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Administer medications as required for pain (paracetamol and
ibuprofen are available from pharmacies without prescription).
Local anaesthetic is administered at the time of surgery; this
wears off over 24 hours and pain may increase as this occurs. Any
areas that are made numb by the local anaesthetic should regain
sensation at this time.
Keep dressings clean, dry and intact until your review
If antibiotics are prescribed for your child administer these as
Keep the limb elevated to reduce pain and swelling and encourage
faster healing. Avoid activities that would cause undue strain on
the affected area.
The cut that was repaired will have a scar. Every effort is made
to minimise scarring and achieve the best cosmetic result. You will
be given instructions at the 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.
Your follow up appointment will be at one of the following:
If you are unable to keep your appointment please call to
Plastic & Maxillofacial Surgery Office - 9345 5391
Outpatient appointments - 9345 6180
Plastic Surgery Resident or Registrar - via switchboard on 9345