Recovery from Genioplasty Surgery
Immediately after the operation, the chin will feel swollen and tight. Swelling and bruising is variable but is generally worst on the second or third day after the operation. The swelling can be reduced by using cold compresses and sleeping propped upright for a few days. Most of the swelling has disappeared after a fortnight but there is often some subtle swelling that can take several months to disappear.
If a patient is having a genioplasty surgery carried out on its own they should have little problem with eating although they may well start with a soft diet and then gradually build up to normal food over a few days.
This obviously varies from person to person but most patients are only in the hospital for a night or two. The position of the chin will also be thoroughly be checked with X-rays before the patient is allowed home.
We recommend that most people have around a week off work if they are having a genioplasty suregry carried out.