Is chewing hard during cheekbone reduction recovery?

Do I have to eat only liquid food until my wounds heal? I had a rhinoplasty about 2 years ago and I remember eating was a huge struggle for the next few days post-op, and the surgery didn't even have anything to do with my mouth. I imagine it will be way worse after my cheek reduction. How bad is the recovery? I'd appreciate any information that you have for me. Thanks!


F, 32, Iowa

Tags:woman age 25-34 cheekbones recovery reduction

It is not recommended that you chew anything for the first three to four days following this surgery. You should follow a clear liquid diet to ensure that you don't open the sutures that are inside of your mouth. I thought that I would struggle with this but honestly, I had enough pain in my mouth that I wouldn't have wanted to chew anything anyways.

The pain itself wasn't incredibly intense but it was more than I expected and so the recovery process was a little bit more surprising for me. I had a little bit more post-op bruising than I expected as well but not so much that I was uncomfortable going out in public. Just be prepared for some pain, some bruising, and a few days of no solid food as you heal.

After my cheekbone reduction, I found it hard to chew certain foods that I normally ate, so I ended up going on a soft food diet for about 2 weeks. I ate a lot of fish, pasta, and chicken, that I cut up into really small pieces. After those first two weeks though, I was able to eat whatever I wanted and it didn't cause any pain whatsoever. As far as recovery, I had some swelling after surgery, which went away after 3 weeks, and I had just a little bit of pain while eating or if I bumped my face too hard, which went away after 2 weeks.

My surgeon told me that I should be able to chew soft things within 3 to 4 days after my surgery. While that might be standard for most people, it was not the case for me. I definitely was stuck on liquids for almost a week after my procedure because I was in so much pain.

I had to go back in actually to see if there was something wrong with my sutures because I felt like I was in more pain than I should have been. Maybe my pain tolerance is really low or maybe my body just didn't cope well with surgery but it took me a while to get back to normal. It took me even longer to start chewing on things that were harder like carrot sticks and such.

I don't want this to scare you away from the procedure though because it really changed my life and made me much more happy with the way my face looks now.