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Post-Operative Instructions

MOBILITY

During the first week, you will sleep on your back. Get out of bed every 2-3hrs and walk a little bit, then back to resting. Avoid any strenuous movements and heavy lifting. Keep your head slightly elevated and avoid bending over.

ACTIVITIES

Return to normal activity should be a gradual process and should never cause discomfort. Stop if you are uncomfortable!

TREATMENT OF SWELLING

  • Avoid cooling of the skin in the areas of fat grafting.
  • Avoid unnecessary activity during the first week, keep your head elevated.
  • Take Arnica tablets as prescribed.
  • Make use of our 'Omnilux' light therapy unit to speed up your recovery. (R690 - 3 sessions)

SKIN

  • Do not rub or apply pressure to area treated.
  • Applying moisturiser with a soft patting motion can be done 2 days after surgery.
  • Possible side-effects include swelling, bruising, numbness & bleeding.

SUN

UV Exposure break down collagen and elastin fibres, an essential in collagen formation. Wear a sunscreen with a skin-protection factor (SPF) of at least 30 at all times.

MEDICATION - Take medications as directed.

Contact Dr Geldenhuys if you develop nausea, heartburn, diarrhea, constipation or bloating. If pain persists despite pain medications please contact Dr Geldenhuys.

DIET

Have 3 meals a day with plenty of fiber, protein & carbohydrates. Hydrate yourself with plenty of non-carbonated drinks: water & freshly squeezed juices.

HEALING Requires time. How much swelling you develop depends on the extent of the surgery, surgical technique and your physical condition. Healing continues over a long period of time, up to 18 months. Most of the swelling develops in the first 48 hours. As healing progresses, swelling and bruising decreases. About sixty to eighty percent of your swelling will disappear in the first two months and the remainder gradually thereafter until a year later. We will evaluate your result after three, six and twelve months.

CALL ROOMS (021) 424 5218 IF YOU HAVE

  • A temperature greater than 37'C.
  • Excessive bleeding from the incision sites.
  • A sudden increase in pain, or swelling in the area of incision site.
  • Any questions regarding your care.
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