Info Patient

After cosmetic reconstruction

It is important to follow the instructions below to speed healing. Note that some discomfort and swelling are normal after surgery.
Day of surgery

  • Keep the compresses in your mouth for one to two hours, applying firm pressure. Change the pads every half hour, as needed.
  • Apply ice to your cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes of ice every hour).
  • If bleeding occurs, bite down on a gauze pad or lightly moistened tea bag for 20 minutes.
  • Bleeding and coloured saliva are normal postoperative effects.

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t eat anything before the bleeding stops.
  • Don’t drink through a straw.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Don’t smoke or drink alcohol.
  • Don’t eat hard foods.
  • Don’t engage in intense exercise. Rest.

 

Pain

  • If the pain causes you discomfort, take the medication you were prescribed.

 

Food

  • Eat only soft foods or lukewarm liquids.
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