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Surgical Instructions

Pre-Surgical Instructions

If you are scheduled for excision of a skin cancer, an abnormal mole, or a cyst, please be advised that we recommend discontinuing the following 7 days prior to your visit:

  • Aspirin (unless prescribed by doctor)
  • Advil
  • Ibuprofen
  • Motrin
  • Aleve
  • Fish Oil / Omega-3
  • Vitamin E
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Garlic supplements
  • Please do not stop any prescribed blood thinning medications unless it was advised by your medical provider

Phototherapy Instructions

Please be aware that all phototherapy procedures carry a certain amount of risk that should be discussed with one of our staff at Alta Vista Dermatology prior to your visit. Just prior to your visit, we recommend the following:

  • Discontinue all topicals for at least 3 days
  • Be prepared to minimize sun exposure following the procedure, so bring a hat or umbrella.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Be prepared to be away from sunlight for 48 hours