The night of your procedure

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Sleeping in a bed
Misting your grafts


What to expect

  • The dressing will be tight
  • As the anesthesia wears off, you begin to experience some discomfort.
  • Transparent yellow/pink fluid drainage is normal.


What you need to do

  • Carefully take off the bonnet cap (not the dressing) if we placed one during your procedure.
  • Eat food so the medications will not upset your empty stomach
  • Fill your spray bottle with water, set the stream to a light mist. Mist your grafts every few hours while you are awake. Keep the grafts hydrated enough to prevent them from drying out, but stop before they become wet or damp.
  • Take the antibiotic
  • Take the steroid if it was prescribed
  • Take the prescribed pain reliever when you begin to feel discomfort or before you go to bed. It’s best to take the prescription pain reliever as soon as you feel discomfort so you can stay ahead of any pain. If you do not feel discomfort, still take the pain medication before you go to bed. This will help you get a better night’s rest.
  • When you sleep, use the travel pillow and lay in a reclined position. Use the under pads so your bed/chair/travel pillow just in case there is some drainage from your dressing.
  • If you had grafts in the front, use an ice pack on your eyes and lower forehead, but away from any grafts. Repeat for 15 minutes every few hours to help reduce swelling.


If your dressing becomes loose and starts to move towards your new grafts, remove it. Please see the instructions for removing your dressing in the video library.


What not to do

  • Do not exert yourself
  • Do not remove your dressing.
  • Do not touch your grafts
  • Don’t use NSAIDs for 2 days (Aspirin, Bayer, Bufferin, Naproxen, Aleve, Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc)
  • Don’t use alcohol or drugs


Sleeping on a couch
Pain control
Minimizing swelling and brusing
Steroids for swelling