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, 33, 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.

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.

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.