Facial Injury Advice

Facial injuries require different treatment depending on their exact location. Below are checklists of advice for each of the common facial injuries – your doctor will tell you which applies to you.

Please speak to your doctor if you have any questions about the information below.

Cheekbone fracture
  • do not blow your nose for three weeks
  • try to have a soft food or liquid diet
  • if you develop any changes in your vision (eyesight) go to the emergency department
  • avoid lying on your injury
Jawbone fracture
  • rinse your mouth with warm salt water hourly and keep your mouth and teeth clean
  • try to have a soft food or liquid diet
  • if the way your top and bottom teeth meet (bite) changes in any way go to the emergency department to have this checked
Broken/knocked out teeth
  • rinse your mouth with warm salt water hourly and keep your mouth and teeth clean
  • try to have a soft food or liquid diet
  • arrange a follow-up appointment with your dentist

Nose fracture

If you develop any of the following please go to the emergency department:
  • any changes to your vision (eyesight)
  • heavy or regular bleeding
  • a discharge from your nose which runs like ‘tap water’

Stitches for facial wounds

  • keep the area clean and dry
  • if you have not had steri-strips applied to your wound, you can wash your face 24 hours after leaving the emergency department (but to not rub your face)
  • stitches can be taken out by your GP practice nurse after seven days
  • please be aware that scarring may occur – this is different for every patient. If you are concerned please speak to your GP

Stitches for scalp wounds

  • keep the area clean and dry
  • if you haven’t had steri-strips applied, you can wash your scalp 24 hours after leaving the emergency department but do not rub
  • stitches can be taken out by your GP practice nurse after seven days
  • please be aware that scarring may occur – this is different for every patient. If you are concerned please speak to your GP.