Prior to your surgery, you will have the opportunity to speak with Dr Motykie about any part of your surgical procedure and/or recovery process. You will be asked to change into a surgical gown and Dr Motykie will place surgical markings on your face. Lastly, wear loose fitting clothing the day of your surgery that is easy to get in and out of such as sweat pants and a shirt that zippers in the front.
Anesthesia and Operating Facility
For almost all facial procedures you most likely receive general anesthesia (you are asleep) for your own personal comfort, safety and surgical ease. It is Dr Motykie’s opinion that the safest and most effective way to perform surgery is under general anesthesia.
Dr. Motykie uses only Board Certified Anesthesiologists to administer anesthesia and monitor your safety during your surgery. You may be given medication before reaching the operating room so you will feel relaxed before surgery. The surgery takes approximately thirty minutes to perform in its entirety. Every surgery is performed in a state of the art fully accredited, state of the art (AAAASF) surgical facility where your safety, comfort and privacy are of the utmost importance. Deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) precautions are taken with every patient and include a minimum of anti-embolic stockings and sequential compression devices (SCDs) on the lower extremities during the entire length of your procedure.
After general anesthesia is administered (you are put to sleep), a very small incision is made inside of your mouth opposite the upper molar teeth on both sides. The buccal fat pads are then simply and quickly removed from inside of the mouth and the tiny incision used to remove the fat pads is closed with a single dissolvable suture. Because the entire procedure is performed inside of the mouth there is no resulting facial scarring and there is no need for bandages following the procedure.
After surgery you will be brought to the recovery area where you will be allowed to rest and completely recover from anesthesia. Nurses will be on staff by your bedside to make sure you are recovering properly as well as being able to provide you with pain medications and small amounts of water and/or ice chips while you are becoming more awake and alert. After you have fully recovered from anesthesia, you may be released to home with a responsible adult or you may choose to stay overnight in an outpatient recovery retreat where there are nurses on staff 24hrs to assist you with post-operative care and medications.
The most comfortable position to recover in after surgery is a reclining chair with your head elevated. You will return to Dr Motykie’s office the next morning to receive further instruction for the rest of the week. The night following your surgery, you may experience some discomfort that can be controlled with your prescribed pain medication. Temporary bruising and swelling are common the first night after surgery. You may need to go to the bathroom frequently during the night because of the IV fluids you were given during your surgery.
- Day Of Surgery
- Post Operative 1 day | 1 week | 1 Month | Long Term
- Combined Procedures