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Facial Trauma Surgery Recovery and Aftercare Tips

Posted on 6/15/2024 by Wheaton Oral Surgery
Woman with big smile after recovering from facial trauma <br title='b11'>surgeryFacial trauma surgery is a procedure used to fix facial or jaw injuries. Facial injuries caused by sporting accidents, car crashes, or physical assault can impede your ability to eat, speak, or even smile. Fortunately, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can address your concerns through facial trauma surgery. This procedure helps stop bleeding and repairs facial tissues and broken bones. Below are aftercare guidelines to help expedite your recovery after facial trauma surgery.

Limit Your Activity

Depending on the nature of the surgery, it might take anywhere from a few days to weeks before you return to your regular schedule. During this period, we recommend that you get enough rest to help with your recovery. Avoid activities that might re-injure your jaw or face, and follow all guidelines for cleaning your mouth and teeth.

Watch Your Diet

Refrain from eating hard foods that might cause discomfort or re-injure the treatment site. Stick to soft foods that are easily chewable or swallowable. Moreover, drink lots of fluids, preferably water, to stay hydrated.

Take Your Medications

Our surgeon will prescribe various medications to alleviate discomfort and prevent possible infection. Stick to the prescribed plan to avoid complications and aid your recovery. Ask the doctor if you can take over-the-counter medications if necessary.

Care for Your Incision

Facial trauma surgery might leave visible cuts or incisions on your face or jaw. Proper incision care is critical to preventing scarring and improving your overall appearance after healing. Wash the treatment area daily with warm water and pat it dry.

Apply Cold Packs

You may experience minor swelling and discomfort for a few days after surgery. You can apply cold packs to the swollen area 10 to 15 minutes at a time to reduce inflammation and provide relief.

Follow-Up Visits

Follow-up care is equally crucial in expediting your recovery. It also allows our practitioners to monitor your healing progress. Be sure to attend all appointments as scheduled.

Contact Our Practice Today

If you have any questions or need more recovery guidelines, our offices are always open. Contact us for assistance and to book an appointment with us.

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