After Care is very important to optimizing the results of any procedure. Often after-care is more about what NOT to do than what to do. Please follow the instructions you were given after the procedure as carefully as possible. As a reminder, here are some basic guidelines:
Keep the area dry for 24 hours.
You may shower or swim after 24 hours.
How to care for your wound:
Remove the Band-Aid and gently wash the wound with soap and water. Apply bacitracin and a new Band-Aid.
If the Band-Aid gets wet, make sure you change the Band-Aid. You do not want to leave a wet or dirty band-aid against your wound.
Continue wound care once a day until the wound is healed. Periodically, leave the Band-Aid off so the wound can get some air and form a scab.
If you have sutures, continue wound care once a day until you return for suture removal.
Signs of infection:
Increased redness, swelling or any pus coming from the wound. It is normal to have a little bit of redness and/or swelling, but if the redness is spreading out from the edge of the wound any more than a ¼ of an inch, give the office a call at 508-655-0525.
Do not lie down flat for at least four hours after the injections. Do not exercise vigorously for 4-6 hours. Do not massage or rub the area affected for at least 24 hours. Otherwise, you are free to resume your normal activities.
- Use a cold compress or a bag of frozen peas to reduce swelling.
- Avoid exposure to intense heat (sun lamp or sunbathing) or cold.
- Avoid taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen), St. John’s wort, or high doses of vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
- Avoid washing your face for up to 12 hours to avoid re-activating the agent.
- If you experience dry, flaky skin, treat with a mild moisturizer as needed.