The following information is intended exclusively for Barrett Plastic Surgery patients. If you have had surgery by another surgeon, please follow up with that surgeon for your post-operative instructions. Congratulations on completing your surgery! Please reference these instructions over the coming weeks as you begin your recovery process.
A responsible adult must provide transportation for you after surgery (public transportation/Uber is not permissible).
A responsible adult must stay with you until the morning following the procedure. If you are having several procedures, you may need or prefer assistance for 1-2 days following your procedure.
Avoid making major decisions or participating in activities that require judgment for 24 hours after surgery.
Get plenty of rest and follow a balanced diet. Decreased activity and pain medication may promote constipation, so you may want to increase your fluid intake and add more fruits to your diet.
Take all medications as instructed postoperatively.
Wash your face, hair, and body with antibacterial soap before coming into the office on the day of surgery.
Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).
Do not consume any alcohol for 2 weeks after your procedure.
Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.
It is important to relax and keep your head elevated the night after surgery.
A soft diet is recommended for the first two weeks after surgery.
Shower 24 hours after surgery. Leave the steri strips on and pat dry with a clean towel.
Remove the scopolamine patch from behind your ear after surgery, as it may cause blurry vision when worn for too long.
Surface sutures are removed in 5-14 days.
Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection
Keep steri-strips on for 2 weeks or as directed by Dr. Barrett.
After taping, you will start Skinuva twice daily, massaging firmly into incisions.
No baths, hot tubs or swimming for 6 weeks.
Avoid exposing scars to the sun for at least 12 months. Always use a strong sunblock.
Swelling is to be expected and may subside within 2-3 weeks. It may last for 2-3 months.
Most bruising and discoloration should resolve over the first two weeks.
Your jaw may be numb following surgery. This is normal and will subside over the coming weeks to months.
Unusual sensations, pins and needles, and occasionally mild discomfort may occur as these nerves regenerate over time.
Avoid intense exercise, heavy lifting, strenuous activity and/or sweating for the first 2 weeks.
No contact sports for six weeks.
Avoid hard/chewy foods for two weeks.
Fever of 101 degrees F or greater.
Pain is not relieved with pain medication.
Swelling, redness, bleeding, and/or foul drainage from the incision area.
Persistent nausea and/or vomiting.
You have not urinated for more than 6 hours after getting home from surgery.