Surgical Process

Dr. Truesdale and the team will be with you every step of the way – from your initial surgical consultation, to the day of your surgery, and throughout your healing process. We are excited for you to reveal the “true you!”

Have a Consultation with Dr. Truesdale

  • Call our office at 424-363-4112 to schedule the first step in the journey – a consultation with Dr. Truesdale.
  • You will share your goals, he will evaluate your face, and provide his expert opinion on the best treatment plan.
  • Expectations, results, methods, and risks will all be discussed.
  • You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions.
  • Dr. Truesdale prides himself on providing the best patient experience. We’ll help make sure you understand and are excited about your upcoming surgery.

Prepare for Your Surgery

  • Meet with the Practice Manager to discuss scheduling, payments, and pre-operative instructions and forms.
  • Surgery is scheduled after the deposit is paid. We can often schedule surgery within the next few weeks!
  • Depending on your age and surgical approach, medical clearance and basic lab work will be required.
  • Do not smoke at least 3 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Some medications, vitamins, and herbs should also be avoided 2 weeks prior to surgery. We will share specific information with you.
  • The week of surgery, relax, eat well, and review your surgical paperwork for any last-minute questions.
  • Obtain prescriptions and medications instructed by Dr. Truesdale.
  • Email proof of a negative COVID test within three (3) days of surgery.
  • Avoid sun exposure for 5 days prior to surgery.
  • Avoid salt, alcohol and caffeine 24 hours prior to surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink anything, even water, after midnight the night before surgery.
  • Male patients should shave the day prior to surgery.
  • The night before surgery, shower and get a good night’s sleep.

Have Your Surgery

  • The day of surgery, wash your face, but do not apply any makeup, lotion, perfume, powder, deodorant or hair products. Do not wear contacts or jewelry. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing, and bring a sweater.
  • Continue to avoid eating or drinking, even water. If you require prescription medications, take with a small sip of water.
  • Surgery will take place in Beverly Hills. Our Practice Manager, Maria, will provide you with detailed location information and pre-op instructions for the day-of surgery. You will have a room to use before and after surgery. After a surgery in the operating room, patients can go home with a friend or family member after being cleared by the staff. The person caring for you will be instructed on your post-surgical care when he/she arrives to pick you up.
  • If you will remain awake during the procedure, you may be able to drive yourself home. Dr. Truesdale will provide instructions based on your situation.
  • Explore the rest of our site for information on specific surgical procedures.

Heal and Reveal the New You!

  • You will receive detailed post-operative information on how to promote an effective and comfortable healing process.
  • Most patients experience more discomfort than pain following surgery. Dr. Truesdale will advise on a pain management protocol to promote your comfort.
  • Continue to avoid aspirin (ASA, Excedrin) or anti-inflammatory medications (Motrin, Ibuprofen, Advil, Excedrin, etc.) until you have clearance from Dr. Truesdale.
  • If the procedure has been completed under anesthesia, you will need someone to help you walk for the first 24 hours. After 24 hours, go for light walks.
  • Light cardio can begin on post operative day seven. Do not engage in heavy cardiovascular activity, straining, or bending over for at least three weeks, unless otherwise instructed.
  • Sleep on your back with multiple pillows for at least the first week.
  • The incisions may get wet after 48 hours.
  • Do not get bandages wet for the first three days.
  • Avoid hot baths, steam showers and saunas.
  • Swelling and bruising are common following surgery. You will continue to look better and better over time.
  • Sutures are typically removed after about a week.
  • Every patient heals differently. Dr. Truesdale and the team will check in to make sure you are doing well. Depending on your surgery, you will have follow-up appointment(s).