1. We know this is a challenging time for our patients. Please remember that the appearance of the "stalk" is just temporary, and the final results will make these few weeks of awkwardness work it.
  2. Sleep in a recliner or with your head elevated on two pillows for at least the first 72 hours to decrease.
  3. Keep your face completely dry for 48 hours.
  4. After 48 hours, you can gently clean the flap with soap and water in the shower. Then pat the flap dry or let it air dry.
  5. If you need to wear glasses, use tape to suspend them from your forehead. Do NOT rest them on the flap.
  6. Apply Vaseline or Aquaphor 2 times per day to the incision lines and along the side of the flap. Do NOT use antibiotic ointments since these may cause skin irritation.
  7. Avoid strenuous activity for the first week after surgery. It is important to walk as much as you can.
  8. If there is a yellow Vaseline gauze wrapped around the tube of skin, apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to it daily.
  9. Stay hydrated, and take pain medicine only as prescribed. Do not drive on pain medication.
  10. Take antibiotics as instructed. If you develop severe diarrhea, rash, or a yeast infection, please contact the office.
  11. If ear cartilage was needed in surgery, you will also have a “bolster” sewn to the ear. Keep it completely dry for 48 hours, then it is ok to take a light shower afterwards.

If any issues arise, please contact the office at (314) 965-9184.

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Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Tara Ramachandra, or would like more information, please call our office at (314) 682-4456 or request a consultation online using the form below.

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