help minimize bruising and swelling. To be taken following surgery. Sold in our clinic.

3. What you Need to Know:

  • Please take your anti-biotic and pain medication as prescribed.
  • Best to separate anti-biotic and pain medication, 2 hours apart to avoid nausea/vomiting.
  • You may experience pain during the recovery process. Take Tylenol for pain.
  • Some numbness may exist around the operative ‘donor’ site for a few weeks, this is normal.
  • Sutures will be removed by our nurse 7 days post procedure, unless dissolvable sutures were used. You will be informed of which
  • sutures were used the day of your procedure.
  • Bathing is allowed one day post-operatively. Avoid direct stream from shower for one week.
  • Often patients experience heightened anxiety around the surgical period. This is normal.

4. Face Post-Care:

  • Immediately after the treatment, the most commonly reported side effects are temporary redness and swelling at the injection site.
  • These effects typically resolve within 2-3 days. Cold compresses may be used immediately after the treatment to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid applying make up to the treated area for 6 hours following treatment.
  • Avoid exercise for 7-10 days.
  • Avoid facial massages or Light therapy treatments for 2 weeks.
  • Avoid sunbathing or intense heat (sunlamp) until redness and swelling have resolved.
  • If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that any stimulation of the area could contribute to another occurrence. If you are predisposed to cold sores, you will be provided with a prescription for Valtrex to prevent to risk of a breakout.
  • Take the medication as directed.
  • Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, St. John’s Wort, or high doses of Vitamin E supplements for two days after the treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.


5. How to Care for Incisions:

  • Clean incision twice a day (morning and before bed) with Hydrogen using a Q-Tip or sterile non-woven gauze.
  • Apply Polysporin ointment after cleaning with Hydrogen peroxide for up to 7 days.
  • Keep surgical bandage in place for 48hrs. Then keep incisions open to air, no need to cover them unless you are in a dirty/dusty environment.
  • You may apply ice pack to surgical area to reduce bruising and swelling. Please place sterile gauze between the ice pack and your skin.

6. What to AVOID post-surgery:

  • Avoid bending over or lifting heavy things for one week. Besides aggravating swelling, this may raise your blood pressure and start haemorrhage.
  • Smoking/Vaping (Nicotine, Marijuana and CBD oil) for one month, as it may prolong healing and increase risk of complications.
  • Alcohol for at least 2 week pre-op and 2 weeks post-operatively, as it may cause fluid retention and prolong swelling. Alcohol should not be taken with pain medication.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications, unless approved by Dr. Solomon
  • Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen, as these products may prolong swelling.
  • Moderate physical exercise for up to 4 weeks post-operatively.
  • Strenuous physical exercise for up to 6 weeks post-operatively
  • Direct sun exposure on incisions for up to 12 months. Use a minimum of SPF 45 daily.

If you experience any of the following listed below, please contact Dr. Solomon directly by email at, or call our office at 905-764-7799. You can also reach our administration team by email at

  • If you develop a large firm mass extending from the surgical area.
  • If you develop a rash, persistent fever, chills or sweating.
  • If you notice a foul odour or yellow drainage coming from the incision sites.
  • If you experience severe pain, that is not controlled with Tylenol.
  • If you experience persistent bleeding that does not resolve in 20 minutes or with direct pressure.
  • Persistent vomiting and inability to drink liquids for greater than 4 hours.
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness or numbness in the face or limbs.


Please Notify Dr. Philip Solomon of any Unexpected Admission to the Hospital within 10 Days of your Procedure.

If you require any clarification regarding these instructions or would like to arrange a follow up appointment with the nurse, please call the office at 905.764.7799 or email us at