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Patient Instructions

Post-Operative Instructions

After surgery, you will receive instructions regarding the care of the dressings applied at the hospital or surgery center. These wound care dressings should remain in place until you are seen in our office for your first post-operative appointment 3-7 days later. At that time, we will remove the initial surgical dressing and replace with clean dressings or we will discontinue wound care dressings altogether. Meanwhile, if you should have any complaints about the tightness of the dressings or if they become soiled, you may make arrangements to come in for a dressing change.

IMMEDIATE ATTENTION is required for any signs of infection. Infection should be suspected if there is any significant change in wound drainage, redness, pain or swelling that gets worse over the course of the day or night. Infection is uncommon in wounds less than four days after surgery or more than two weeks after surgery.

As your wound heals, you should be aware that recently healed skin is very susceptible to a variety of burns. For several months after your wounds have healed, they may be burned easily by strong chemicals or the sun. Avoid sun exposure or use sunblock on the scars for at least six months. Lip balm with sunblock is a convenient way to carry around a bit of sun protection for scars.

IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS, CONTACT OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT (510) 763-0884.