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.

Please call our office if you have any questions or concerns.