How long does it take to recover from a facial implant procedure?
It typically takes one to two weeks to recover from your facial implant procedure. Your surgeon will let you know how long it will be before you can return to your normal level of activity and work. Your surgeon will give you and your caregiver detailed instructions about your postoperative care after your surgery, including information about:
- Typical symptoms you will experience
- Potential signs of complications
It is vital that you follow all the patient care instructions your surgeon provides, including information around compression garments, drains, antibiotics (if prescribed), and activity. It is also important to know that the amount of time it takes for recovery varies greatly among individuals.
What can I expect immediately after my facial implant procedure?
- You will experience postoperative bruising and swelling, with mild to moderate discomfort for a day or two.
- Ask your surgeon if you can apply a cold compress to the operative site to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain.
- You may need to limit yourself to a liquid-only diet for one or two days.
- You will likely be mobile the day of your surgery, but you should restrict your activities.
What can I expect during the first two weeks of my facial implant recovery?
- You should be able to return to work and other normal activities within a week.
- You should recline in a face-up position at a 45-degree angle for at least one week.
- Your surgeon will remove your stitches five to ten days after your surgery; sutures inside your mouth will dissolve in a similar time.
- You may need to limit yourself to a soft diet for up to ten days.
What can I expect a month into my recovery?
- After four to six weeks, you can resume vigorous physical activity.
- It is important to see your surgeon for your scheduled follow up appointments.