Caring For Your Chin Implant
Having chin implants done is one of the most dramatic things you can do to complete your profile. The surgery is very straightforward and the complication rates are very low, making it the ideal choice for those looking to enhance their appearance.
Having a thorough understanding of what the procedure entails post-operation will help you speed up the recovery process. Your surgeon will provide detailed instructions on your post-operative care, but below is a brief overview of what you should expect.
Will I be able to drive home after surgery?
No. You should make arrangements with someone to drive you home after your operation.
What symptoms can I expect following the surgery?
- Your lower lip will feel “asleep” – similar to getting a local anesthetic shot during a dental treatment.
- You will feel discomfort and swelling in your jaw and chin area for several days following your surgery.
- You will experience difficulty with talking and smiling.
- You may also have some bruising around your chin and neck.
What precautions should I take?
- You will need to follow special instructions given by your surgeon for brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth.
- You will need to follow a liquid and soft food diet for the first few days – you may be instructed to take meal-replacement shakes to meet dietary needs while preventing unnecessary stress to the area.
- You should avoid strenuous work the first couple of weeks following your surgery.
What are some things I can do to make my recovery period easier?
Before leaving for your surgery, you should create a recovery area in your house. This will ensure that you have everything you need within reach, which will prevent unnecessary stress and movement.
- Get ice packs and cold packs to reduce swelling and help alleviate pain.
- Consume only liquids and soft foods (Jell-O, pudding, water, juice, shakes, etc.).
- Take all medications recommended by your surgeon.
- Stock up on hygiene and recovery products including mouth rinses, ointments, and salves.
- Have a thermometer in case you suspect a fever.
- Stock up on gauze rolls to clean up any discharge or bleeding.
- Surround yourself with lots and lots of pillows!
- Have a cellphone with all your doctor’s contact numbers in speed-dial in case of an emergency.
How long before I can return to my normal activities?
The great part about chin implant surgery is that the recovery period is very short. Generally, people head back to work after a few days of rest. Although you may resume your normal schedule shortly, it is highly recommended that you avoid activities which might cause an impact to your face – like contact sports or activities that require a helmet – for 3-4 weeks.
Book your consultation today with Dr. Pirani to further discuss concerns and questions you might have regarding chin implant surgery.