Post-Operative Recovery

The First 24 Hours:

  • Eat a soft diet. Minimize chewing.
  • Pain is minimal to moderate with chin implantation but it may be worse with chewing. Tylenol or prescription pain medication is usually enough to relieve discomfort.
  • Ice the chin area for the first 72 hours (15 minutes out of every hour). This will help minimize swelling. Starting on the fourth day, you may apply warm moist compresses or a heating pad to speed up the absorption of any bruising.

The First Week:

  • You may have a small dental roll or band aid over the chin to ensure the suture stays in place. After 24 hours, you can take daily showers.
  • On the second day, swelling may be noted on the jawline and just above giving you a “cheeky” look.
  • Use some Vaseline or Aquaphor on the suture line to keep it supple; do not use on the day of suture removal. If there is crusting, use a Q-tip soaked in a 1:1 dilution of hydrogen peroxide and water to clean the area; then reapply ointment.
  • Over the next few days, yellow skin discoloration is sometimes seen underneath the jawbone. It subsides after a few days.
  • Sutures are usually removed approximately after 1 week.
  • A soft diet is encouraged for the first week.
  • Initially, the chin may appear too prominent to you. This will settle as swelling subsides.

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