Follow-up Care is essential to monitor healing.
Grand Plastic Surgery has created a Self-Care Program to help you, help yourself.
For optimal results, necessary care is required!
The day after surgery, brushing your teeth and simple cleansing is possible, but facial cleansing and washing your hair is only possible after a week. The facial contouring surgery, as well as the swelling, can cause long term stress on your skin and soft skin tissue, so cleaning is an important aspect of follow-up care. Proper cleansing removes makeup residue and waste matter, keeps the skin protected and maintains elasticity of your skin.
A shower is possible ten days after surgery which is when the stitches are removed. However, you still need to be careful of keeping the incision area dry by applying waterproof tape or wrapping it. Any residue on the incision area when removing the tape can be wiped off with cotton pad and cleansing oil.
Applying an ice pack
Applying an ice pack reduces pain and swelling through contraction of the blood vessels.
The greatest affects are felt on the 2nd and 3rd day after surgery. After that, applying a hot pack is better, and after 2 or 3 weeks they are completely ineffective.
There are several kinds of ice packs which you can obtain from hospitals, pharmacies, or made at home versions. Grand Plastic Surgery provides patients with an ice pack and a hot pack.
- Use the ice pack after rubbing it gently so that it melts a little.
- Wrap it in a handkerchief or cloth. If you put the frozen pack directly on the surgical region risk of frostbite exists.
- You can apply the wrapped ice pack on your forehead, between the eyes, or around the cheeks.
- Use for a maximum of 3 continuous minutes, break for 10 minutes and repeat again for 3-7 minutes, being careful to keep your surgical area dry. If you have a poor sense of touch due to apoplexy or nerve damage, you must keep the time exact.
Hot Pack Application
Applying a hot pack plays a role in reducing bruising because it increases blood circulation.
Beginning on the 3rd day after surgery, alternate between using an ice pack and a hot pack. After 5 days, use only the hot pack.
- Dip a pack in hot water for approximately 10 minutes or heat it in the microwave, being careful that it doesn’t overheat and burst.
- Wrap the heated pack in a handkerchief and test it on your hand before applying it to the surgical area.
- Use the wrapped pack on your forehead or around your cheeks; if you put it directly on the surgical area you could suffer burns. Use for a maximum of 3 continuous minutes, break for 10 minutes and repeat again for 3-7 minutes. Do not apply lotions to your skin.