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Pre-operative skin preparation

Important Notes:  

  • Once you begin prepping your skin, do NOT apply any creams, lotions, moisturizers, powder, or make up at or near the surgical site.
  • Do NOT shave or use hair removal lotions or creams on the area of your body where surgery will be done.
  • Do not microwave the package prior to use.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes, ears, mouth, and genitals. 

Prepare your skin the evening before surgery:

How to prep:

  1. Shower or bathe at least 2 hours before using the disposable cloths
  2. Use all six of the disposable cloths to prep your entire body. Wipe down your body like you would with a washcloth
    1. One wipe is for your neck, chest, and abdomen
    2. One wipe is for your arms
    3. One wipe is for each leg
    4. One wipe is for your back
    5. One is for the surgical area - wipe your surgical site last, moving back and forth for about 3 minutes making sure to wet the entire area
  3. Allow the area to air dry for 1 minute. Do NOT rinse off (unless you develop a skin irritation from the medication in the wipes)  
  4. Do not apply any powders, creams, deodorant, creams, or lotions
  5. Put on clean clothing
Prep the skin as follows: 1. Wipe the neck, chest, and abdomen. 2. Wipe the arms. 3. One leg. 4. The other leg. 5. Your back. 6. The surgical site (do this site last)

The morning of your surgery, you'll perform this process again:

  • Do not bathe or shower the morning of surgery, but you can wash your face and brush your teeth
  • Do NOT apply any makeup
  • When you arrive for surgery, the nurse will provide you with another set of wipes 
  • The procedure is the same as the night before surgery