Horizon Oral Surgery
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU ICE YOUR FACE AFTER SURGERY?
Swelling after surgery is a normal part of the healing process and is related to the normal inflammatory events, which take place as part of your body's response to any type of injury.
Swelling from surgery typically begins in the first night following your procedure and peaks on the 3rd day. Do not panic if you appear more swollen and bruised by the 3rd day.
THE EXTENT OF SWELLING DEPENDS ON MANY FACTORS
Age of the patient (elderly tend to swell and bruise more)
Complexity of the procedure
Length of surgery (longer procedures may result in more swelling)
Any pre-existing conditions or medications that may enhance the inflammatory process
Whether you follow instructions about icing and anti-inflammatories
HOW DO YOU MINIMIZE SWELLING AFTER SURGERY?
Take the pre-surgery herbal medications provided to you by Dr. Ebrahimi. These medications greatly reduce the extent of swelling. They are usually started one day prior to surgery and maintained for 5 days afterwards
Apply intermittent ice to your face
If there are no contra-indications, take NSAIDS (over the counter Advil)
Avoid strenuous activities
Sleep slightly elevated on your back
WHY DO YOU ICE YOUR FACE?
Ice results in vasoconstriction (shrinks your blood vessels), which means less fluid will leech out the vessels at the site of surgery. As a result, ice helps minimize the total amount of swelling you experience.
HOW LONG DO YOU ICE YOUR FACE FOR?
When you get home, begin applying ice using the custom ice packs provided to you. Do not place them directly over your face. It is best to cover them with a cloth first. Only apply ice for short periods of time and avoid constant pressure as this may cause skin burn.
The benefit of ice is mainly during the first 24 hours. However, if you find it helps reduce your pain, you may continue using ice for another day.
Please contact our clinic at 905-553-6725 if you have any questions or concerns regarding your recovery.