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what to do for swelling after corrective jaw surgery?

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Dr. Michael Miller
35 years experience Wound care
Natural process: The good news is that area has fantastic blood supply and so healing will occur rapidly. Inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling) is the body increasing the blood flow to the injury to bring healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. Dressings and ointments are of no value there. Avoid further trauma to the area and let nature take it's course. Motrin/advil help.
Answered on Jun 20, 2013
Dr. Larry Nichter
35 years experience Cosmetic Surgery
Swelling & Jaw Surg: Swelling after surgery is minimized by elevating the area, normal blood pressure, no nausea or vomiting, stop taking nsaid's, antioxidants, and some vitamins and supplements that can cause bruising 2 wks before and after, and low salt diet. And if advised elastic wraps.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Follow instructions: Your oral surgeon will give you a complete list of postop instructions and medications. Follow instructions and your postop course will be much smoother.
Answered on Mar 31, 2015

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