Discomfort is common after any surgical procedure. Take the pain
medication as prescribed by your doctor. For mild to moderate pain you
may use over-the-counter pain medication. If your
post-operative pain or swelling worsens beyond the third day after
surgery or unusual symptoms occur, please call our office.
NOTE: Tylenol should not be taken concurrently with other prescribed pain medications as this typically already has Tylenol as an
ingredient and could result in adverse reactions.
Bleeding may occur after surgery, and it is not uncommon to ooze blood
for 24-48 hours after surgery. If oozing is
still active, carefully place a moist gauze over the surgical area without disturbing the incision line and the sutures and apply firm pressure for 10 minutes.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery and will not reach its
maximum until 2-3 days after surgery. However, the swelling may be
minimized by the immediate use of ice packs. Place the ice pack provided to you over the surgical area for 15 min. on and 15 min. off for the next few hours after surgery
We also recommend the following:
Avoid physical activities - go home and relax for the rest of the day.
Eat a soft diet and avoid hard or chewy foods until sutures have dissolved.
Do not eat in the surgical area for the first week.
Do not lift or pull your lip to look at the surgery area.
The resorbable sutures will come out in 3-6 days.
Use the antibacterial rinse (Chlorhexidine) twice daily as directed.
Do not brush in the surgical area only for 3-4 days but please make sure you brush and floss in other areas of your mouth.
A brief follow-up examination to evaluate the progress of healing is included in the cost of your treatment and is usually scheduled one to two weeks after surgery.