Going through a facial fracture can be a very dangerous and painful experience. While some things are inevitable, it is important to take the right treatment course and after care for administering pain and faster recovery.
Facial fractures can occur due to various reasons such as accidents, sports injury, and falls. They are categorized by the area affected. Some of the common examples of facial fractures are:
- Nasal fracture – Nose bone
- Mandible fracture – Lower jaw bone
- Maxillary fracture – Upper jaw bone
- Zygomatic fracture – Cheek bone
- Orbital fracture – Bones around the eye socket
- Frontal sinus fracture – Forehead bone
- Dentoalveolar fracture – Bones that support the teeth
In this blog, we will specifically focus on options and strategies used for post-operative care for facial fractures that ensure proper healing, reducing complications and restoring normal facial function and appearance.
All fractures are extremely painful but facial fractures are comparatively more sensitive due to the interconnectedness of all sensory organs. It is highly advisable to take medicines as per your prescription. Do not over or under use any medicines on your own.
- Take prescribed medications and anti-biotic.
- Apply ointment on the incision as directed by your doctor.
- Use a cold compress on the affected area to reduce pain and swelling.
- Follow the dietary instructions provided by your doctor.
- Drink lots of water.
- Maintain a healthy nutritious diet.
- Avoid spicy, carbonated and acidic foods and drinks.
Undergoing facial surgery is a big deal. Give yourself a break and do not exert yourself immediately after the surgery.
- No lifting or bending until a few days after surgery.
- Take a week break from school, work and other commitments.
Follow-Up with your Doctor:
This is the most important for managing any symptoms or complications on time.
- Go for your scheduled checkups to track the progress of your treatment.
- Stay connected with your doctor on the phone in case of any medical emergency.
- Look for any signs of persistent pain, excessive swelling and redness or bleeding. See your doctor immediately.
- Follow the right wound care instructions to prevent infections.
- Keep the incision area clean and dry.
- Be gentle with your hands while cleaning.
Shower and Bathing:
- Ask your doctor if it is okay to bathe after a certain number of days.
- Do not scrub the incised area.
- Use warm water for showering.
- Gently pat the area dry.
Facial fractures can be complicated due to the complex anatomy of the face. But, it can be taken care of with proper and prompt surgical care and non-surgical treatment and healing tips.