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Will My Face Go Back to Normal After Jaw Surgery?

Posted on 1/2/2024 by Dr. Johnson
Image of a man with jaw pain. The jaw is designed to withstand force, but like other body parts, it can get fractures from accidents or sports injuries. When this happens, you need corrective surgery, which will take significant time to heal. During the healing process, your face will experience changes, and we are here to explain how your face will go back to normal post-surgery.

Swelling Immediately After Surgery

When you wake up from jaw surgery, you will be completely numb from the effects of anesthesia, but swelling will start immediately, and you expect some level of stiffness. Your face, at this point, will be distorted as the swelling must reach its peak before it starts subsiding. Your dental surgeon may keep you in the hospital for a night or two if you have had a more complex jaw surgery.

Two Weeks to Three Months Post-Surgery

Two weeks later, you will have up to 20 percent swelling on your face that will continue for up to two months of surgery. However, if the swelling is still significant at three months, contact your dental surgeon for advice. To reduce the swelling further, your doctor will give you medications, and you can also use home remedies like ice. Ice also reduces post-operative sensitivity, but you should avoid too much application on the skin. After that, consider a warm water bottle to manage the swelling.

After three months, most of the swelling and bruising will reduce, but you will need more patience as you are yet to see the final results. Usually, by the time you hit the seventh to ninth month, all the swelling should fade, allowing you to appreciate the surgery results.

Contact Us for Any Post-Jaw Surgery Questions

Like any other surgical procedure, you will experience significant swelling and bruising after surgery that may distort your appearance. However, be patient as you recover from these effects and appreciate the surgical results. For more details on what to expect post-surgery, call our dental office today.

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