Is there a lot of swelling and bruising after corrective jaw surgery?
Swelling and bruising varies and may not be relative to the extent or complexity of surgery. In general, younger patients tend to swell more and bruise less, while older adult patients tend to bruise more and swell less. Much of the swelling and bruising resolves within the first few weeks, but it may take up to a year for the swelling to completely resolve. Ice packs, elevation of the head while sleeping, and use of the facial muscles will help the swelling to resolve more quickly.