1. What to AVOID 2 Weeks Before Surgery
  2. What you Need
  3. What you Need to Know
  4. How to Care for your Incisions after Surgery
  5. 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.
  • Salt water or 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.
  • The sutures will be removed by Dr. Solomon’s nurse 7-10 days post surgery.
  • Soft foods should be eaten until the sutures are removed.
  • Teeth may be brushed twice daily very carefully.
  • Standard post-operative bruising and swelling may last for up to 2 weeks. Please be patient.
  • Sleep with your head elevated using 2-3 pillows for 3 days.
  • You may experience pain during the recovery process. Take Tylenol for pain.
  • Some numbness may be present to the upper lip or nose for a few weeks.
  • Often patients experience heightened anxiety around the surgical period. This is normal.

4. How to Care for your Incisions after Surgery:

  • Gently dab and wipe the incision with hydrogen peroxide to clean and remove dried blood.
  • Gently apply a thin layer of Polysporin ointment to the incision.
  • When at home keep incision open to air, wounds often heal best when exposed. If going outside or near dust or dirt particles, please wear a “moustache” dressing or mask.
  • You may shower, however avoid a direct stream of water to the incision site.
  • Make-up can be applied after 2 weeks.
  • If removing hair from upper lip, tweezing is preferred for the first month. Avoid waxing, shaving and threading the upper lip for 4 weeks.

5. What to AVOID post-surgery:

  • Avoid pulling or stretching the upper lip downward for the first 2 weeks.
  • Be cautious while brushing teeth and chewing.
  • Avoid make-up on the incision site for the first 2 weeks.
  • Avoid bending over or lifting heavy things for one week. Besides aggravating swelling, this may raise your blood pressure and start haemorrhage.
  • Avoid 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 weeks pre-op and 2 weeks post-op, as it may cause fluid retention
    and prolong swelling. Alcohol should not be taken with pain medication.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications not approved by Dr. Solomon.
  • Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen.
  • 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.
  • Avoid spicy foods or extremely hot foods for 2 weeks.

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