Keep an ice pack on the outside of the face (adjacent to the surgical site or sites) Doing this will minimize the swelling. The suggested regimen for use of the ice pack is (10) – (20) minutes on and (10) – (20) minutes off. Use the ice packs only on the day of surgery. The following day, use warm moist heat (such as a hot water bottle), if swelling remains. Please do not use a heating pad, doing them may dry out your skin.
The day of surgery keep you head elevated on two pillows. Avoid sleeping on the same side in which the surgery was preformed. This procedure will help to minimize the swelling.
Start warm salt water rinses three (3) to four (4) times per day (One teaspoon of salt in an 8 – ounce cup of lukewarm water). Gently rinse and expectorate. No water piks. Continue this procedure for one week.
Us a Q-tip dipped in peroxide on silver caps (for 1- stage patients)
Your surgical site is closed with sutures. These sutures will be removed approximately seven to fourteen days following surgical treatment.
Some discomfort, swelling, bruising, and pain may be experienced for the next to (2) to three (3) days. This is normal… it will get better!
For those patients who are wearing a removable appliance (i.e. a partial/dental), explicit instructions as to it’s use will be explained by Dr. Barsamian. In many cases, the prosthesis will be adjusted and soft lined. This liner will be replaced periodically by our staff.