External Angular Dermoid

  • DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS

    Pain control

    Administer medications as required for pain (paracetamol or ibuprofen available from pharmacies without prescription). Local anaesthetic is injected into the area at the time of surgery; this should wear off within 24 hours and an increase in pain may occur when the local anaesthetic ceases to have effect.

    Dressings

    Keep dressings clean, dry and intact until review.

    Pathology

    The piece of tissue that has been removed is sent to pathology for identification. The results should be available at your next appointment.

    Activities

    Avoid strenuous activities to prevent damage to the suture line.

    What to expect

    The area that was cut will have a scar. Every effort is made to minimise the scarring and achieve the best cosmetic result for your child. You will be given instructions at your review appointment on what to do to prevent poor healing and bad scarring. This may include the use of tapes or massage with sorbolene cream or aloe vera. Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months and always use a strong sunscreen if sun exposure is unavoidable. The final result may not be seen for at least one year. Absorbable sutures ("stitches") are usually used although this depends on the age of your child. Any non-absorbable sutures will be removed at the follow-up appointment.

    Seek medical attention in the event of

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Wound discharge or increasing redness
    • A sudden increase in swelling after 24 hours

    Follow up

    Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:

    • Plastic Surgery Outpatients (Registrar Clinic), Blue Desk, Ground Floor Royal Children's Hospital (morning appointment)
    • Consultant Clinic 
    • Consultant Private Rooms 
    • Local doctor

    If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to reschedule.

    If you have any concerns contact:

    Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
    Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
    Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345 5522