Facial reconstruction is a procedure that offers individuals a chance to repair birth defects, facial trauma and facial irregularities caused by accidents or disease. The face is probably our most distinguishing feature, and that is why facial reconstruction is a serious procedure. Through this form of reconstructive surgery, it can help enhance one’s appearance and self-confidence.
Since everyone has their own unique facial features, accompanied by their set of circumstances, the results of facial reconstruction will vary from patient to patient. It is highly recommended that a patient consult with a plastic surgeon for more information. There are various reasons why an individual desires to undergo facial reconstruction. This consultation visit allows patients to present their reasons to the doctor and it gives the doctor a chance to view the current condition of the patient’s face and to explain their options.
Pre / Post Operative Instruction For Facial Reconstruction
- Keep your head elevated 12” to 18” above the level of your heart by using pillows. DO NOT LIE FLAT.
- Sleep on your back.
- Do not take Aspirin or ibuprofen. Use only acetaminophen (Tylenol) or the medication prescribed by your physician.
- Do not take oral Vitamin E for one week.
- No bending over or heavy lifting for one week.
- Limit strenuous activity or exercise for three weeks.
- You may shower the day after surgery (after the dressing is removed). Please do not let the force of the water hit directly on the incisions.
- Minor oozing of blood may occur immediately after surgery. If this happens, apply gentle pressure to the area for 15 minutes. If the bleeding persists, please call our office @ (850) 784-7722.
- Avoid direct sun for two month, then use sunscreen SPF #15 or higher whenever you anticipate sun exposure.
- No smoking.