Follow-up Care is essential to monitor healing.
Grand Plastic Surgery has created a Self-Care Program to help you, help yourself.
Ice Pack Application
- 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.