Swelling after the procedure is normal. To keep this to a minimum, apply our ice pack on the outside of your face for 30 minutes. Additional ice may be used at home. You should apply the ice bag alternately 15 minutes on, 15 minutes off, for 1-2 hours following surgery.
You may be the most swollen and sore on the 3rd day; this is normal. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) is helpful in relieving pain and swelling. We recommend 800mg every 4-6 hours. If you cannot take ibuprofen, you may use extra strength acetaminophen (Tylenol). We recommend 1000 mg every 4-6 hours. The swelling should gradually go down over the next few days. Some bruising may also occur. Always consult with your physician if you have any questions about our recommendations and your current medications.
- Avoid strenuous activities and unnecessary lifting for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid lifting your lip or pulling out your cheek as it is possible to pull the sutures loose and delay healing.
- Smoking and alcohol consumption delay the wound healing process and should be avoided or minimized for 3 days following surgery.
- You may eat a normal diet. Brush your teeth normally, but be gentle in the suture area.
- After 24 hours, rinse gently with warm salt water following meals. (1- 8oz glass of water with ½ tsp of salt).
- If medication has been prescribed, take as directed.
- Return to our office for suture removal as directed.
- If you have any concerns, please contact our office at any time.
Included in your treatment is a follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing. A recall card will be mailed to you when it is time to schedule this follow-up examination. This is a courtesy provided to our patients at no additional charge.