Becoming Active

Depending on the type of surgery you have you may go back to school or work in about two weeks. You may want to begin with half-days, but you can usually become fully active in a couple of months. Try to avoid injury to your face. Your doctors may recommend that you progress from a liquid diet to solid foods, and then to regular foods over several weeks. Your surgeon may recommend a physical therapist to teach your facial exercises that improve your jaws' range of motion. Expect that your friends or coworkers may be surprised about your appearance. Instead of waiting for them to say something, you may want to bring it up first to avoid an uncomfortable situation.