Surgery to the Face – After Care Advice

  • Reference Number: HEY-1017/2018
  • Departments: Day Surgery (DSU)

Introduction

This leaflet has been produced to give you after care advice following your surgery. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and your doctor, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.

Local anaesthetic means that only the area which is being operated upon will be numb and that you will be awake during the procedure.

Bleeding

If your wound bleeds, sit up straight and apply gentle pressure for 5 minutes. If the bleeding persists, please telephone one of the contact numbers for advice.

Pain

You may experience some mild pain following this procedure, this is not unusual. We recommend that for the first 24 – 48 hours you take a regular pain relief medication such a paracetamol or ibuprofen (not aspirin) (ibuprofen may not be suitable for asthmatics).

Eyelids

Swelling and bruising are common after surgery. You may be asked to apply ointment to the area.  Please follow the instructions on the container.  DO NOT DRIVE.

Nose

Do not blow your nose or wipe it vigorously. A pack may be left in the nostril.  If so, please try to keep it in.

Mouth

You may be advised to wear dentures and eat a soft diet for a few days. Avoid hot liquids immediately after your operation.  Rinse your mouth with water after eating.

Ears

Avoid sleeping on the affected ear.

Work

Your surgeon will advise you on returning to work.

Dressings and Stitches

You may have stitches which dissolve and do not need removing. Alternatively, you may have stitches which need to be removed.  There may be no dressing, a dressing which is stitched to the skin, adhesive paper strips or an adherent dressing.

Please keep the dressing clean and dry until you are seen in the clinic or when you go to your GP practice.

Avoid benign and stooping as this may encourage bleeding, swelling and pain.

After your operation

Should you need to visit your GP (family doctor) with a problem related to the operation within 3 weeks of the surgery, we would appreciate you contacting the Day Surgery Service. This will enable us to monitor your progress.  Ask to speak to one of the nurses.

Your Consultant is _______________________________________________

Surgery performed by _______________________________________________

Today you have had: _______________________________________________

Should you need any further help or advice, please telephone the area where you had surgery in the first instance if the area is open.

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