- 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.
- Sleep in a recliner or with your head elevated on two pillows for at least the first 72 hours to decrease.
- Keep your face completely dry for 48 hours.
- 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.
- If you need to wear glasses, use tape to suspend them from your forehead. Do NOT rest them on the flap.
- 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.
- Avoid strenuous activity for the first week after surgery. It is important to walk as much as you can.
- If there is a yellow Vaseline gauze wrapped around the tube of skin, apply Aquaphor or Vaseline to it daily.
- Stay hydrated, and take pain medicine only as prescribed. Do not drive on pain medication.
- Take antibiotics as instructed. If you develop severe diarrhea, rash, or a yeast infection, please contact the office.
- 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.