After Surgery


  1. Avoid strenuous activity for the remainder of the day. Routine, nonstrenuous activity is not harmful, unless otherwise directed. Smoking and alcohol consumption delay the wound healing process and should be avoided or minimized for 3 days following surgery.
  2. It is essential that you maintain an adequate diet with proper solid and fluid intake during the first 3 days following surgery.
  3. Avoid manipulation of the facial tissues as much as possible. Do not raise the lip or pull back the cheeks to inspect the surgical site as you may dislodge the sutures (stitches).
  4. Smoking is prohibited for 72 hours following surgery to improve healing.
  5. Some oozing of blood from the superficial site is normal during the day and evening of surgery. Slight swelling and facial skin discoloration (bruising) may be experienced. This is temporary and will resolve on its own in a few days.
  6. Apply as ice bag with firm pressure to the face directly over the surgical site. You should apply the ice bag alternately 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, for 6-8 hours following surgery. After 8 hours, the ice bag should not be applied. Frequent moist heat applications to the face are recommended after the third post surgical day. Maximum swelling may occur 48 hours after surgery.
  7. Post surgical infection is unusual, but possible. Signs of infection may cause increased pain, increased swelling and tenderness, elevated body temperature, chills, and other flu like symptoms. An objectionable odor and taste may also be experienced. If these conditions exist, please contact our office.
  8. The superficial site will be tender and sore. For this reason you should follow the analgesic regimen prescribed:          3 tablets/capsules of 200mg Ibuprofen every 6 hours following surgery. Additional prescription medication may be required as well.
  9. Routine tooth brushing and flossing is desirable except for in the surgical area. You may begin rinsing with Peridex if prescribed or a mild saltwater solution of ½ tsp. of table salt and ½ glass of warm water.
  10. If surgery was performed in upper jaw and the sinus was involved, over the counter nasal sprays, such as Afrin, for a week is recommended.
  11. The sutures (stitches) that have been placed must be removed to ensure proper healing. It is important that you return at the appointed time for suture removal.
  12. Recall visits are necessary to monitor the progress of healing.
  13. Should any complications arise, please do not hesitate to call. If you feel that your symptoms warrant a physician and you are unable to reach us, go to the closest emergency room immediately.