Our Patient After Care Advice

Anaesthetic, if used, will usually last 2-4 hours. Be careful not to chew your lips, cheeks or tongue.

The following information will help prevent bleeding and soreness:

  • Do not rinse until the next morning to avoid disturbing the blood clot. Should bleeding occur carefully place a clean cotton bandage or handkerchief over the wound and apply gentle yet firm, pressure for 5- 10 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please contact the practice.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise for 12 hours as this will increase your blood pressure and hence increase the chances of bleeding from the wound.
  • Avoid hot fluids and hard chewy foods. Cool drinks and soft food will prevent injury to the wound.
  • Avoid smoking for 4 days to allow the wound to start to heal.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours as this can thin the blood and may start the wound to bleed.

After 24 hours:
Bathe the area with hot salt water 3 to 4 times a day. Hold this over the area for one minute, discard and repeat. The solution is made by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.

Post operative pain: It is common to experience pain after the anaesthetic has worn off. The dentist will advise you on pain relief before you leave the surgery.

General recommendations for cleaning dentures:

Unless your dentist tells you to leave your dentures in at night it is advisable to remove them.

General method of cleaning dentures is:

Clean over a filled sink or towel to avoid breakages if dropped.

Brush under cold running water before soaking to remove loosely adhering particles.

Soak in a cleanser.

Brush under running water after soaking to remove any remnants of the cleanser. Do not use hot water for either cleaning or soaking your dentures. It may distort, weaken or crack them.

Acrylic resin (plastic) dentures:

Rinse denture after every meal and remove debris by brushing with a soft toothbrush and a mildly abrasive denture paste.

If possible soak overnight in a denture cleaning solution for example neutral peroxide (Steradent) or alkaline (Dentural or Milton).

  • Avoid highly coloured food and drink for the first three hours after removing the trays.
  • Avoid carbonated and acidic drinks throughout the whitening period, these may make your teeth more sensitive.
  • Some sensitivity is to be expected but will settle down after a short period of time.
  • It is advisable to use sensodyne toothpaste in your trays if you suffer sensitivity.
  • The process may take three weeks or even longer for very dark areas.
  • Make sure the whitening gel is kept refrigerated.
  • The tray may need some adjustment if you suffer from specific areas of gum irritation.
  • To maintain the whiteness we recommend you whiten your teeth for one night every alternate month.

Anaesthetic, if used, will usually last 2-4 hours. Be careful not to chew your lips, cheeks or tongue.

Minor sensitivity to hot/cold temperatures or some soreness around the gum line may occur.

This can be alleviated by pain relief if required.

If the pain is persistent or you suffer from extreme sensitivity to pressure or temperatures, please contact us.

Please follow your interdental cleaning as described by the dentist as this will allow the gum around the crown or bridge work to stay healthy.

  • Anaesthetic, if used will usually last 2-4 hours. Be careful not to chew your lips, cheeks or tongue.
  • Minor discomfort may be experienced for a few days. Medications, if prescribed, should be used to relieve any discomfort.
  • Hot/Cold sensitivity should not be experienced. If temperature sensitivity persists, please contact the practice.
  • It is normal for the treated tooth to be somewhat sensitive to pressure. Usually this disappears after a few days. If extreme pressure, sensitivity persists beyond that period of time or if swelling occurs, please contact the practice.
  • It is important to keep follow up visits in order to maintain the success of treatment

The following information provides some useful tips to help aid the healing process of dental implants

Anaesthetic: The effects of local anaesthetic normally last 3-4 hours. To avoid damage to your tongue, cheeks and lips you should avoid chewing until the numbness has completely worn off. Also avoid hot drinks or food if you are very numb.

First and second week

Eating: avoid any excessive pressure onto the dental implants/dressing area. This is very important. You should only eat soft nutritious food for two weeks. Avoid hard sticky foods. Maintain a soft, high protein diet.

Avoid pushing your tongue near the dental implant area for at least 2-4 weeks

Medication: take antibiotics and pain relieving pills as prescribed. Finish the course of antibiotics. If you have a reaction to the medication, please telephone the practice. Only take painkillers when needed.

Hygiene: avoid brushing the area with the dressing and dental implant. Rinse with corsodyl mouthwash twice a day. This keeps the dental implant area clean and undisturbed.

Exercise: avoid physical exertion (i.e. sports, heavy lifting etc) as this can cause bleeding around the dental implant.

Alcohol: avoid alcohol for 2 weeks as this can affect the healing tissues around the dental implant.

Smoking: avoid smoking for 3 days before treatment and 2 weeks after, as this will also slow down the healing process around the dental implant.

Food and drink: avoid very hot drinks and spicy/acidic foods. Do not eat hard crusty foods as this can cause more pressure on the dental implant.

A surgical dressing will be placed around the dental implant area after surgery. This should remain in place for about two weeks.

Do not use a toothpick or touch the dental implant area with your tongue.

Ice packs: a cold ice pack should be applied externally over the dental implant area as much as possible for the first three days. This helps reduce swelling.

Denture wear: if you wear a denture, this will be relieved so that no pressure is applied to the dental implants(s). The denture is placed with a protective dressing and should not be removed for 2 weeks.

Third week

Lightly brush the dental implant area after the dressing has been removed (normally two weeks after the surgery) you can dip your toothbrush in corsodyl liquid and brush gently around the treated areas.

Fourth week

Resume normal cleaning around the dental implant.

Note it is very important that you maintain your oral hygiene and home care at a high standard to ensure no plaque builds up around the gums, and that you attend the regular check- up appointments. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have questions.

  1. Avoid applying makeup over the injection sites for 12 hours. This is to reduce the already small risk of skin infection.
  2. You will likely have small bumps underneath the skin at the sites of injection. These should be gone within one hour. This is just the Botox beneath the skin. This technique allows it to soak down into the muscle rather than being injected directly into the muscle and increasing the risk of bruising.
  3. Remember the 3S’s of premature skin ageing and try to limit these; Sun, Smoking and Stress.
  4. Results of your treatment may take up to 14 days to take full effect. If you feel after this time that you have seen no effect, only a small effect or have any other queries please contact the practice.
  5. You will be offered a top-up/follow up appointment to ensure your happiness with the results. Further Botox applied to the areas treated is complimentary at the next appointment i.e. included in your initial payment.
  6. If your eyebrows arch more than you would like this can usually be treated easily at the follow up appointment.
  7. If your eyebrow or eyelid droops following treatment, please attend for your follow up appointment as there are several steps that can be taken to correct this rare complication.
  8. Bruising is the most common complication of treatment- although still relatively rare. You can reduce bruising by applying ice; it is ok to cover up bruising with concealer/make-up the next day (see 1).
  9. Headaches occasionally occur following Botox treatment. This is normally only on the night you receive treatment. In this case take painkillers as you would with any other headache.
  1. It is normal for the skin to be red around the area of injection but also white around the area where the anaesthetic cream/injection was applied. This should only last a few hours.
  2. Lumps can occasionally occur when the dermal filler absorbs water from the body and swells. For the first 24 hours after treatment these lumps can easily be massaged away (between finger and thumb). Don’t massage lumps that you cannot see as this will only displace your filler.
  3. Rarely numbness and/or tingling over the site of injection may occur for a few days.
  4. Bruising is the most common complication of treatment. You can reduce bruising by applying ice; it is ok to cover up bruising with concealer/make-up the next day (see 5).
  5. Avoid applying make-up over the injection sites for 12 hours. This is to reduce the already small risk of skin infection.
  6. Often superficial lines in the face are ‘highlighted’ in pink or red following treatment. This effect will settle within a few days (see 5 regarding make-up).
  7. Dermal filler applied to the lips often causes swelling. The amount of swelling is not proportional to the amount of filler inserted. Your lips will settle within a few days to how they should look for the remainder of your treatment cycle. Sometimes it may look as if more dermal filler has been placed into one side or the other; this is due to swelling. In a few days this should even out. However if an individual small lump can be seen, this should be massaged firmly in the first 24 hours following treatment (see 2).
  8. Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (i.e. solarium, sauna or sunbathing).
  9. If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk the needle punctures could contribute to another eruption of cold sores. This question is on the consent form.
  10. If you are using asprin, clopidogrel, warfarin, or similar medication, be aware that these may increase the bruising or bleeding at the injection site.
  11. Finally, since dermal fillers dissolve over time, the correction does not last forever. Many people choose to have regular treatments.

PRE TREATMENT

For optimum results your skin will usually be treated for two weeks prior, with the following:

  1. AHA / Salicylic product
  2. Lightening serum
  3. SPF at minimum

Why? We wish to prepare the skin thoroughly and effectively in order to guarantee optimum results throughout the course of treatments.

Please avoid the following for 14 days prior/post
IPL
LASER
Microneedling treatments
Direct sun exposure
Please avoid the following for 7 days prior/post
Steroid Cream
Do not wax the area
Prescribed Retin A cream
Please avoid the following for 3 days prior/post Vitamin A: specifically retinol
Please avoid the following for 1 day prior/post
Shaving / depilatory creams
Additional notes If prone to coldsores a prescribed anti-viral medication may be advisable.

POST TREATMENT

This phase is mandatory to ensure the skin is using approved ingredients post treatment and to prevent any adverse or unwelcome reactions. Please do not pick or irritate the skin.

PLEASE USE FOR 5 DAYS AFTER TREATMENT
Please do not pick/ peel at shedding skin. Please follow prior/post advice as listed above.
Please do not use resurfacing products for 72 hrs post treatment.

AM

  1. Cleanse with Ormedic Cleanser
  2. Iluma Lightening serum
  3. SPF Prevention +

PM

  1. Cleanse with Ormedic Cleanser
  2. The Max creme

On Day 3

  • Use the Vital C Hydrating
  • Enzyme mask for 5 minutes.
  • Then remove.

The Ageless products you have been recommended are active products and are designed to work at a cellular level to correct, prevent and nourish the skin. For this reason you may notice some changes in your skin as you become accustomed to this new level of skincare.

All of the following are considered normal and may last for the first couple of weeks of usage:

  • Tingling on application of product
  • Skin tightness or feeling of dryness
  • Mild shedding
  • Mild irritation

This is a positive sign as it indicates the products are creating changes within the skin. These changes are all due to the main ingredient in your Ageless products, Glycolic Acid and Vitamin A. Glycolic works by absorbing into the skin pushing dead lifeless cells towards and off the surface. As we age our skins natural exfoliation process slows down so glycolic acid is considered a must to keep your skins cell regeneration cycle moving. Glycolic acid exfoliates the skin, increases cell turnover, hydrates and resurfaces the skin. Vitamin A is deemed the holy grail in anti-ageing and necessary to maintain optimum skin health. Once you have used the products for a few weeks it will have reduced any buildup of dead cells revealing glowing youthful skin. These products are given before and during your course of Image peels to deeply exfoliate and regenerate the skin. This allows your peel to penetrate the skin effectively giving optimum anti-ageing results.

To allow your skin to become accustomed to this ingredient it is important that you start introducing any of the below products slowly.

  • Total Facial Cleanser
  • Total Anti-ageing Serum
  • Total Repair Cream
  • Total Eye Lift Cream
  • Total Retinol A Cream x 3 uses max weekly
  • Total Overnight Retinol Mask x 3 uses max weekly

Gradually introduce the product to the skin to allow acclimatisation. Where your skin specialist has recommnded more than one of these products you will use the products together on the nights listed above:

Week 1: Use x2 a week e.g. Monday & Thursday
Week 2: Use x3 a week e.g. Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Week 3: Use x4 times a week
Gradually build to x7 a week under your therapists guidance.