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Plastic Surgery for Burns and Other Wounds

What Happens After Surgery for Wound Treatment?

For any surgery involving the removal and transplantation of skin, it is extremely important that you follow the general instructions and guidelines for the care of your wound once you are sent home.

Daily Activity After Cosmetic Surgery

Easy does it! Remember, your energy level will decrease when you return home after cosmetic surgery compared to when you were in the hospital. Patients often report being more tired and easily fatigued when at home than while they were in the hospital. You may find it helpful to set up a regular routine, but remember to pace yourself. If you are tired, take time to rest. Do not overdo it.

Skin Changes After Cosmetic Surgery

Be patient with your healing after cosmetic surgery to repair burns or wounds! As you continue to heal, you will notice changes in the color, appearance, and feeling of your skin at the surgical site. You also may notice numbness, a tingling sensation, or minimal feeling around your incisions. This is normal. These sensations will continue to improve over the next few months.

Perfusion and Circulation After Cosmetic Surgery

After your cosmetic surgery, it is important to monitor perfusion (passage of fluid) and circulation of the wound site. Avoid wearing clothing that constricts or applies pressure around your wound. Also, your doctor may give you a additional instructions to help with circulation to the wound.

Signs of Infection At the Surgical Site

The following are signs indicating that there may be an infection at the surgical site. Notify your doctor right away if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • White pimples or blisters around incision lines.
  • An increase in redness, tenderness, or swelling of the surgical site.
  • Drainage from the incision line. Occasionally, a small amount of bloody or clear yellow-tinged fluid may drain. Notify your doctor if it persists or if it changes in consistency.
  • A marked or sudden increase in pain not relieved by the pain medication.

You may experience some other, more general signs of infection that will require medical treatment. If you notice any of the following symptoms of infection, it is important that you call your health care provider as soon as possible.

  • A persistent elevation of body temperature greater than 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit (Take your temperature daily, at the same time each day
  • Sweats or chills
  • Skin rash
  • Sore or scratchy throat or pain when swallowing
  • Sinus drainage, nasal congestion, headaches, or tenderness along the upper cheekbones
  • Persistent, dry or moist cough that lasts more than two days
  • White patches in your mouth or on your tongue
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  • Trouble urinating: pain or burning, constant urge or frequent urination
  • Bloody, cloudy, or foul-smelling urine

 


 

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Reviewed by Michael J. Wheatley, MD on June 12, 2012

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