Dr. Marilyn gives the following After Care Protocol following the frenectomy:
Lifts and massage: 6-10x a day for 4 weeks
• Palate Ridge Massage
Trace the index finger along the upper ridge of the palate. Your baby will try to follow the finger with the tongue.
• Tongue Lift
Place both index fingers under the tongue on either side and lift. Lift with enough force that the diamond revision site appears. Occasionally, the site will bleed slightly. This means that any potential re-attachments have been released.
• Lip Lift
Place both index fingers along either side of the revision site and lift. Again, lift with enough force that the full diamond appears.
• Tummy Time
Quality tummy time each day helps babies use their head and neck muscles which aid in oral function. Engage with your baby on his/her back, make eye contact, and slowly roll your child onto his/her belly. If your baby becomes agitated, you can end the session. Tummy time can be done on a parent's chest, arms, or on the floor. Whether 5 seconds or 15 minutes, quality tummy time each day helps develop essential muscles.
• Facial Play
Babies love to try to mimic the faces parents or siblings make at them. Any sort of facial play with siblings or parents encourages tongue movement. This includes sticking tongues out, wide mouth opening, laughing, etc.
Dr. Marilyn personally contacts each mother the day after the procedure. Additionally, all families leave with her direct line and email. You can contact her anytime following the procedure.
To make it easier for new parents, an office follow-up is not required. Most babies go on to breastfeed successfully without any additional visits. However, if a mother has any questions regarding their baby’s healing, they may schedule a follow-up visit anytime. We offer in office or video chat follow-ups.
A small percentage of babies’ frenectomy sites reattach. Additional revision due to reattachment is provided at no additional fee.