Do not disturb the wound – Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the wound on the day of surgery.
Firm, Moist Gauze Pressure for 2 Hours: Firm, moist gauze pressure stops bleeding. Bite down firmly and do not talk during this time. Relax sitting upright in a comfortable chair watching TV. If still bleeding after 2 hours, stack and fold 3 fresh gauze, moisten with water, and apply to the wound for 1 hour at a time until bleeding stops.
Apply Cold Packs to Face: Apply bags of ice or frozen peas to each side of face. Hold bags in place with an ACE wrap, scarf, or towel. Alternate cold packs 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off for the first 48 hours. Keep head elevated on a recliner or couch while sleeping for the first 7 days to minimize swelling.