How long is the recovery?
Every person heals at a slightly different rate, and the recovery will reflect the extent of the corrections needed. Generally, the timeline is as follows:
After your surgery, your face will be bandaged, and you can return home to rest. You will need to be driven home and arrange for another adult to stay with you for the first night to assist you. You will have prescription pain medication to stay comfortable and post-surgery directions to follow, including a specific schedule for medications.
The day after your surgery, you will have a follow-up appointment with Dr. Antunes. Your surgical dressings will be removed and replaced, and your incisions evaluated to ensure all is proceeding as it should. The following day, you will start to feel better and will likely feel like performing minor tasks. Within a day or two, the swelling will be fading, and you should no longer need prescription pain medication.
You will have several follow-up appointments, and the stitches will be removed when it is appropriate for you. By about the third or fourth week, you should look and feel well enough to engage in your usual social activities or return to work. Some people achieve this landmark earlier.