It is imperative after surgery that you follow your surgeon’s instructions to avoid complications.


After surgery it is imperative that you follow your Surgeon’s instructions to avoid any complications and ensure the best possible results from your procedure.

Your specific instructions will vary depending on the surgery performed, however there are some general post-operative care instructions to keep in mind.

It is important to remember that each of us recovers differently after surgery. Please always contact us if you have any questions or concerns as we are here to help.

Pain Medication

Your Surgeon may  prescribed  an oral medication such as Panadeine or Panadeine Forte to reduce your pain and discomfort after surgery.


Depending on the type of surgery, your Surgeon will suggest that your taking time away from your usual daily routine as well as any strenuous activities, allowing for rest and recuperation. If possible, it is always advisable to have someone with you to help you at all times. Additionally it is not advisable to drive a vehicle or operate machinery for 24 hours post surgery or whilst taking medications.

After Facial surgery you will be required to keep your head elevated, apply ice packs and avoid any strenuous activites such as lifting. You may also be required to wear a supportive garment for 3 weeks.


Always ensure you drink plenty of fluids and maintain a high fibre diet if taking medication containing codeine (Panadeine/Panadeine Forte) as it may cause constipation. Also, do not consume alcohol in the immediate post operative period or while taking medication.


Your Surgeon will always schedule a follow up appointment (usually after 7 days) post surgery. However, if between your surgery and the follow up appointment you experience any of the following symptoms, it is important you contact us immediately:

  • Fever
  • Excessive swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Severe pain or vomiting
  • Increasing pain
  • Difficulty with dressings

The team at Coastal Plastic Surgery are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of care and comfort during your surgical experience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time. Your recovery is our priority.