What to Expect
Minimal discomfort is expected after surgery and can be managed by over the counter pain relief such as Panadol or Panadeine. Significant discomfort should be reported to us.
You may experience some local swelling and bruising, which may not be at its worst until 3-4 days after surgery. Some swelling and bruising is normal and should improve 5-7 days after surgery. If you have surgery on your forehead or nose, you may experience some swelling of your eyelids, at times nearly closing the eyelids. Similarly, swelling and bruising may occur down the neck, and rarely the chest, when surgery is performed on the chin or jaw line area. To help reduce swelling and bruising apply an ice pack for 20 minutes each hour while awake for the first 24 hours.
Restrictions on Activities
Patients should be aware that they will have a dressing / bandages covering the site of the excision for at least 48 hours.
Patients will also need to be mindful that their activity does not impact on any sutures that may be present. We recommend that you limit vigorous physical activity, excessive bending over or exercise for 7 days after surgery to allow your wound to heal. Strenuous activity may exacerbate bleeding so it is important to be mindful of this particularly in the first 24 hours after surgery.
You may also be required to come in for dressing changes and or suture removals following surgery. Sutures are usually removed 7-14 days after surgery. We will follow you through post-operative period to assure acceptable wound healing occurs or to determine if additional procedures are necessary for improvement. In some cases, scar revision or resurfacing of the scar may be of benefit and appropriate.
You will be provided with post-operative care and discharge instructions specific to your procedure and care. The nursing staff will go through and explain these instructions with you and your carer before you are discharged.
Additionally, a nurse will call you within 1-2 days to check on your progress after your surgery. This is a good time to raise any questions you may have, and remember a nurse is available on Monday to Friday if you have any concerns.
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