After Facial Implants

Instructions

Have someone drive you home after surgery and help you at home for 1-2 days.

Get plenty of rest.

Follow balanced diet. Dietary restrictions will be provided by your doctor.

Decreased activity may promote constipation, so you may want to add more raw fruit to your diet, and be sure to increase fluid intake.

Take pain medication as prescribed. Do not take aspirin or any products containing aspirin.

Do not drink alcohol when taking pain medications.

Even when not taking pain medications, no alcohol for 3 weeks as it causes fluid retention.

If you are taking vitamins with iron, resume these as tolerated.

Do not smoke, as smoking delays healing and increases the risk of complications.

For chin implants: Dental and oral hygiene instructions will be provided by your doctor.

For jaw implants: Dental and oral hygiene instructions will be provided by your doctor.

Activities

Start walking as soon as possible, this helps to reduce swelling and lowers the chance of blood clots.

Do not drive until you are no longer taking any pain medications (narcotics).

Return to work in about 1 week.

Avoid any activity that could jar or bump your face for at least 6 weeks.

Activity restrictions will be provided by Dr. Cohen.

Incision Care

You may shower 48 hours after removal of the drainage tubes.

Avoid exposing scars to sun for at least 12 months.

Always use a strong sunblock, if sun exposure is unavoidable (SPF 30 or greater).

Keep steri-strips on; replace if they come off.

Keep incisions clean and inspect daily for signs of infection.

What to expect with all Facial implants

Temporary discomfort, swelling, bruising, numbness and/or stiffness.

What to Expect with Chin Implants

Usually, your chin is taped to minimize swelling and discomfort.

Black and blue marks around chin and neck.

Temporary difficulty with smiling and talking.

What to Expect with Cheek Implants

A dressing will be applied to minimize discomfort and swelling.

Ability to move your mouth and lips may be diminished temporarily.

What to Expect with Jaw Implants

Ability to smile, talk, or move your mouth in any way may be limited for several weeks.

Swelling immediately after surgery can be significant and usually peaks in 24-48 hours.

Appearance

Fuller, more balanced look.

Normal appearance in 2-4 weeks.

Jaw: Final facial contour may not be apparent for several months due to prolonged mild swelling.

Follow-Up Care

Sutures in the skin will be removed in 5-7 days.

Sutures used to close internal incisions usually dissolve within 10 days.

When To Call

Any concerns our doctor and staff are available 24/7.