• Plan on spending the entire day at the office. We encourage patients not to make any appointments the day of the surgery.

• Bring plenty of things to do such as reading materials, knitting, etc. Expect to be at the office all day due to the possibility of these skin cancers extending deep and/or wide.

• Eat a big breakfast the morning of the surgery. Feel free to bring snacks to eat throughout the day unless otherwise directed.

• Refrain from using Aspirin, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Fish Oil, Omega 3, Ibuprofen products (Advil, Motrin, Aleve, Naproxen) and Herbal Medications for 7-10 days prior to surgery, provided that you have not been placed on them for medical purposes. If a doctor has placed you on Aspirin, Plavix or Coumadin (Warfarin) please CONTINUE to take this medication. DO NOT STOP taking the medication.

• Take all of your normal medications (blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, etc.) the morning of the surgery unless otherwise directed.

• Shower the night before or the morning of the surgery. Wear freshly laundered clothing as well to reduce chances of infection.

• Wear a shirt or blouse that buttons or zips up the front.

• Tylenol or Extra Strength Tylenol may be used during the pre-operation and post-operation time frame.

• Please avoid alcohol 4 days before and 4 days after surgery.

• For proper wound healing, we recommend patients who smoke to either not smoke or to at least reduce your intake for one week after the surgery. Smoking impairs wound healing.

• YOU WILL LIKELY RECEIVE STITCHES. This will require you to minimize strenuous activity to promote proper wound healing and minimize scarring (limit exercise and sports).

• If you become ill between now and your surgery, please contact the medical office