Post-operative Instructions

These instructions apply to most surgical procedures. They are designed to help you minimize  discomfort and inform you of situations that may require special attention.

It is not unusual to have some discomfort following your surgical procedure. You will be given prescriptions for medications to reduce or eliminate any discomfort. Please take all medications as directed.

Swelling may occur following your surgical procedure and will typically increase 2-3 days after the procedure. Additionally, a small amount of bleeding is normal during the fist 24-48 hours. Please follow the instructions provided for post-treatment care. If you have any concerns please contact the office at Dallas Office Phone Number 214-691-2404.

Activity

Absolutely no physical activity for the first 48 hours and only light activity in the week for follow.  Heavy activity will increase blood flow, which can lead to bleeding and swelling.  In addition, movement of your lips and facial muscles will delay healing.  Do NOT pull on your lips and cheeks to check the surgical site.  This may result in damage to the area and tearing of the sutures.

Ice/Heat

Use an ice pack wrapped in a damp towel (15 minutes on/15 minutes off) for the first 24-48 hours. This will help minimize swelling and bruising.  After the first 48 hours, use warm moist heat (a warm, damp washcloth) for 15 minutes on/15 minutes off.  This will help dilate the vessels and reduce any swelling you may have.

Ibuprofen (a.k.a. Advil, Motrin)

If prescribed, take Ibuprofen according to the instructions listed on the bottle.  If you did not receive a prescription for Ibuprofen, take 400mg every 4-6 hours for the next 2-3 days.  It is advisable to take the ibuprofen regularly to stay ahead of the discomfort.

Antibiotics

Take your antibiotics as prescribed until they are completely finished. Please alert the office to any allergies or sensitivities that you might have to antibiotics. It is advisable not to take these medications on an empty stomach, as nausea may result. For women taking birth control pills, be advised that antibiotics may interfere with their effectiveness. If you begin experiencing GI distress or are having diarrhea, please discontinue using the antibiotics and call the office immediately.

Steroid Dose Pack

If prescribed, take this medication as directed.  This medication has been prescribed to help prevent/decrease swelling.

Diet

Until comfortable, avoid chewing on the side where surgery was completed. Avoid hot foods and liquids for approximately 6 hours following the surgery so as not to soften the dressing. A soft diet is recommended. Foods such as cottage cheese, oatmeal, soup, eggs, yogurt, pasta, mashed potatoes, casseroles, and fruits are more easily eaten. Remember, adequate nutrition is essential for feeling better as well as for healing.

Hygiene

Do not brush the surgical site until instructed to do so. Occasionally, you will be instructed to refrain from brushing the surgical site for up to 2 weeks.  You may resume normal brushing/flossing in other areas the day after surgery. Use the prescription mouth rinse (Chlorhexidine) 2-3 times per day beginning the day following surgery.

Smoking and Alcohol

Do not smoke for at least 2 weeks following your surgical procedure. It will significantly slow healing and can compromise results.

Do not drink alcohol while taking prescription pain medications.

Suture Removal

Your sutures may or may not dissolve.  Your doctor will discuss with you which type of suture was used for the procedure. Typically, most sutures remain in place for approximately 3 weeks at which point they will either be removed or will dissolve.  Do not pull on your sutures.  They will be removed when the tissue is stable.

Contact Us

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at Dallas Office Phone Number 214-691-2404.