Patients can expect a mild to moderate amount of pain or discomfort for the first 72 hours following the surgery. Typically, oral pain medications like Tylenol with codeine are sufficient to control the discomfort.
In general, the patient’s recovery should roughly follow this timetable:
Day 1: Return home and use cool compresses for 24 hours. Mustache dressing should be changed as often as needed. Some swelling, bruising and discomfort should be expected.
Days 2-3: The majority of the bruising and swelling will occur during this time.
Days 5-14: External stitches should be removed or dissolved. The internal and external dressing will be removed by the otolaryngologist, and bruising should subside.
Weeks 2-4: The majority of the swelling should disappear and breathing should be improved.
To facilitate a successful recovery, Dr. Lehman suggests taking a few days off from work following surgery.
Most patients will notice results when the swelling begins to go down, but Dr. Lehman says it may be up to a full year before the final results become apparent.