What is facial trauma repair?

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Facial trauma repair is a type of surgery. It fixes an injury to the face or jaw. It may be done to stop bleeding, repair damaged tissue, or fix broken bones.

You will get medicine to make you sleep during the surgery.

You may go home the same day as your surgery. Or you may need to stay in the hospital overnight. If you have other injuries, you may need to stay in the hospital longer. How long it takes to heal will depend on what type of injury you have. It may take a few months.

Recovery

Facial trauma repair is surgery to fix an injury to the face or jaw. The surgery may have been done to stop bleeding, repair damaged tissue, or fix broken bones.

Your face may be swollen and bruised. It may take 5 to 7 days for the swelling to go down, and 10 to 14 days for the bruising to fade. It may be hard to eat at first.

If you have stitches, the doctor may need to remove them about a week after surgery.

It will probably take a few months for you to heal after surgery. Your face may look different than it did before your injury. Sometimes more surgery is needed later to help make your face look as close to how it did before the injury as possible.

When you can return to work depends on the injury you had and what type of work you do. You may be able to go back to work in 1 to 2 weeks.

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