You may have received a prescription for pain medication and or anti-inflammatory medications. Please have the prescription filled at a pharmacy on your way home.
PAIN, SWELLING, REDNESS AND OR BRUISING
Any or all of the above may occur at the injection sites following your procedure. This is normal and should dissipate within a few hours. Bruising may take 7 – 10 days to completely resolve.
Ice packs may be applied to the area to help relieve these symptoms.
Post-procedure you may find common activities (related to the involved muscles) may become more difficult. i.e. masseter muscles injected – chewing or talking may seem more difficult. You may notice this effect in the first day or up to 2 weeks after your procedure. The effect will gradually diminish over 2 – 4 months. This is normal.
DIET AND NUTRITION
You may have a soft diet and increase back to normal as you can tolerate.
INTRAVENOUS SEDATION AND GENERAL ANAESTHETIC PATIENTS
Patients who have had general anaesthetic may experience muscle pains especially around the neck and shoulders, but this can occur anywhere including the chest, back, legs and arms. The pain is often like that which occurs after heavy exercise. It is caused by an anaesthetic drug, and although it is inconvenient and uncomfortable, it is not unusual or dangerous to experience these symptoms. The stiffness and discomfort usually lasts for only two to three days, but can linger for up to one week. It is best treated by rest, heat and your post-operative pain pills.
You may require a follow-up appointment. This appointment may already be made for you, or you may be instructed to contact our office to schedule them. Botox injections usually require 3 – 4 months before a repeat procedure may be performed. Please follow the instruction given you the day of your surgery. If the prearranged appointment(s) are not suitable, please contact our office to change your date or time.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT MUST BE OBSERVED
DO NOT leave the patient alone until the morning following surgery.
ABSOLUTELY NO driving or operating any machinery for the first 24 hours following surgery, or as long as you’re taking prescription pain medication.
ABSOLUTELY NO alcohol or recreational drugs for two weeks following surgery, or as long as you’re taking prescription medications.
If you have any questions or problems, do not hesitate to call our office at 454-6565 or 1-800-379-9474. If your call is not answered by the answering service, hang up and call again in five minutes. We apologize for this inconvenience as the lines may be occupied by other callers. There is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon on call ALL HOURS OF THE DAY.
WE PREFER THAT YOU CALL OUR OFFICE FIRST RATHER THAN YOUR OWN DENTIST OR FAMILY DOCTOR. However, if you are experiencing severe bleeding or breathing problems requiring IMMEDIATE ATTENTION, please proceed to the nearest Emergency Department or Dial 911.