Every surgery will require some type of recovery. Your recovery will usually take a couple of days to a few weeks. There is a possibility that you will also be prescribed medication to help ease the discomfort. Before any surgery, you will want to discuss with your surgeon a realistic recovery plan so that you can make arrangements as needed.
If you work during the week, you’ll want to try and schedule your operation on a Friday. This gives you an extra weekend of recovery.
Purchase two weeks of groceries and household supplies. If you are going to be doing recovery by yourself then you’ll want to prepare ahead of time. A good idea is to prepare single – serving meals and freeze them as well as have extra food on hand that takes little preparation.
Anticipate the need to reduce swelling following facial surgery by applying ice and elevating your head. Crushed ice can be placed in a plastic bag, wrapped in a small towel, and freshened regularly. Alternatively, frozen peas are tidy, reusable, and maintain their cold temperature. For elevation of your head, stacked pillows are prone to failure, but a dependable backrest can be purchased. A recliner is a reliable way to elevate your head but may be uncomfortable for sleeping.
Arrange transportation for the day of surgery and for your follow-up appointments. Anticipate that you will not be able to drive on the day of surgery or while you are taking pain medication.
Ask a friend or family member to stay with you during your first night at home. This person should be willing and able to refresh your ice packs, prepare your food, check on you through the night, recognize problems, and call your doctor.
Fill prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medication prior to the day of surgery. You may pick up the prescriptions from your doctor’s office before surgery and have them filled when you stock up on groceries.