Following the surgery, you will retreat to a spacious recovery suite where you'll recuperate in a specially designed recliner and comforted by the pleasure of soft, warm blankets. Your post-op nurse will remain near to routinely monitor your vital signs to ensure both your comfort and safety. When your condition has stabilized, you will be released and permitted to return home. Because cheekbone surgery is carried out under local or, in some cases, general anesthesia, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult, usually a friend or relative. And it is recommended that a companion remain with you for the first 24 hours. If you would feel more comfortable remaining overnight at the surgery center's aftercare suite, registered nurses are available around the clock to monitor your well-being and assist you with your needs. Upon leaving the surgery center you will be given written post-operative instructions as well as the date of a follow-up office visit. It is important that you carefully follow the post-op instructions and keep all office appointments to ensure a complete and successful recovery.
Sutures are removed in about three days following surgery. Pain associated with the surgery is usually minimal and is easily controlled with medication. Some temporary swelling and bruising of the face can be expected however cold compresses may help reduce the swelling. As an additional measure to keep swelling minimal, Dr. Stevens will advise you to keep your head slightly elevated and to sleep in a recliner during the first few days of your recovery. Most patients experience some difficulty chewing for about two weeks, and there may also be some tightness or numbness around the treated area.