What To Do After Surgery

Post-operation ALL patients will receive Post-Operative patient Information specific to their surgery. This sheet contains important details and informs them of the recommended post-operative care and details regarding follow-up appointments.

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Your post-operative patient information sheet will contain details on how to manage your dressings.

Please Note
It is normal to have a small amount of red blood or clear fluid draining from the wound. If this increases, apply pressure for 10 minutes to the area. If this does not work, then please contact Dr Briggs’s Rooms on (03) 8849 1444.

During your first review appointment, your surgeon will change the dressing and assess your wound.


You will most likely have sutures in your incision. Some sutures are dissolvable and will gradually disappear. If you have non-dissolving sutures or staples, Dr Briggs or his nurses will remove them 7-10 days post-operatively.

Do not smoke as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

A prescription for antibiotics may be provided; please take the full course as directed. If you have been given an ointment, follow the instructions carefully as to its application.

If you have had face surgery you may experience bruising and swelling around eye and cheek areas. This is normal and will start to resolve within 7-10 days.

Observe the operated area for signs of infection: increased redness, swelling, separation of the skin, pus, a bad odour, or pain. Contact Dr Briggs’s rooms if this occurs.


  • Do not drive or operate hazardous machinery for the remainder of the day.
  • Limit your activities for 24 hours.
  • Do not engage in sports or heavy work until Dr Briggs gives you the go ahead.
  • A responsible adult should remain with you on the day and evening of your surgery.

If you have had surgery on your hand or foot, please keep the affected limb elevated using pillows or slings to assist. Doing this will help reduce swelling and pain.


Local anaesthetic is usually administered to the wound during surgery by Dr Briggs, which can help relieve post-operative pain. However, to avoid pain suddenly returning, start any prescription pain medication soon after returning home.

It is normal to experience some pain during the first 24-48 hours after your operation. Depending on the severity of the injury a prescription for pain medication may be provided. If a prescription is not provided, then over-the-counter pain medications such as Panadol, Panadeine and Nurofen are usually very effective.

Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medication.

Dr Briggs will require you to take your medications as per his directions. If this medication does alleviate your pain or discomfort, please contact Dr Briggs’s rooms on (03) 8849 1444

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Dr Patrick Briggs Melbourne Plastic Surgeon – FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Both he and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Not only does he offer high-quality results he also offers natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results. Furthermore, he is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. 

Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
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What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs’ Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.