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Laceration - Lip


    Pain control

    Take medications as required for pain (paracetamol and ibuprofen are 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.


    Apply Chloromycetin (antibiotic) ointment frequently to keep the wound moist.


    If antibiotics are prescribed for your child administer these as directed.


    Your child can have a normal diet, although it is better to offer soft foods for the first few days if pain from the lip makes it difficult to chew or eat solid foods.

    What to expect

    The cut that was repaired may have a scar and often becomes 'lumpy' for a few weeks or months. Every effort is made to minimise the scarring and achieve the best cosmetic result. You will be given instructions at your review appointment on what to do to prevent poor healing and bad scarring. This may include massage of the area to soften the tougher scar tissue.

    Seek medical attention if your child has:

    • Increasing pain or pain not relieved by medication
    • Persistent fever
    • General unwellness
    • Wound discharge or increasing redness

    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