Here are some things you should keep in mind when it comes to managing your swelling.
Swelling is a Result of Increased Blood Flow to the AreaRemember, first and foremost, that swelling takes place when your body increases the flow of blood to the surgical site. The body does this as a response to injury, and adequate blood flow does help speed healing. However, the problem comes when there is too much blood flow. This causes swelling, which can lead to discomfort and even slow down the healing process.
To reduce swelling, keep the area cool. Apply an ice pack to your face on the outside of the cheek. The cool temperature will radiate through your cheek and into the surgical site. This will reduce swelling and ease any discomfort you may be feeling.
Also, make sure to keep your head elevated, especially during the first few days after surgery. When you lay flat-or, worse yet, lay with your head declined-it encourages the flow of blood to your head. This will increase swelling and may even cause you to begin bleeding at the surgical site.
Avoid eating any sort of crunchy food, as you want to minimize any chances of disturbing the surgical wounds. Instead, eat cool foods that are smooth and creamy. Chilled soups are great, as they both avoid disturbing the surgical site and have a soothing effect due to their lowered temperatures.
Finally, make sure you follow any post-surgical instructions that we give you. Doing this will help speed your recovery.
Please contact us if you have any questions about your swelling after a surgery.