AFTER THE PROCEDURE
The recovery time depends on the type of operation. It's recommended to use cooling in the postoperative period within 24-48 hours. Painkillers also help in the early postoperative period and facilitate the initial recovery. Antibiotics are usually recommended during the first week after the operation. As for eating in the initial days, it is necessary to consume light food.
A return to normal daily activities is possible 7-14 days after surgery, while heavy physical activity should be avoided 4-6 weeks after the surgery. The recovery of sensation of the face and ears gradually returns within the first month, in rare cases - it may take a little longer. Scars are usually hidden in the scalp, or in the natural crease in front of and behind the ear. The first results are already visible after 14 days, and the final ones - after 6 -12 months.
Side effects are usually temporary: during the first few days after the surgery expect swelling, bruising, which is why it's recommended to lightly cool the face during those days. For a few days later the face can seem painful, tight, sensitive – a painkiller will help reduce these sensations.
Early complications may include:
Skin and subcutaneous tissue infection
Facial nerve paralysis (in rare cases)
Facial asymmetry between left and right sides of the face (the face is always naturally asymmetric)
If you notice other specific, troublesome symptoms, turn to a specialist for advice immediately.
Keep in mind that in order to have a smooth and quick postoperative period, it is incredibly important to follow the doctor's instructions and take proper care of yourself.