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What to Expect

Be sure to arrange for someone to drive you to and from surgery and to stay with you for at least the first night following surgery.

When your procedure is finished, bandages will be applied to keep the surgical site clean and to support the position of the implant during initial healing. There may be an itchy feeling under bandages. It is essential that bandages remain intact and are not removed, for any reason.

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You will be given specific instructions that include:

  • how to care for the surgical site
  • medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the potential for infection
  • specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in overall health
  • when to return to the office

We will see you the day after surgery, then on the 3rd day to remove your bandage. No sutures need to be removed. At one week you can resume normal activities. At two weeks you can begin light exercise, and at four weeks there are no restrictions.

Following your doctor's instructions regarding medications and other post-operative measures is key to a quick recovery. Herbal medications are available to reduce swelling, bruising, and to speed your recovery.

It is important that the surgical incisions are not subjected to excessive force, abrasion, or motion during the time of healing. Avoid wearing any clothing that must go over your head.


While the initial outcome of plastic surgery with facial implants is noticeable almost immediately, it can be obscured by visible swelling. Often patients can feel that the implants are too large. It may take several months for swelling to fully dissipate. In addition, facial movements may be temporarily restricted or impaired. These are common conditions. There is usually very little bruising.

In general our patients are very pleased with their facial implant surgery. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. Small revisions are occasionally necessary.

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