Recovery from Chin Reduction Surgery


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Provided that your chin reduction surgery goes as planned and that there are no complications the recovery is usually quite fast and simple. After approximately two weeks, you will be able to resume normal activities, although you should avoid contact with your face for at least six weeks.

Recovery Immediately after Chin Reduction Surgery

Immediately after your chin reduction surgery, the main purpose of the recovery will be for you to come around from the anaesthetic successfully. During this time, you will be in a recovery room where you will be carefully monitored.

At this stage, any effects that the surgery has had on your body will be dealt with. For example, if you lost a lot of fluids these will be replaced. You will also be checked to make sure that the anaesthetic has not had any adverse effects. Once you are able to confirm your name and date of birth and your vitals are, stable you are considered to have recovered from the anaesthetic. At this point, you will be sent to a different ward for overnight monitoring.

Recovery during the First Few Days after Chin Reduction Surgery

For the first few days after your chin reduction surgery you can expect to experience some inflammation, discomfort, tightness, and numbness in and surrounding your chin. All of these are normal reactions to surgery, which you will be able to control with painkillers. You are also likely to feel drowsy from the anaesthetic for a few days. This can make it difficult to concentrate on things such as reading and can make you much extremely tired during the day.

You will usually be sent home after twenty- four hours in hospital. You will need someone to drive you home, as you will still be under the influence of the anaesthetic at this time. When you get home, you will need plenty of rest and relaxation. You should make sure that you have things to occupy you, which will not require your full attention. Films and music are often the best things at this stage.

You will struggle to eat solid foods at this point because of the tightness and inflammation of your chin. As a result, you should try to stick to soft foods that can be chewed easily. Things such as soup and porridge are a good choice, however you should try to ensure that you are getting a healthy balance of foods. This is important during the recovery process, as your body will need all of its energy to give you a speedy recovery.

Recovery during the Two Weeks after Chin Reduction Surgery

You are likely to need two weeks of work after you have had chin reduction surgery. Once the anaesthetic is out of your system, you will find that you have more energy and will be able to concentrate on more demanding tasks such as reading or going on the computer.

If dissolvable stitches were used to close the incisions these will begin to dissolve after about one week. If this is not the case then the stitches will have to be removed. This is normally done by a nurse ten days after your operation.

During the first two weeks, you should avoid any strenuous activities. This means that you should avoid lifting heavy objects or taking part in aggressive exercise. Light exercise is recommended to help your recovery but you should not overstretch yourself.

After two weeks, you will be able to resume your normal activities. You should avoid contact with your face for a further four weeks after which time the recovery process will be complete.


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