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Question 13 - After MMA, how long before the swelling goes down?

From: J. P.

Hi : I had MMA surgery about 2 weeks ago, they also removed the plates and screws that they put in my chin last year when I had my GA.

My face is still swelled up, how long before the swelling goes done? My nose looks more wide than before the surgery, but seems also swelled up. is this normal?


Answer Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
July 24, 2007

The extent of post-surgical swelling is related to the individual patient, the surgeon’s skill and the length of surgery. Typically, peak swelling occurs about 48 hours and then the swelling gradually subsides.

There is usually fairly dramatic reduction of swelling in the first 10 days. There will be continue resolution of swelling after that, but will be slower. I usually tell my patients that 75-80% of the swelling should be gone in 3 weeks.

The remaining swelling should not be very noticeable, but can take another couple of months.

Nasal widening is the result of moving the upper jaw forward. There are some techniques to “lessen” the extent of widening, but can not prevent it.

Good luck

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