After the Procedure

What to Expect

Numbness will wear off within 2 - 3 hours after procedure. Do not be alarmed if latching is difficult at first you may have to help flange the upper lip especially while the lip is numb. Tylenol may be given, but please consult doctor for specific dosage. The wound areas may appear white or yellowish.  This is normal and is not an indication of infection.  Full healing usually takes between  2-3 weeks.

Wound Care Instructions

For infants and toddlers, to aid in the healing process, we recommend using Peroxyl for the first 4 days after each feeding.  Peroxyl is a disinfectant oral cleanser that can be applied to the surgical area with a cotton swab.   For older children, warm salt water rinses can be used to help expedite healing.

Proper Stretching

Stretches should be completed until the 2 week follow up appointment. Completing stretches are crucial to prevent reattachment.  The best time to perform stretches is right before each feeding. For optimal results, stretches should be performed 4 to 6 times a day for several seconds each time. Minor bleeding may happen the first few days and is not cause for concern

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2801-J Eubank Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112
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9201 Eagle Ranch Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114