Preparing for Surgery

Allen Foulad MD | Beverly Hills, CA

The following general pre-operative instructions apply to most surgical procedures with Dr. Foulad. However, you will receive detailed instructions specific to your procedure.  

Two Months Before Your Procedure
• Quit smoking, vaping, and using all nicotine products at least 2 months before your procedure. You should also avoid second hand smoke. Smoking and nicotine compromise healing and jeopardizes an otherwise beautiful result.
Depending on the procedure, the timing for smoking and nicotine cessation may be more or less. However, smoking avoidance for as long as possible is always encouraged.
• Avoid tanning or extreme sun exposure.
• Arrange for accommodations if you live outside the immediate Los Angeles area.
• Determine the length of time you will need to be in town for postoperative care.

Four Weeks Before Your Procedure
For patients undergoing general or twilight anesthesia there are some medical tests which are mandatory to ensure patient safety. These tests should typically be completed 4 weeks before the date of surgery.
• All patients are to have blood tests.
• Patients over 45 are to additionally have an EKG, full physical examination, and a
letter of medical clearance. The medical clearance is typically obtained from your primary care provider, however it may also be required by a specialist depending on your health.
• Patients over 65 are also required to have a chest X‐ray.
• In specific circumstances, other tests may be required prior to surgery.

Two Weeks Before Your Procedure
• There are many medicines and homeopathic remedies that worsen bleeding during surgery. We would like to minimize your risk for bleeding and help you heal more quickly and safely. You will be provided a list of medications and supplements to avoid starting at least 2 weeks prior to your procedure. 
• If you would like to take vitamins or other supplements prior to surgery, Dr. Foulad’s team can provide you information regarding supplements that are safe and recommended for surgery.
• If you have withdrawal symptoms (such as headaches) when stopping caffeine, you should consider to start slowly weaning off caffeine at around 1 to 2 weeks before your surgery so that you can completely stop caffeine intake starting the day before your surgery.
• Please be sure that our office receives all surgery fees two weeks in advance.

One Week Before Your Procedure
• Limit salt intake and eat healthy (reduce sugars). Ensure a well‐balanced diet with high‐quality proteins and complex carbohydrates to enhance healing.
• Rest well and reduce stress.

24 Hours Before Your Procedure
• Do not have any caffeine
• Remove any acrylic nails or nail polish from fingers before surgery. This is so that we can accurately monitor your oxygen level with a device that goes over your finger.
• If undergoing your procedure under general anesthesia or twilight sedation, do not eat or drink anything (even water) after 12 midnight. You should not fast if your procedure is being performed under local anesthesia.
• Use an antibacterial soap to wash your hair, face, and body in the shower. Do not apply any makeup, lotion, skin care products, or perfume afterwards.
• Relax, eat well, and reduce stress

The Day of Your Procedure
• If you need to take any pre‐approved medications, you can take this with a small sip of water.
• Wash your face well with the antibacterial soap and brush your teeth (don’t swallow the water).
• Do not apply any makeup, lotion, skin care products, or perfume.
• Wear a buttoned shirt, pants and flat shoes. Do not wear panty‐hose or a pull‐over top. Comfortable lounging clothes are a must. No tight clothes or dresses. Consider bringing a jacket if you feel you may be cold after surgery.
• You will need to read consent forms during the day of your procedure, so please bring your reading glasses if you use them.
• Do not wear contacts.
• Do not wear any jewelry and do not wear any items made of metal.
• Please try to leave valuables at home.
• Bring all your prescription medications.
• The postsurgical instructions will be reviewed in depth with you and the person caring for you after your procedure is completed.
• A responsible adult must provide transportation for you following surgery performed under sedation or general anesthesia (public transportation such as a taxi or uber is not allowed).
• An adult must stay with you for at least 24 hours after surgery performed under sedation or general anesthesia. If you are unable to have a responsible adult stay with you, a care provider can be arranged to stay with you for an additional fee. For more extensive surgeries a licensed nurse or medical professional may be required to stay with you overnight for the first evening following surgery.

We are conveniently located to serve Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, & Los Angeles. However, we are available to help with coordinating your stay if you are an Out-of-Town Patient.


Terry Moler
Terry Moler
Dr.Foulad and his staff are amazing. The results speak for themselves. Dr. Foulad is meticulous. The experience was beyond great. I had a neck lift, a mid face lift and an upper eye lift. Dr. Foulad was very attentive. Chelsea, the practice manager, took care of every detail. I felt at ease and very taken care of. I had prepared myself for a painful surgery and recovery period but it was not like that at all. There was no pain and very little discomfort. It felt more like a well needed vacation. I had all my surgery on a Friday and I saw Dr. Foulad and Chelsea through the weekend. By the following Saturday I was at an important social function and with a little make up, no one could tell I was a week out from surgery. Some people would call this vanity. I disagree. I don’t feel 63. Why should I have to look 63.(or older!) It’s the best thing I ever did for myself. I can't thank Dr. Foulad enough. If you are considering doing this, I beg you to pull the rip cord, take the plunge, whatever you want to call it, but do it! It’s worth it. You’re worth it!
carol cusson
carol cusson
There aren't enough stars for this review to tell you how pleased I am with Dr Foulad, Chelsea and the staff. It was so worth the miles traveled to have my facelift, neck and brow lift. Their attentiveness from the consult all the way through to the aftercare has been amazing. He continues to check in with me 2 months later. His attention to detail and his warm and caring personality made this such an enjoyable experience. I could not believe there was minimal pain and you cannot even see where the stitches were. I feel AND look like a new woman. Judge for yourself with my pictures! Highly recommend Dr Foulad and his staff
Kristy Franklin
Kristy Franklin
Dr. Foulad performed my facelift and neck lift a few months ago and my results are phenomenal! He is kind, talented, and did beautiful work on my face and neck. He is very honest and takes a lot into consideration when giving his recommendations. He takes so much time to answer your questions and explain everything to you. Everything about my experience was top notch. I have seen other doctors in my past and none of them followed up with me or spent the amount of time with me the way Dr. Foulad has. His staff was also incredibly pleasant and accommodating with me. I can’t recommend Dr. Foulad enough. He genuinely cares deeply about his patients and does excellent work!
Miriam Vernia
Miriam Vernia
Dr. Foulad loves what he does and it shows. He is professional, knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated to his patients. His "bed manners" are without equal. He follows up on his patients for weeks after surgery, providing timely advice and encouragement. He is honest and upfront about what benefits surgery can provide and he refers to other surgeons procedures that he does not feel comfortable performing.
Victoria Lampley
Victoria Lampley
Dr Foulad is absolutely amazing! He is super patient, takes the time to thoroughly explain all your issues, thoughts, and goals and maps out all of your options without pushing anything whatsoever (if anything he does the opposite and explains everything in depth). He was completely attentive and super eloquent and smart when describing all of the ways he can help heal and preserve my skin and shared a wealth of knowledge. The practice manager Chelsea is patient, kind and super sweet and helpful. I'll definitely be telling my family and friends to become patients of Dr Foulad's practice. He is a perfectionist in the best way possible.
Kyrra White
Kyrra White
I went to Dr Foulad for Jowl liposuction. Dr Foulad is a very informed facial artist and a master of his craft. I appreciate how delicate he was with my face during the procedure. He paid close attention to every detail of my face, and his effort shows in my results! I highly recommend Dr Foulad for any facial procedure. It’s important to have someone who is invested in your vision as you are, and that is Dr Foulad.
Aiko Fujimoto
Aiko Fujimoto
Dr Foulad and his team are the definition of white glove service. They will take the time to explain everything in thorough detail and take all extra precautions to ensure your procedure is done as effectively and safely as possible. I'm incredibly happy with my results and will only be trusting my facial needs with Dr Foulad for all procedures going forward!
Sydney Skinner
Sydney Skinner
Wow, I am so impressed! From the minute I walked into his office I was warmly greeted by his staff and ushered off for my consult with Dr. Foulad. He was extremely through (I ask a lot of questions) and he was very patient and did not rush me. I followed up the next week for my procedure which I’m thrilled with the outcome and feel so much confident! I’m looking forward to a long relationship with his office and it’s nice because he offers the entire package of treatments, products and procedures to cover all the bases! So no more running around to different offices!
Katia Rodriguez
Katia Rodriguez
My experience at Dr. Foulad’s office has been nothing but great! From my very first consult, he made me feel comfortable and explained everything with detail. Him and his staff are so kind and were there to help guide me along the process. The results of my surgery were everything and more! I am so happy with the results and would recommend him to all my friends and family.
I am so happy with my results after going to Dr. Foulad. He is a complete perfectionist and explains everything to you before go through with any injections or procedures. He makes everything look natural and seamless. I am definitely recommending him to all of my friends and family.