Incise and Drainage
- Apply cold compresses to outside of face in the area of incision for 15 minutes. Do not use after 24 hours. It is not unusual to have post-operative swelling.
- Some swelling should be expected.
- If prescribed antibiotics, take as directed until all medication is consumed. Take pain relievers as directed but only as often as is necessary to manage the discomfort.
- Do not rinse your mouth for the first 24 hours.
- Starting the day after your treatment, rinse gently after meals or snacks with the prescribed rinse. Continue for at least one week.
- For the first 24 hours eat soft, cool foods that can be easily chewed or swallowed. Avoid eating or drinking hot foods or liquids (coffee, soup, tea).
- Do not raise your lip or pull on the cheek to look at the surgical site.
- A little bleeding or oozing is normal after the procedure. If worried, place a wet teabag firmly against the area for 20 minutes or longer if necessary. If bleeding continues, please call the office.
- Do not smoke, spit, blow your nose or drink any alcoholic beverages for the first 24 hours. These actions may delay healing and cause complications.