Call our office promptly if:
- You have a fever of chills.
- There is an unusual amount of bleeding
- You have progressive bruising and increasing pain.
If any of the above should occur after regular office hours, we can be reached 24 hours a day through our answering service at 952-844-0404
What Can I Expect ?
- A large compressive dressing will cover the face and scalp for 24 hours after surgery.
- Pain is usually mild to moderate in intensity.
- Bruising and swelling will be present and should gradually subside over the next 10 to 14 days.
- It is not unusual to have drainage for the first 24 hours after surgery in the surgical drains.
- Dressings are usually removed on the first post-operative visit.
- Sutures are gradually removed over several post-operative visits.
- Numbness around the ear lobes will be present for at least I to 4 weeks.
- Some numbness in the neck skin is normal for several weeks (in the neck and face especially).
- Tightness when opening the mouth.
How Do I Care For Myself After Surgery?
- Do not smoke for 3 to 4 weeks before and after surgery (preferably never). smoking after surgery is similar to smoking before surgery; it slows the healing process and increases the risk of skin loss or damage.
- Avoid strenuous activity and/or exercise for two weeks or until approved by your physician.
- Wear elastic face support as prescribed by your physician for 2 to 4 days following surgery.
- You can shampoo your hair 2 to 3 days after surgery, using tepid water only.
- Turn from the shoulders.
- Use care when brushing or combing your hair near the suture line for 3 weeks.
- You will need to be seen in the office the day following surgery and the dressing will be removed.
- Often, 1 or 2 surgical drains will be removed during this visit as well.
- If drains have been used, follow the instructions received at the surgery center.
- Clean the incision lines twice daily half-strength Peroxide and apply Aquaphor.
Medications After Surgery:
- A prescription for pain medication will be given to you. Most often a drug like Tylenol with Codeine is used, which is adequate for pain control i most cases. Obviously, driving a car or any potentially dangerous activity is to be avoided because the pain medications can alter your performance.
- Avoid taking pain medications and antibiotics at the same time as the combination may cause stomach upset. Try to eat when taking these medications to further reduce stomach irritation.