The following instructions and information are provided to help you through the recovery process. Please review these carefully before your surgery and call our office at (865) 218-6210 should you have any questions before or after your surgery.
Arrange for someone to drive you home and stay with you for the first night after your surgery.
- Do not smoke for 24 hours after surgery.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after surgery or while taking prescribed narcotic medications.
- Resume a regular diet and activity as tolerated.
- Take prescribed medications as directed by Dr. Lucas.
- Use cool gel packs or frozen peas on neck for 24 hours after surgery to reduce swelling.
- Empty drains and record output as instructed until first post-surgery appointment.
- Post-op appointment will be the day following surgery.
- Elevate head of bed 30 degrees until swelling subsides.
- Bathe, keeping bandages dry and intact.
- Cleanse face and neck using a warm washcloth and wiping gently around incision areas.
- Leave bandages in place until your post-op appointment.
- Sutures are usually removed between five and seven days after surgery.
- After bandages are removed, a facial garment is provided. This should be worn continuously for approximately two weeks to help reduce swelling.
- Shower and wash hair after your first post-op appointment; a hair dryer with no heat may be used.
- Do not submerge face and neck in water for approximately six weeks.
- Avoid strenuous exercise six weeks, i.e., heavy lifting, running.
What to Expect after Surgery:
You may experience one or more of the following for up to six weeks after your surery:
- Swelling of face, ears and chin
- Numbness of face, ears, and chin
- Skin tightness
- Minimal to moderate pain controlled by prescribed abalgesic
- Low-grade fever
If you experience any of the following, call our office at (865) 218-6210:
- Excessive swelling
- Extreme redness or drainage around incisions
- Severe pain not controlled by prescribed analgesic
- Excessive bleeding (blood soaked dressings or increasing amounts of bright red blood in drains)
- Fever greater that 101.5
- Nausea and/or vomiting