It is imperative after surgery that you follow your surgeon’s instructions to avoid complications and ensure the best possible results from your procedure. Your specific instructions will vary depending on the surgery performed. However, there are some general post-operative care instructions to keep in mind.

General Post-Operative Instructions

Following surgery, our medical staff recommends that you avoid activities that could hinder the healing process, such as smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages. We also suggest that you take at least a week away from your daily routine as well as any strenuous activities, allowing yourself time to rest and recuperate.

You should not take any drugs containing aspirin, as they will increase bruising and may even cause internal bleeding.

Your surgeon may have prescribed you Panadeine or Panadeine Forte. Both of these products contain Codeine, an ingredient that can cause constipation. If you are taking Panadeine or Panadeine Forte, it is important that you drink plenty of fluids and stay on a high fiber diet. You may also find a laxative such as Nulax to be suitable during this time.

Your stitches will be removed a few days after surgery. To assist with the healing process and make scars less visible, you may try rubbing Vitamin E cream into the scars twice a day for six weeks.

Many patients become depressed during the transition period following surgery, as their bruises and scars have not yet healed. However, it is important that you stay positive during this time. You may consider seeking advice from our beauty therapist or hair stylist on how to enhance your new appearance with makeup or a new hairstyle. This is a good way to boost your confidence. Appointments can be made at our reception desk.

Your surgeon will always schedule you for a follow-up appointment. However, if between surgery and the follow-up you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important for you to contact us immediately:

  • Excessive pain or bleeding
  • Fever
  • Abnormal swelling

We are dedicated to doing all we can to make your surgical experience with us as comfortable as possible. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about your post-operative care.