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Question: How long will i be out of school/work?
Answer: 2-3 days on average. Please ask for a school note if needed.
Question: How long will it be before the stitches come out?
Answer: The stitches will dissolve on their own anywhere from 3 to 14 days. If you are having any surgery performed on the outside of the face, these stitches will have to be removed by the doctor at the post-operative appointment.
Question: How long will the bleeding continue?
Answer: The bleeding will occur off and on anywhere from 24 to 48 hours. The dry tea bags will help slow down the bleeding dramatically.
Question: I finished all of my pain medication and I am still having pain, what do I do now?
Answer: You may take an over the counter pain medication: 800mg of Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin. If the pain does not minimize, please call our office.
Question: The pain medication that I was prescribed is not helping, what should I do?
Answer: You may take 600mg of Ibuprofen, Advil, or Motrin and mix it with the pain medication. This will help the pain medicine last longer and it will also help with the inflammation. If the prescription pain medication makes you sick, discontinue it and switch to something over the counter.
Question: When and what can I eat after surgery?
Answer: You may eat or drink as soon as you would like. Expect to be on a soft food diet for several days. Example: soups, ice cream, mashed potatoes. The only foods that are not recommended are hot and spicy foods for the first 48 hours. Also, stay away from crunchy foods (popcorn, peanuts, and potato chips) for the first 7 to 10 days after surgery.
Question: When can I start back to extracurricular activities?
Answer: Normally, 5-7 days after surgery. Each patient's surgery is different, so check with Dr. Johnson on the day of your surgery.
Question: Why am I more swollen on one side of my face than I am the other? How long will the swelling last?
Answer: The extraction site(s) may be more difficult on one side than it is on the other. The swelling gradually expands over the first three days and then will decrease rapidly. Ice or moist heat will help.
Question: Why does it feel like I am biting my cheek after surgery?
Answer: This is due to swelling. After a couple days when the swelling decreases, the problem will subside.