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Houston Cranio Facial

Tips for Facial Reconstruction Post-Operative Care

Each patient’s facial reconstruction program is unique to their needs. That said, many aspects of recovery will be similar for most individuals. The healing process is an essential part of achieving the discussed outcome, and how you care for yourself during this period will help you see the best possible result. Some of the tips Dr. Eric Payne recommends patients keep in mind include:

  • Start walking as soon as possible to help reduce swelling and the risk of blood clots
  • You will likely tire easily, so give yourself time to rest as needed, and take on new activities slowly at first
  • Avoid strenuous activity and exercise, including housework, for at least the first two weeks
  • Keep your head elevated to at least a 45-degree angle for the first 1-2 weeks, including while sleeping
  • Discomfort peaks after a few days and should begin to subside after that point
  • The majority of bruising and swelling should fade after the first one to two weeks
  • Remember that it is not recommended to drive while using narcotic pain medication
  • If your pain increases, you experience increased swelling or bruising, or you have a fever of 101-degrees F or higher, call your physician immediately

For more tips and advice on how to make the healing process as smooth as possible, please reach out to our medical team.