Following the surgery, hospital stay may vary depending on procedures and operating room facility policies. At the first week following the Orthognathic procedure, special care should be taken. Patients should maintain an all-liquid diet at the first days following surgery and go slowly introducing soft food before hard food. Following the diet correctly helps the healing process.
Pain medication and prophylactic antibiotics will also be prescribed. Reactions such as facial discoloration and swelling are expected. Hard exercising should not be practiced before a month following surgery.
Depending on extent of the surgery; healing process might take from a few weeks to up to a year. Swelling usually disappears at the first weeks after surgery; however, some swelling might also remain a few months later. On average, Orthognathic Surgery recovery may be faster than recovery from an extraction of an impacted wisdom tooth.
The surgeon will accompany healing process, in order to make sure changes remain at the same place and also check if there is any infection.