Facial reconstruction is surgery to rebuild or
revise facial structures.
Plan to take off work for 2-6 weeks. It
will depend on how complex the
Do household and outdoor chores ahead
of time or make plans for someone to
Plan things that do not require a lot of
standing or lifting.
Have meals ready that are easy to prepare.
Plan for someone to help with your
children for 1-2 weeks, if needed.
After Surgery at Home
You may have swelling and bruising
around your eyes and face for a while.
Wear loose fitting clothing for a few
days. Avoid pulling clothing over your
You may shower.
Plan rest periods, but also move around
the house as much as you can. You can
resume your normal routines when you
You should not do any strenuous exercise
until you see your doctor at your first
Limit your lifting to less than 20 pounds
for 1-2 weeks or unless your doctor tells
There may be small areas of bruising at
your incision site.
Check your incision daily for signs and
symptoms of infection: increased redness
or swelling, red or hot incision, foul
smelling drainage, or a fever over
You should not drive while you are taking
narcotic pain medicine.
Plan to visit your surgeon a few times in
When to Call Your Doctor
Call your doctor for:
Fever over 100.5 θF for 2 readings taken
4 hours apart.
Increased redness at incision site.
Bleeding or pus from incision.
Increase in pain.
Your doctor’s office phone number is:
(608) 26________________ 8:00 – 4:30,
After hours and weekends, the clinic number
will give you the hospital paging operator.
Ask for plastic surgery resident on-call.
Leave your name and phone number with
the area code. The doctor will call you back.
If you live outside of the area, call Toll free
Hospital Number: 1 (800) 323-8942
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