Postoperative Instructions After a Cosmetic Reconstruction

Postoperative Instructions After a Cosmetic Reconstruction

After a cosmetic reconstruction:

The following instructions must be respected to promote healing. Note that it is normal to experience some discomfort and swelling after the surgery.


Day of surgery

  • Keep gauzes in the mouth for an hour or two by maintaining a firm pressure and replace them every half-hour, as needed.
  • Apply ice on the cheek at regular intervals (20 minutes every hour).
  • If you are bleeding, bite into a gauze or a humidified teabag for 20 minutes.
  • Blood-tinged saliva is a normal postoperative effect.


  • Do not eat anything until the bleeding has stopped.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw.
  • Do not rinse your mouth or spit.
  • Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol.
  • Do not eat hard foods.
  • Avoid strenuous activity and don’t forget to rest.


  • If you are experiencing some pain, take the medication that has been prescribed to you.


  • Only eat soft foods or warm liquids.

From the next day and until complete healing

  • Rinse your mouth three times a day with warm water and salt (2 ml or 1/2 tsp of salt in 250 ml or 1 cup of water).
  • Brush and floss every day to remove plaque and ensure better results in the long term. Avoid brushing near the extraction site for the first 72 hours.
  • Avoid eating hard foods (nuts, candies, ice).
  • Be aware that smoke, coffee, red wine and tea can stain your teeth.
  • If you play sports, ask for a custom-made mouth guard.
  • You may experience pronunciation difficulties and an increased amount of saliva. Everything should come back to normal within a week.
  • Bruising may appear on the skin. It will disappear after five to seven days.
  • You may have difficulty opening your mouth. It should come back to normal after four to five days.
  • If after three days the pain increases instead of decreasing, call us.

It is important to know that the brain takes a while to acknowledge the new position of the teeth or their thickness. You can expect that it will take a few days or a few weeks until you can close your mouth normally. If the problem persists after several weeks, call us at 450 465-7800.

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