- Rest: Please go home and rest for the remainder of the day. Place a towel on your pillow at home in case of residual bleeding. Refrain from physical exercise for the first week after your procedure.
- Bleeding: Small amounts of bleeding is normal for the first two days after the procedure. The bleeding should not be excessive.
- Smoking: If you smoke, please refrain from doing so during the healing phase. It will significantly limit the success of your treatment.
- Swelling: Swelling is a normal component of healing. An ice pack placed directly on your cheek alternating 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off for the first 2 days will help limit the swelling. This will help reduce the swelling but will not eliminate it. Expect the swelling to get worse each day until the third day. At that point the swelling typically levels off then slowly decreases over the following few days.
- Diet: Limit your diet to soft food until the sutures are removed and try to chew on the side opposite from the area that was treated. Avoid hot foods or liquids for the first two days. Do not use a straw until the sutures are removed.
- Pain: Some discomfort is normal after surgery. The prescribed pain medication should be taken to limit the discomfort. Be aware that if the pain medication causes drowsiness you should not drive while under the influence of the medication.
- Antibiotics: If you were prescribed an antibiotic, take the medication until it is completely gone. Women: Some antibiotics can reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives and alternate methods of birth control should be used for two months.
- Nausea: Taking pain medications on an empty stomach may cause nausea. Nausea can be reduced by eating prior to taking the medication. The stronger pain medications (hydrocodone and oxycodone) are also more likely to cause nausea. Limiting these medications may help.
- Oral Hygiene: Do not brush or floss the teeth that were treated until the sutures are removed. All other areas may be brushed and flossed as normal. The chlorhexidine rinse that was prescribed should be used instead of brushing or flossing the surgically treated areas.
Please contact our office if you have any concerns including uncontrollable pain, excessive bleeding, fever, progressive swelling after three days, observance of puss or reactions to medications including itching, rash or difficulty breathing.