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Your doctor will advise you if there are sutures ("stitches")
that need to be removed.
Administer 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.
Keep dressings dry, clean and intact until your review
appointment, unless advised otherwise by your doctor. Some wounds
may be left open with ointment to be applied; most wounds will be
covered with some form of dressing.
Avoid strenuous activities in the first few days to prevent
injury to the operation site.
A scar will always be present after a cut on the skin, however
the aim of the surgery is to improve the appearance of this scar.
Your doctor will advise you how to care for the wound to produce
the best cosmetic result. This may involve applying tapes for weeks
or months, and/or twice daily 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
scar result may not be seen for at least one year.
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