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COSMETIC SURGERY POST-OP INSTRUCTIONS

THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS WILL ANSWER MANY OF THE QUESTIONS THAT MAY ARISE AFTER YOUR SURGERY. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SHOULD READ THEM SEVERAL TIMES SO THAT YOU BECOME FAMILIAR WITH THEM. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS FAITHFULLY; THOSE WHO DO SO HAVE THE SMOOTHEST POST-OPERATIVE COURSE AND MORE SATISFACTORY RESULTS.

SWELLING

Any operation is accompanied by swelling of the surrounding tissues. The amount varies from person to person, but it always seems more prominent in the face. Swelling may be more noticeable after the first post-operative day. It may be more pronounced along the jaw line, and is generally most noticeable in the morning after you first wake up. This swelling is normal. It is not serious and is to be expected after your surgery.

The main thing to remember is that swelling eventually subsides. You can help decrease the swelling in the following ways:

1. Sit, stand, and walk as much as you can after you leave the hospital. Staying in an upright position can decrease the tendency for swelling.

2. It is always a good idea not to use your back when lifting heavy objects. For at least a week after surgery, bend at your knees,


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