Patient Information

General anaesthetic

After a general anaesthetic you will be affected for up to 10 days.

It is important that you:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to allow your body to eliminate the anaesthetic through the kidneys and liver. Coffee and tea do not count because they can dry you out.
  • For the first day or two your judgement will be affected. You will need someone to drive you home.
  • It is not advisable to drink alcohol, make important decisions, drive a car or operate machinery for 24 hours.

Local anaesthetic

If you have had your operation under local anaesthetic the above will not be a problem. The local will wear off over the next few hours.


The swelling will peak at around 36 hours and subside over the next two weeks. A small residue may persist for six months and then subside.

Blurry Vision

Your vision may be blurry as a result of cream in your eyes to prevent drying during the operation.


If you feel discomfort take your first panadeine before it wears off completely.

You may experience ongoing discomfort. Pain relief is supplied by prescription on discharge. Taking the recommended pain relief every four hours will help. Do not take aspirin or anti-inflammatories -- just take the medicine supplied.

If the medication you are taking is not controlling the pain, you need to contact your GP or surgeon to reassess you. Antibiotics will be supplied on prescription upon discharge -- please complete the course.

Any burning or spreading redness and fever would indicate antibiotic resistance. This is uncommon but consult your surgeon or GP at the earliest convenience.

Exposed wounds are cared for by boiling water for five minutes to render it sterile and allowing it to cool. Using a cotton bud, cleanse the wound surface along the stitch and staple lines and then apply Chloromycetin eye ointment which you have been supplied or prescribed. Do this twice daily until further instructed by your surgeon.

You can use cold compresses for discomfort if you wish.


Smoking or being around smokers is strongy discouraged as it causes poor blood flower for healing and may injure or kill recently operated skin.


You will find it more comfortable to sleep with your head up in a semi-upright position for up to a week if you have had a significant procedure to the face or scalp.

Expect bruising or swelling and some numbness at the site of the operation. You may also experience tightness that will fade over a few days.


Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting (if you cannot pick an object up in one hand it is considered heavy).

No bending, stopping or straining for one week.

Sexual activity causes an increase of blood flow to the face and is best avoided for the first week or so.

Maintain a nutritionally balanced diet as this promotes healing.

You can wear make-up only when the sutures are removed.

No permanent waves, hair dyeing or bleaching for 4-6 weeks.


Contact your surgeon or GP if you notice an increased temperature or fever.