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