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PRE / POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

PLEASE NOTE: If you have any concerns or questions prior to your surgery, you are encouraged to speak to Dr. Solomon in advance to ensure you are fully prepared for your surgical date.

1. What to AVOID 2 weeks Before Surgery:

  • Smoking (nicotine and marijuana)
  • Alcohol for at least 2 weeks pre-op, as it may increase bleeding and prolong swelling.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications, unless approved by Dr. Solomon
  • MUST discontinue Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen, as these products may increase bleeding and prolong swelling.
  • MUST avoid Garlic extract, fish oils and Vitamin E and Arnica

2. What you Need:

  • Vitamin C – Patients may take up to 2000 mg of Vitamin C daily for 2 weeks prior to surgery.
  • Prescription for anti-biotic and pain will be provided by our clinic prior to your surgery.
  • Ice packs
  • Salt water or Hydrogen peroxide
  • Patients may drive themselves home unless a sedative is requested for anxiety on the day of the procedure.
  • Recommended: Arnica by Sinecch, an herbal Supplement to help minimize bruising and swelling. To be taken following surgery. Sold in our clinic.

3. What you Need to Know:

  • Minor incisions are made inside each cheek and left open to drain. These incisions typically close on their own within 48-72hrs.
  • You will need to gargle with salt water or hydrogen peroxide after every meal for the first week. Standard post-operative bruising & swelling may last for up to 2 weeks. Please be patient.
  • Typically results will become visible an average of one month post procedure.
  • You may experience pain during the recovery process. Take Tylenol for pain.
  • Some numbness may exist around the operative area for a few weeks that may affect your smile.
  • You may experience tenderness in your cheeks when chewing or smiling. May last several days post procedure.
  • Tenderness may last up to 3 months.
  • Often patients experience heightened anxiety around the surgical period. This is normal.

4. What to AVOID Post-Surgery:

  • Avoid bending over or lifting heavy things for one week. Besides aggravating swelling, this may raise your blood pressure and start haemorrhage.
  • Avoid smoking (nicotine and marijuana), for one month as it may prolong healing and increase risk of complications.
  • Alcohol for at least 2 week pre-op and 2 weeks post-operatively, as it may cause fluid retention and prolong swelling. Alcohol should not be taken with pain medication.
  • Naturopathic or herbal medications, unless approved by Dr. Solomon
  • Aspirin, Advil or Ibuprofen, as these products may prolong swelling.
  • Moderate physical exercise for up to 4 weeks post-operatively.
  • Strenuous physical exercise for up to 6 weeks post-operatively
  • Direct sun exposure on incisions for up to 12 months. Use a minimum of SPF 45 daily.

If you experience any of the following listed below, please contact Dr. Solomon directly by email at [email protected].

  • If you develop a large firm mass extending from the surgical area.
  • If you develop a rash, persistent fever, chills or sweating.
  • If you notice a foul odour or yellow drainage coming from the incision sites.
  • If you experience severe pain, that is not controlled with Tylenol.
  • If you experience persistent bleeding that does not resolve in 20 minutes or with direct pressure.
  • Persistent vomiting and inability to drink liquids for greater than 4 hours
  • Shortness of breath, chest pain, weakness or numbness in the face or limbs

If you require any clarification regarding these instructions or would like to arrange a follow up appointment with the nurse, please call the office at 905.764.7799 or email us at [email protected]