Most patients return to work, school, or other normal activities two to three days after surgery. There is no problem with traveling or flying the following day, although it’s best to rest for a day or two. Of course there are always variations in overall response and recovery.
Pain: Most patients experience three to four days of discomfort, commonly managed with pain medications such as Vicodin or Percocet. As pain gradually diminishes, ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can be used. After seven to 10 days, most patients no longer have pain and may stop their medications.
Swelling: Any swelling related to surgery will maximize in 36 to 48 hours following procedure, and gradually taper over the next five to seven days. Ice helps to reduce swelling in the first 24 hours.
Diet: Upon arrival home, patients may have water, juices, soups, shakes, purees, and very soft foods. For any cosmetic procedure that requires an incision in the mouth, a soft diet is recommended for up to five to seven days. No hard, crispy, or spicy foods should be eaten during this period. After seven days, patients may gradually return to normal food.
Activity: Get plenty of rest on the day of surgery. Some patients may feel well enough the following day to walk and go out. That’s alright, but take it easy. Avoid strenuous activities for the first two to three days. Refrain from sports, lifting, or doing anything that requires exertion. After three days, if patients feel more comfortable, they can walk, go for a gentle swim, or do very low-impact exercise, such as swimming or walking. Mild activities may cause some pain but not enough to disturb the surgery site or open the sutures.