Facial reconstruction is surgery to rebuild or revise facial structures.
- Plan to take off work for 2-6 weeks. It will depend on how complex the reconstruction is.
- Do household and outdoor chores ahead of time or make plans for someone to help you.
- Plan things that do not require a lot of standing or lifting.
- Have meals ready that are easy to prepare.
- Plan for someone to help with your children for 1-2 weeks, if needed.
After Surgery at Home
- You may have swelling and bruising around your eyes and face for a while.
- Wear loose fitting clothing for a few days. Avoid pulling clothing over your head.
- You may shower.
- Plan rest periods, but also move around the house as much as you can. You can resume your normal routines when you feel ready.
- You should not do any strenuous exercise until you see your doctor at your first clinic visit.
- Limit your lifting to less than 20 pounds for 1-2 weeks or unless your doctor tells you differently.
- There may be small areas of bruising at your incision site.
- Check your incision daily for signs and symptoms of infection: increased redness or swelling, red or hot incision, foul smelling drainage, or a fever over 100°F
- You should not drive while you are taking narcotic pain medicine.
- Plan to visit your surgeon a few times in the clinic.
When to Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor for:
- Fever over 100.5°F for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart.
- Excess swelling.
- Increased redness at incision site.
- Bleeding or pus from incision.
- Increase in pain.
Your doctor’s office phone number is (608) 26________________ , weekdays.
After hours and weekends, the clinic number will give you the hospital paging operator. Ask for plastic surgery resident on-call. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll free Hospital Number: (800) 323-8942
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Last Updated: 05/11/2011
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