Welcome to the post-surgical recovery phase. This period is vital for the success of the procedure you have undergone. At Atelier do Sorriso, we are committed to ensuring that you receive all the necessary information and care for a calm and effective recovery. Carefully follow the guidelines we have prepared for you and ensure the best outcome for your treatment.
1. Care with the Surgical Wound
If you detect any bleeding, it is crucial to bite firmly on a gauze pad over the area for at least 10 minutes. It is imperative that you abstain from smoking during the first 24 hours after surgery to prevent additional bleeding and not interfere with the healing process.
To avoid bleeding, you should not spit or perform rinses that are not strictly recommended by our specialists.
It is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort after surgery. This can be managed with the correct administration of prescribed medication, although it is not possible to completely eliminate the sensation.
Postoperative swelling is a natural response of your body. It tends to reach its peak between 48 to 96 hours after surgery and usually lasts from 4 to 6 days. To minimize discomfort, apply an ice pack to the affected area in the first 24 hours, at regular intervals of 30 minutes, and avoid using hair dryers or sleeping on the operated side.
It is essential that you maintain an abundant intake of liquids and a cold liquid/pasty diet in the first 48 hours after surgery, opting for foods like yogurts, ice creams, jellies, and puddings. Gradually, you may reintroduce room temperature foods, avoiding those that are too hard or difficult to clean until the surgical stitches are removed. Foods like peanuts, popcorn, and other nuts and seeds should be avoided for at least 20 days.
6. Oral Hygiene
It is recommended that you do not perform rinses or brush your teeth in the first hours following surgery. Subsequently, start gentle rinses with chlorhexidine, limiting it to three times a day, for 30 seconds each.
You should avoid intense physical activities until otherwise indicated. Practicing sports can cause bleeding and delay the healing process. It is recommended that you only resume your usual physical activity after the stitches are removed.
The purplish or yellowish stains that may appear in the operated area are a normal reaction in some patients and do not represent a cause for alarm. These tend to fade naturally between 7 and 14 days.
Muscle stiffness and difficulty opening the mouth are common reactions after surgical procedures and tend to disappear between 5 to 10 days.
The sutures placed aim to promote better healing of the surgical wound. Their removal is generally necessary within a week after surgery.
Your cooperation and compliance with these guidelines are fundamental for a quick and uncomplicated recovery. If you have any doubts or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us. At Atelier do Sorriso, your well-being is our priority.