How Long Does Maxillofacial Surgery Take to Heal?

Recovering from maxillofacial surgery varies from patient to patient, and there are several factors that determine recovery time.

Here, industry-leading plastic surgeon Dr. Jose Barrera discusses maxillofacial surgery in-depth and analyzes how long it takes for maxillofacial surgery to heal.

What is Maxillofacial Surgery?

Maxillofacial surgery is any corrective operation performed on the face, jaw, or mouth. The procedure addresses disease, trauma, or congenital defects and as such, is a broad term that refers to any operation performed on this part of the body.

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How Long Does Maxillofacial Surgery Take to Heal?

Depending on the nature of the surgery, maxillofacial surgery on the jaws can take between nine to twelve months to heal fully.

The first stage of healing is bruising, which will often resolve within one to two weeks. Swelling generally stays longer, possibly between four to six weeks. The speed at which an individual patient recovers depends on several factors: mindset, diet, and age.

As with any surgery, younger patients recover faster than adults. Eating a balanced diet rich in minerals, vitamins, protein, and carbohydrates can provide the body the nourishment it needs to recover rapidly.

Rest during the recovery period, particularly in the first month to six weeks, significantly impacts the total amount of time required to recover from the procedure. Patients who get complete rest, proper nutrition, and adequately manage their pain in this early stage recover faster than those who are too active too fast and fail to consume a healthy balanced diet.

Maxillofacial Surgery in San Antonio, TX

Maxillofacial surgery is a life-changing procedure. Not only can it improve one’s aesthetic appearance by altering the physical appearance of the jaw, but, more commonly, it is used to address underlying anatomical causes of sleep apnea, migraines caused by improper jaw alignment, and breathing issues.

Dr. Jose Barrera is board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He has earned board certification in otolaryngology—head and neck surgery—and sleep medicine and now actively teaches fellows as a fellowship director with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is also double fellowship trained in facial plastic reconstructive surgery and sleep surgery, making him a top expert in sleep medicine in Texas. Please don’t hesitate to call (210) 468-5426 or fill out Dr. Barreras’ online form to discuss how we can improve your life today.