How Long Before All Facial Swelling Disappears After Surgical Repair of a Blowout Fracture of the Eye Socket/cheek Bone?

I am currently 3 months post surgery and still have quite a bit of facial swelling. Trauma involved fractures to side of eye socket, floor of eye socket , cheek bone and nasal cavity. plates were used to repair and secure fracture

Doctor Answers (2)

Facial swelling with facial fractures


It may take months for the facial swelling to improve. It is very common fo rthe majority of the swelling to resolve in a few weeks after surgery, but it may take up to a year for it to resolve.

Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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This swelling can persist for a very long time.


It is also possible that what you see as swelling in increased facial volume do to how the facial skeleton was mended.  3 months from this time of trauma is a relatively short period of time.  For trauma victims, I often let things settle for a year or more before considering further revisional surgery.  Inevitably this type of work often benefits form additional revisional surgery.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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