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5 Natural Ways to Reduce Swelling After Jaw Surgery

What’s the best way to rapidly reduce swelling after jaw surgery?

In this post, I’ll share my personal success story (and a few strategies) for how I was able to quickly reduce swelling after jaw surgery.

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After my upper jaw advancement surgery, I wanted my facial swelling, crusty lips, and general mask-like appearance to go away as quickly as possible so I could see what I was really going to look like for the rest of my life. I had very little swelling for the first 60 hours after jaw surgery. I commended myself on all the bromelain I took in the weeks leading up to jaw surgery and thought I was in the clear.

But, on the fourth day, my jaw surgery swelling reached its ugly peak. On the fifth day, Dr. Li called me Richard Nixon. On the sixth day, still nothing had changed and so I resigned myself to the slow recovery process I’d heard about and feared.

Then, magically, on the seventh day, something changed. I could smile without pain, I could laugh without restraint. People stopped looking at me with pitying glances. And, for the first time, I looked in the mirror and saw the old me instead of the expressionless, puffy dolls’ face I’d been seeing for the past 7 days.

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At just 2.5 weeks after jaw surgery, no one could believe I had had surgery! While this irked me slightly because I was still on my crappy restricted diet of mush and gruel, I was secretly thrilled not to invite stares anymore, and even happier with how healthy and right my smile was looking.

Here are 5 natural methods I employed to quickly reduce swelling after jaw surgery:

1. Follow a high-dose regimen of vitamins and supplements

Bromelain is a powerful enzyme that’s been approved by the German government as an effective anti-inflammatory for surgery, especially around the nose and sinus. It’s also known as a treatment for sports injury, digestion, and cancer.

Turmeric is recognized in traditional Indian Ayurveda and Western naturopathic medicine as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agent. The International Journal of Cancer reported that its active ingredient, curcumin, killed cancerous growth in lab tests. I’ve also had Indian master yogis tell me it works wonders for flexibility and joint health. This results page has tons more info.

Quercetin is one of my favorite bioflavanoids because it’s an antihistamine. Since transitioning to a healthy diet and lifestyle as an adult, my allergies have been much less severe than when I was a junk-food eating teenager. But, I still take quercetin to calm my occasional allergy symptons, which I did NOT want to experience after upper jaw and septum surgery. Luckily, it’s also known to be an anti-inflammatory and, like many anti-inflammatory treatments, an anti-cancer agent. (Chinese medicine and Western naturopathic medicine both link chronic, systemic inflammation to cancer, so the dual role of these treatments makes sense).

Vitamin C is, quite simply, one of the world’s greatest CHEAP cure-alls. In fact, Michael Murray, the author of the The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine Third Edition, says it is the most cost-effective anti-oxidant you can find on the market. What American doesn’t love bang for their buck? You’ll always find an extra-large bottle of high-quality food-based Vitamin C in my cupboard, like the one from Rainbow Light. 

2. Two Walks a Day

Even if I was feeling tired, freakish-looking, and lazy, I forced myself to take a shower, put on normal clothes and take TWO 15 – 30 minute walks every single day.  Dr. Li said that walking helps with lymph drainage after surgery, and that patients should start going for short walks the day after surgery – I take his word for it. I noticed that my swelling was usually at its daily peak in the morning, after a night of being immobile and horizontal. My swelling was at its most minimal after my walk. It’s also important to leave the couch and accompanying furry friends, if you have them, and get out to breathe and exercise.

3. Ice like you just ran a marathon

I ran a marathon in 2003, one of the hardest and most rewarding accomplishments of my life. After the race, I took an ice bath, as recommended by some huge runner’s bible I’d bought. Though it was excruciating, I had no absolutely no muscle soreness after the marathon and was ready to run again in only a few days. After jaw surgery, I iced for 30 minute increments, off and on all day long, for the first 3 to 4 days. I often noticed an immediate swelling reduction after icing, so I know it paid off.

4. Stay very well hydrated

Water can help to flush out excess bloating and swelling. It can be tough to drink anything when you’re dealing with jaw surgery, but it’s critically important and well worth the extra work.

5. Try Traumeel and arnica

Traumeel Gel is an arnica cream that’s a fantastic recovery aid for any type of injury or trauma, as the name suggests. I applied Traumeel to my face several times a day, for the first 7 days after jaw surgery. Traumeel, and Arnica Montana pellets, addresses the swelling and also bruising. Bruising is common with jaw surgery, but I actually experienced zero unsightly bruising.

Is it worth it to take extra measures to reduce swelling and pain faster? I think so. You might have read on other sites, or heard from your surgeon, that the swelling can sometimes take 4 months to go away. 4 months!! I remember thinking, heck no, that’s not gonna be me, especially for the visible, external swelling. I was ready to get back to my normal life, and did not really feel like waiting 4 months. I believed it was possible to do better than this, and now I know it’s possible — using myself as my own guinea pig.

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  • Katherine November 23, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for this post, Susan and you now have me googling like a mad woman :) I find the herbal options for anti-inflamatories particularly interesting given I’m allergic to all NSAIDS (ibuprophen, aspirin and any versions of the same) and am always on the lookout for alternative options.

    …and like anyone’s going to argue that your results aren’t absolutely amazing :)

  • Holly November 23, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    okay, you’re just showing off now… your latest photo looks like… a head shot! hahahaha

    Well, I’m going to have to start using some of your techniques because my face is still quite balloonish. Better late than never!

  • susanfsu November 23, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Holly – My secret is that I have a photographer as a boyfriend, and he can’t let an ugly picture go public. I guess that’s a good thing if I ever decide to be a Hollywood star or politician!

    Kate – In some ways, it’s your fortune to be allergic to NSAIDS. They’re not so great for you anyway, even if they do relieve pain or swelling, because then your body just has to deal with the drugs instead of the pain and swelling!

    The turmeric / bromelain combo has been incredible – and I’ve talked to others who use it for chronically inflamed muscles and joints with great success. The trick is to take a HUGE dose (like, 4X) – it won’t hurt you, and you’ll need it if you just had major trauma like jaw surgery.

  • Holly November 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Hey Susan,
    Just got home from the health food store and now I have these turneric/bromelain pills and I have no idea how many to take…

    each capsule contains 300mg turmeric, 150 mg bromelain… the bottle says I should take 1-2 at mealtime… what do you think Dr. Su? =)

  • susanfsu November 24, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Hi Holly –

    So, I think if you take them at mealtime, the bromelain’s main action will be on the food you eat (namely, to help you digest it, because bromelain is a strong digestive enzyme). They prob. wrote that on the package because they thought most people would be taking the supplement to help their digestion.

    Not us jaw folk!

    Both the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine and the Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements (two books written by one of the founders of Bastyr University – the most well-known naturopathic training institute in the U.S.) say that you should take turmeric and bromelain BETWEEN MEALS.

    I think you got the same pills as me. Mine are at least the same dosage (just double checked my bottle). I was taking 12 of them a day for the first 7 to 10 days, between meals as much as possible, but I’m a snacker so it was not exact.

    By the book, the suggestion is to take 250 – 750 mg TWICE DAILY between meals. Since I love overdoing things, I went with the max – meaning 1000 to 1500 a day. I didn’t experience any problems with that level.

    PS – Both references also say that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, was “as effective as cortisone or the potent anti-inflammatory drug phenylbutazone in animal studies…without toxicity…or side effects” and “has also demonstrated beneficial effects in human studies.”

    Try it for four days or a week and let me know how it goes! Maybe you’ll be extra flexible as a bonus :)

  • Holski November 24, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Thanks Susan!

    I will make sure to take them between meals… I will let you know how it goes. =)

  • Bethanie December 30, 2008 at 5:32 am

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just had upper and lower jaw surgery on December 10, and I’ve been swollen for almost three weeks. I was so fed up with looking like a cartoon, and so happy when I found your site! I just bought Bromelain, Turmeric, and Quercetin, and took the dosage you said that you took, and within an hour, my facial swelling was going down!
    I definitely agree that these three together help reduce swelling, and I am so happy to be looking like a normal-ish person again. :)
    Thanks so much!!!

  • fliiiiiiss January 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Would just like to say, congrats on your op etc, looks brilliant! & also, thanks for all these posts! I’ve not started any of this yet, having a brace soon I think – not looking forward to it! So, what was the worst part of the whole thing??

  • Lily January 31, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experience and excellent recommendations with us all Susan.

    I’m 3 1/2 weeks post-surgery (upper and lower) and am getting ready to try the Bromelin and Tumeric but one question- how did you get these pills down. I still can’t open my mouth enough to pop pills in so was thinking of grinding them up and adding them to smoothies, etc…

    Do you have any advice? Thanks!!

  • Amber February 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Hi! Its me again lol i have a question im taking this antibiotic called ic clindamycin hcl 300 mg capsgre it has a light capsle with the medicine inside and since im wired shut i have to open the casple and mix the powder in some water and drink it bt the stuff taste so bad tht i almost vommited twice and i dnt want to risk cuttin my wires off. So i was wondering am i able to take it anally instead of orally

  • Aimee February 21, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I was all excited to get all the products you mention here and then I saw this on another blog:

    There was a lot of pre-op info as well, such as to stop taking all vitamin and herbal formulations 14 days pre-op, as well as aspirin, ibuprofen, Celebrex, vitamin E, and vitamin K. There was a long list of herbal/homeopathic preparations that are known to increase the risk of bleeding, including arnica flower, bromelain, onion and garlic. Interesting. I will save arnica and bromelain for post-op but clear with my OS when I can start taking it. I have to start taking an over-the-counter iron supplement one month before surgery.

  • Sarah Weynand March 8, 2009 at 4:02 am

    Hi Susan. I just had jaw surgery that required removing a whole section of my lower left jaw. The swelling is horrendous (the surgery was over at about 11:00 AM yesterday; it is now almost 10:00 PM). I make John McCain look normal. Anyway, I purchased the 3 supplements that you recommended, only Whole Foods didn’t have them in the same combination that you got. How much of each pill do you think I should take? I got turmeric in 300 mg by itself and quercetin 500 mg/bromelain 150 mg together. I weigh about 91 lbs. Thanks!

  • susanfsu March 8, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Hi Sarah,

    According to my Encyclopedia of Natural Supplements (mentioned in another post also, you can try a search on this site), up to 1500 to 2000 mg of quercetin and bromelain (separately) is no problem.

    You know, the thing is that there’s no harm in going a little extra – this is not vitamin A we’re talking about, or prescription drugs, or even over-the-counter meds. I would not be afraid to take 1500 mg of each of those, and if your quercetin and bromelain are combined in that 2:1 ratio, I’d aim for 2000 of quercetin, with the corresponding amount of bromelain.

    You might also consider ordering some bromelain separately from – I found that supplements on Amazon are way cheaper than at Whole Foods, they’ll usually arrive in less than a week, and they have a huge selection.

    Just think, you can let time improve your jowly look whereas good ole’ Johnny Mac has to deal with his for the rest of his life!

    All my best to you!

  • Sarah Weynand March 8, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the quick reply, Susan! I just took 2 of the bromelain/quercetin pills. I will take another dose of the same size one more time today. I’m still not sure how many of the 300 mg turmeric pills to take, though, so I just took one so far this morning. How many do you think I should take?

  • susanfsu March 9, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Hi Sarah,

    I had 300 mg doses of turmeric too, and I took 6 of those a day.

    It really helped the swelling, and also kept my joints limber as I sat around the house doing nothing all day long.

    Turmeric is extremely mild… just ask any Indian person who eats it in cuisine several times a day!

    It’s great for your joints, and is taken therapeutically to heal stiffness and increase flexibility.

    Good luck!

  • Sarah W March 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks again, Susan! I just had breakfast, so I’ll take the supplements in an hour or so to try to maximize their effect.

  • JimTC April 8, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    It happen to me last 2 week after a deadly car accident. I had surgery on my nose and my jaw! Now is half week after the surgery. My face is like a big bump balloon. so fat and ugly. Thanks for this great tip it really helps. But I wanted to know which supplement should I take? You list few of them but i dont know which one to choose. I’m taking vitamin c right now too. Thanks!

  • Faith Quesada May 6, 2009 at 5:01 am

    I find this site very useful. Thanks Su. My name is Faith and I just had partial left mandibulectomy and partial right maxillectomy, which had to be done to excise benign tumors that were agressively growing.

    I am glad that I did not encounter any pre-op or post-op complications (knock on wood – I am on now on my 8th day post-op), and all I have is this crazy, yes, mask-like face and swollen face. My lips are so dry that they are peeling – of course, anything put on it makes it worst and makes the skin go off. I have a metal palate plate in place as well as titanium metals in replacement of tossed out jaw parts… I can swallow pills now (Thank God!) Anyway, I’m glad I saw your site – I will try the supplements starting tomorrow.

    Once again, thanks for this and I also will put up a website soon to help other people with their jaw surgeries. I will keep in touch and let you know about my swelling problems…. using your advice.



  • Victoria May 10, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    How is everyone getting pills down? I just got my surgery (upper and lower) on Thursday and am banded tight in the front, so opening my mouth is near impossible. Any tips would be great!

  • Nuno May 20, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Hello Susan!
    I’m very happy to find out your blog.
    It is very positive and useful!
    My name’s Nuno and I’m from Portugal, a small European country in the southwest. I’ll just beginning to orthodontics treatment and I’ve a class III maloccusion.
    You are great and you’ll be my example!

    Many thanks

  • Raj May 24, 2009 at 2:55 am

    Hi Susan, been really inspired by your blog, so much so, it have decided to create one too. Thanks for all the advise, i am having my operation next Sat, which is manidbular advancement of about 8mm, and maxilla impaction of about 3mm, i have purchased the traumeel, bromlain and arnica! So shall def give it a go and hope it works, esp as i am getting married in 10 weeks post surgery… Fingers Crossed it all works!!

  • terese August 12, 2009 at 9:11 am

    how soon after surgery can you start this and does it conflict with antibiotics and codeine and tylenol?

  • jen October 24, 2009 at 4:52 am

    hi everyone
    i had jaw surgery on monday :(i had my lower jaw moved bk 6mm and my upper moved forward 4mm, and im puffed up like a upside down hammer head shark!i cnt swollow any pills at the moment so any other tips to reduce the swelling? im goign to try the walking one, but im only 21 so as vain as it sounds i really want it to go down asap! also im completly numb up to my eyes :( any tips to help the feeling come back as quick as possible? thanks!! xxxxxx

  • rajas December 1, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Hi susan… my daughter had upper n lower jaw surgery abt 8 days ago. She is feeling miserable and teary suddenly and says that she has tingling sensations running up her face. It upsets her and she keeps twitching her lips. Also the bleeding from one of her nostril has not stopped. I am going to get her some of the supplements you recommended for her swelling but meantime any advice for her?

  • susanfsu December 2, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I’m sorry to hear your daughter is having a tough time! If there’s continual bleeding, please check with your surgeon. Otherwise, I found that the regular, short walks and the water was also very helpful toward clearing out swelling and addressing psychological misery (especially getting out of the house!).

    Let me know how it goes.


  • Ciara December 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Victoria: I am currently banded to the limit after my double jaw surgery 6days ago! I had the very same problem on day one, you should be able to find a gap somewhere along your teeth where you can wriggle your medication in! Thats also how I’m eating at the moment, straw stuck in the little gap and slowly inhale my dinner!! Best of luck with it all!!

    Ciara x

  • Gloria December 2, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Hi Susan! I just stumbled across your site – it’s great! Thanks for all the tips! I am having my surgery on Dec. 16. ’09 and getting really nervous about it (3-piece Le Fort I, sagittal split osteo, and maybe geno). I suppose to do it in NJ, USA but due to insurance issues I am doing in my home country (Croatia)…. Anyway, I heard about bromelain/quercetin/arnica and I am very happy to hear it worked so well for you! I will follow your tips on bigger doze :)
    Thanks for all the info

  • margie December 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hi my name is margie and I just got lower and upper jaw surgery done last Tuesday. Yeah…greaat holidays, huh? But anyhow, I’m going to the health and food store to try out the products you mentioned. Wish me luck.

  • Amanda December 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Question: I just got all of these supplements today (crossing my fingers!) and I was wondering how far apart I should take them, or if I take them together without losing the qualities. For example, the turmeric and bromelain can be taken as one pill 3-4 times a day (each) can I take one of the tur. and bro. at the same time? or should i separate them?

  • Ali January 13, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Hi Susan! I had upper and lower jaw surgery to correct misalignment on Dec 9, 2009. At 5 weeks, I’m very unsatisfied with my current look. I’m still swollen, and my nose has gotten wider and flatter. Did you still experience nose widening a month post surgery? I took the herbal meds as you suggested-bromelain, tumeric and quercetin for about a week. Not much has changed! I’m hoping to have your magical result, as I’m Asian as well. My swelling wasn’t too terrible to begin with, now it just won’t go down any further. Sorry I guess I’m just here to vent. But one week away from eating solid food! Woohoo!

  • molly January 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Hi Susan,

    I had my jaw surgery 7 months ago, but in November I had to go in to take the plate out on my left side due to an infection. It’s been a little over 2 months now and I’m still swollen. Thinking about taking some of the supplements you recommended, but not sure if it’ll do any good since it’s been over 2 months since my second surgery??? Help!

  • molly January 14, 2010 at 1:42 am


    Don’t worry about your nose, it’ll go back to normal after the swelling goes away. My nose was wide, flat, and piggish looking for 3 months. It’s back to normal now.

  • Leo January 20, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Hi Susan,

    Like most of the people posting on your blog, I had the upper and lower jaw realigned and is dealing with the swell. However, it is the beginning of the 8th week post op for me and although most of the swelling went away, i notice the left side of my face, right under my cheek bone is still swollen and it is rather noticeable when i smile and what makes it even worst is it is only the LEFT side. I am just writing because i was wondering if you ever experience any one sided swell or any of the people that posted here experience any of it. My doctor told me it takes a while, in cases of plastic surgery, the surgeon suggest 9 months for the swelling to go down, but this is not plastic surgery. Anyway, thanks for your help and you look great.

  • Cameron Rogers May 19, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    ibuprofen is definitely the best OTC painkiller for me. It helps me a lot to deal with my muscular pain..;:

  • Sam July 22, 2010 at 6:10 am

    My son is 2 days post upper and jaw surgery – swelling not too bad but he has been told today that he needs another surgery next Tuesday, as bite isn’t quite right. Apparently it was ok just post op but a few hours later surgeon sd. not quite right. Has anyone else had this problem post op. I am very concerned.

  • Bosco July 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    I fear that I too will have to be getting a second surgery. My bite was fine after surgery but now, a week later, my lower jaw has inched itself back a little. I’m very unhappy everything. :(

    Also, can anyone feel the screws and plates? Is it normal to feel them? When I touch the sides of my cheek or under my jaw, I can feel the plates in place primarily because they’re bulging out of place! They make me look extra swollen. Is this normal?

  • Susan July 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Yikes, no, you should not be able to feel your screws and plates!

    Please communicate directly and plainly with your surgeon and orthodontist as soon as you can, and best wishes to you!


  • Girlinthecity August 14, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Susan, thank you so much for sharing this valuable information with everyone. I may have missed this, but can you explain what you did to prepare for surgery as far as supplements and nutrition? Also, do you know of any natural remedies to prevent and get rid of scar tissue? Thank you again!

  • Sush August 20, 2010 at 1:57 am


    I had a neck-lift surgery 5 days ago and look awful with a swollen face. I am advised to take garlic supplement. Is this good?

    Please advise.


  • J. Spencer August 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Susan: Thanks for the helpful tips on supplements for jaw swelling! My 15 yr. old daughter just had her 2nd jaw surgery yesterday. The previous one was 10 weeks ago, when they installed a titanium distractor device, which we used to extend her upper jaw 13 cm. The results are simply amazing.

    But, this 2nd operation (to remove a portion of the titanium distractor device) was in some ways worse than the first – perhaps because it came during the first week of school! Or perhaps because it’s the 2nd round of surgery, pain, swelling, recovery. Anyway, her face is heavily swollen today on day two of recovery, so we were lucky to find your blog on Google.

    The really great part is that I work for a supplements company, and we sell a product that contains 3 of the ingredients you mentioned (i.e. Vitamin C, Bromelain and Quercetin). The product is called “Aller-DMG”. We also sell another product called “Phenocane” that contains Curcumin (turmeric) and other natural ingredients for pain/inflammation.

    Ironically, I would not have thought of using these products for her jaw swelling without your help – so thanks much, as the ice packs weren’t doing the trick today, and her face was swelling up like a small pumpkin.

    At least, her surgery is over and done, she looks fabulous. and the boys are now flirting with her now, for the first time really.

    You can read about Aller-DMG here:

    ..and Phenocane is found here:


  • C. Miotto August 31, 2010 at 5:39 am


    My son is going to start his senior year in high school next week. He had his upper and lower jaw advancement surgery a month ago today. He is getting depressed because he is still swollen. His swelling has gone done much from the surgery but seemed to have stalled. He is asked by some if he had his wisdom teetch taken out. How long before he should be at least 90% back to normal as far as the swelling?

    At this point, what kinds of foods were you eating? He gets his upper splint out next week and we are hoping that helps with the drooling and eating issues.

    Thank you.

  • nassim September 3, 2010 at 4:50 am

    Hi susan
    thanks for recommendation. i have jaw surgery 1months ago and still i have swelling. i will try these ways and hope to decrease them.

  • Christopher Mills September 9, 2010 at 8:25 am

    ibuprofen is one of the best pain killers with few side effects:~-

  • Minty September 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Susan
    Had facial surgery 10 days ago and have had two titanium plates put in my cheekbone. Still swollen but have been taking arnica tablets and using arnica cream so it has reduced a little. My problem is that I cannot take anti inflammatory medication as I have had an ulcer so I wondered if it would be ok to use quercetin, bromelain and turmeric ?

    Any help would be appreciated – Many thanks.

  • anil September 17, 2010 at 7:51 am

    hi,i had a partial mandibulectomy to remove tumour 4 möths before.still now i cant open mouth properly.what to do?

  • Ruby Williams September 28, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Hi, I had the tri maxillofacial operation which is top jaw bottom jaw and chin, and I had this 5 weeks ago. I am still very swollen and am missing a great deal of school (I’m only 17) and it is really getting me down as the reason I had the op in the first place was to make me feel better about myself, yet I feel worse than before. I’ve been told to move my jaw from side to side to reduce swelling but can you give me any other tips? I’m really at a loose end to be honest and am in need of some advice. Also, what are those tablets you mentioned before called? Many thanks, Ruby xx

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  • Gina October 25, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Hi Susan, i was wondering are you from Toronto Ontario and did you have your surgery in Ontario? If that is the Case then may i know who your surgeon is because i really need to redo my jaw surgery and i’m also from T.O.

  • Christine November 9, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    heyyy i’m getting this too!

    my bottom moved backwards and upper moved forward.

    my ortho says I will be ready by spring break (which is 2 weeks) but I was wondering if the swelling would be too bad to go back to school (im in hs). so I would get the surgery, recover for 2 weeks, then go back to school.

    basically I was wondering if I should do this over the summer instead?

  • April Houweling November 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Hey, i had lower and upper jaw surgery almost two weeks ago on November 9. I am pretty swollen and a bit of bruising and my mom wants me to go back to school this week and I am definitely not looking forward to it! I just found his website so I am going to start doing your suggestions just wondering if you recommend anything! I sure hope this helps!

  • Natalie December 27, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Hey, I had jaw surgery on October 29, 2010. I’m just shy of 2 months post op but the right side of my face hasn’t healed as much as my left side. My right side still hurts a lot and i can’t chew any food with it. It’s really annoying. Anyone else have this problem? I had upper and lower jaw surgery and I can feel all the metal retaining wires and screws in my face. I have two on either side of my nose right up under my eyes and I have two on the top of my upper jaw going towards my ears on either sides of my nose and i have one on both sides of my cheeks about one inch from my chin. The surgeon said that over time that the swelling in these areas would go down.

    Christine, I would suggest you wait at least 3 weeks if not 4 before going back to school. I was on a liquid diet for 4 weeks and if I had to have gone to school I wouldn’t have been able too. Again, it depends on how YOU feel and how well your eating.

  • KAY January 22, 2011 at 8:03 am

    How long after surgery did they remove the splint? Also when were you able to speak normally? I am 10 days post-op. I had my first follow up appointment yesterday and they had already removed the splint and left me with two elastics that i can remove when I eat. My concern is I am finding it very difficult to talk. my swelling has gone down a lot in the first week but I do have numbness spread out but especially my lower lips and lower chin. could that have something to do with me not being able to speak properly?

  • cincin January 27, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Dear Susan

    THank you for your sharing about reducing swelling after jaw surgery, you are so kind, your way really helps a lot to me.
    I had cheekbone reduction and jaw surgery on 22 Dec 2010 with Dr Kim Byung Gun.
    I was so desperately because until day 26, my face still swollen very bad, i look so strange, people wondering happend with me.

    then i found your blog, and i directly buy all the medicines that you drink.
    In 5 days, my face started to look better, a lot !
    Even i still look a bit chubby, but my face not look strange, still can be acceptable as gaining a little bit weight.

    For people who reads my comment, please do what susan suggest above, it really really works
    1. I drank 2000 mg of Bromelain per day
    2. 2000 mg of quercentrin per day
    3. 1000 mg vitamin C per day
    4. Tumeric 1800 mg per day
    5. i gave 1 hour interval for each medicine
    6. Sleep in sitting position > really help reduce the swelling.
    7. Take a lot of walk, at least 1-2 hours per day
    8. Use compressive garment when you sleep or when you are at home, it really help to reduce the swelling especially when you wake up in the morning
    9. On day 32, I add chinese medicine, called Pien Tze Huang, it quite expensive, 1 box contains of 3 gram (around USD 30 dollars), i drank 3 gram per day (@1 gram per drink) > really work fast to reduce swelling, you can see a lot of difference everyday

    now, i am on my day 36, i look ok, still look a bit chubby, my friend tought i gain a bit weight, but i still do all the way from above

    well, good luck friends, hope your body will work faster by doing all of that


    thank you Susan, you are our savior

  • Jen January 29, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Hey Susan,

    I had jaw surgery almost 4 weeks ago and my face is still very swollen. My teeth are banded in the front so it’s basically impossible for me to take any pills. What can I do to make this swelling go away as quick as possible!

    Help :(

  • ricky January 30, 2011 at 5:05 am


    i got assaulted last week and i sustained three cheek bone fractures and i am worried about surgery as i never had any kind of plates inserted in my body. does it feel weird or abnormal after operation? whats your experience with that? thanks


  • chrissy February 1, 2011 at 12:05 am

    i am two months post op and i hate the results. he made me face too wide ( i used to be long and matched my figure) Could it just be the swelling… How different does your face look at 3 or 4 months compared to two motnhs?

  • Susan February 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Ricky,

    So sorry to hear that. That is terrible. Nothing felt weird afterward, and I don’t feel the plates at all. I think that is the usual experience with those, but your case is a bit different than mine, so definitely check with your doctor.

    Hope you get better very soon.


  • SKA February 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Thanks a million for sharing your very helpful suggestions and advice.
    I will try it for my surgery on Monday!

  • Deb February 28, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Hi, I had 2 wisdom teeth taken out, 5mm cut away from my top jaw cos I had such a big gummy smile and my bottom jaw broken and bought forward about 11mm. It’s great to find other people who have been thru similar operations and are pretty happy with the results. It’s only been 5 days since I had the op done so I still don’t know if the op has done everything I hoped for yet. Fingers crossed!!!, it’s strange how the bone doesn’t really ache, it’s more the swelling,tightness and mangled flesh in your mouth that hurts so much. I just want the swelling to go and get the stupid braces off and be normal again. It’ll all be worth it I’m sure. Deb

  • Che April 22, 2011 at 6:39 am

    Wow, Susan.

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple of years. I didn’t realize you are still actively involved in responding to comments. Awesome!

    I had jaw surgery (upper/lower/genio) in July 2009. It didn’t go as planned so I will have to go through it again (upper jaw only) in July of this year. I’m hoping that following a homeopathic routine such as yours will aid in a quicker healing process.

    By the way, your blog is AWESOME. I have one as well at, if readers are interested in following the blog of a “two-timer” such as myself.

    Thanks for your great details and support of others as they go through the journey.

  • April 25, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I had surgery on March 23rd. First week and a 1/2, I was out of it. Now four weeks later, my chin looks crooked and 2 weeks ago, I developed extreme cotton mouth, to the point, I live on Biotene. I asked doctor about salivary gland blockage and he said that he sees saliva but apparently, i had a friend look and I have no saliva in front of mouth, teeth are bone dry and tongue tip looks and feels burned. Has anyone experienced this and do you have any suggestions? Dawn

  • Cindy April 27, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Hi Susan,

    I have this problem and deciding to have this operation. My first appointment would be in June this year. I just find this website and the information helps. But the pictures are missing. Hope to see the pictures as well.
    I am really confused, as I have a very flat nose and underbite, I think my face would change a lot and so…


  • Susan May 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for the nice comment, CeCe! I’m sorry to hear you’ll be doing a second surgery, but the really good news is that you now have multiple months to prepare. Going into surgery with a ‘clean slate’ — and optimal systemic health — will work even better than the homeopathics :)

    Please keep me updated!


  • shabana May 15, 2011 at 3:20 am

    hi susan, i have had a top and bottom jaw surgery 1 weeks ago and my left side is really swollen, is there anything that help it go down?? plus am goin to go back to work in 3 weeks time and dnt want to be swollen.

  • Jesika June 3, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I just had upper jaw surgery June first and Im in alot of pain. Mostly headaches n everything i try to do to reduce swelling doesnt work. I jus keep getting bigger. It was pretty hard to swallow anything but i finally got the hang of that. Is their anything yu wuld recomend to me to make my recovery alot easier and pain free?

  • lulu June 30, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you so much for the posts. I had dental surgery, no, not as major as having jaw surgery, but by the second day I thought the DDS had implanted a cantaloupe into my face. I called the DDS’ office and they told me this was normal. No, this is not normal for me. I wasn’t as bothered about the looks of me as I was concerned about the pain. I am allergic to to narcotics, so no painkillers for me. I looked here and found all the tips, followed them, and, though I am still swollen, my face looks near normal and the pain has minimized. I was unable to get the Traumeel nut used the Boiron brand Arnica in its place and massaged. I appreciate the recommendation to walk because I thought about staying home until I felt better, which might have been a full two weeks, I also thought that if I walked the swelling would increase. I am so glad I walked, it really helped not only my face but my disposition, too. Thank you so much. Feel better everyone.

  • Demetric July 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Hey thanks alot susan I just recently had upper jaw operation and the annouying swelling is just hanging around. So today I went out and bought all the MEDS you recoomended I hope it works for me. my questions are how much of each drug did you take and how often for each. Thank you by the way you have such a beautiful smile I hope I turn with one like that

  • Rey Perez July 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I just had my surgery on June 29th. Swelling appears to be getting better & I’m also starting to feel tingling… I’m guessing this is where the nerves were damanged. I only had upper surgery done, But I do feel that the more I sleep, the better the healing process becomes.

  • Nat July 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    Hi Guys,

    I had surgery on May 27th and I am still swollen-more so on my left side :( My biggest concern now is that my right nostril flares out more than my left. Has anyone experienced this and will it go away?


  • cathy July 27, 2011 at 9:51 am

    I had both upper & lower jaw enhancement, also chin reconstruction, 4-28-11. I still have LOTS of internal swelling also external swelling. I’m desperate to find some relief of this swelling. I’ve used ice,heat,exercize. I’ve been on a 5 day dose of prednisone, I worked great (on prednisone due to ear fluid backup as a result of swelling) Please anyone knowing a solution to my problem email me THANKS IN ADVANCE:):)

  • diana August 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I had face lift/facial lipo 5 weeks ago. Had lots of swelling that required draining with needles. Now still have swelling in cheeks. what would you recommend?

  • karen August 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I just had upper jaw surgery, how long after your surgery were u still icing? Eh I absolutely hate how fat my face is, and I also have a black and blue eye, if u could please email me and help me. Thank u

  • Leandro September 25, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Hi Susan. I had surgery 9 days ago and (Upper jaw) and I’m still pretty swollen. Do you think is normal or something is wrong with that? I thought that the process would be faster, but the swelling is still here.

  • Louise November 19, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Hi all, I had jaw surgery twice last year, in June 2010 on my upper and lower jaw to correct an overbite, gummy smile and recessive bottom jaw. Then in August 2010 I had to have my bottom jaw operated on again, as it hadn’t moved enough forward… Then on 15th November 2011 I had genioplasty (chin surgery) to bring my chin forward to finish off my procedure. I am really sore, bruised and swelled at the moment, so i can’t see how it looks but I’m excited for the swelling to go down… I’ve been through a lot of pain and discomfort but it is all worthnit in the end. X

  • Bose December 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I’m on 35th day of post broken jaw(mandible) surgery. I still have quite a bit of swelling left. The surgeon said it will take 2 months before the face looks symmetric again but I believe it will take more time. I can feel one bony structure at the site of surgery. According to the doctor bony structure is part of healing and it will go away on its own! I do not have any feeling in right chin, lower right lip and right gum.
    Link to my current pic:

  • Lydia January 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Hey I had jaw surgery top and bottom with lipo and chin work and widening of my top jaw this wAs almost seven months ago n the right side of my face right beside my nose is still swollen will it go away. Help plz I’m scared I’m only 18 and I don’t even look like the same person

  • Fran February 3, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Hey guys, I’m 18 and currently 8 days post surgery. I got my lower jaw moved forward and my wisdom teeth removed. The surgery did not hurt nearly as much as I thought. My swelling has gone down almost back to normal and I found that constant ice and using arnica ointment really helped accelerated the process. Chin and lip numbness is almost guaranteed but I have already got feeling back in 3/4 of my lower lip. I find the most uncomfortable thing to be is the tightness/full mouth feeling. I feel like I’m chewing my cheeks! Also removing the drains after surgery was unpleasant.
    As for the results, I was never too fussed about my overbite but had to rt the surgery to remove my braces. But I did not realise until I brought it forward how far back it actually was and how much nicer the alignment of my teeth look now. It has changed the look of my face but it’s not a bad change it’s just you have to get used to the new you!
    If you are looking at getting it done you have to mentally prepare yourself for the challenge ahead, I’m already going crazy from being banded shut and not going out and talking and eating! But don’t let people scare you away with the pain, it isn’t that bad!

  • Alison Angelo February 7, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Hi Susan!

    Thank you for your awesome website! I am going through all the steps for jaw surgery here in San Francisco and was wonderng if I could send you an email directly? Where can your email address be found on your wesite?

    Many thanks!

  • matt October 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    it takes a while for the swelling to go down. sleep sitting up with ice helps a lot. and lots of walks, keep circulation going. But it is a long process. I’m 4 months post op and still have a little bit of swelling left.

    you two week post op ppl, it gets better. just be healthy and keep your head up (both literally and figuratively 😉 and you will get better over time. it’s really not too bad

  • Margo February 24, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Dear Susan, I am almost 5 months post op double corrective surgery and still experiencing residual swelling and stiffness. Is there anything I can do at this point to speed things up? I am in my fiftys so do you think that could be a factor? Thanks!

  • megan walker March 26, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Hi Susan!

    Thank you so much fro all this information. I am a 17yr old girl that is getting jaw surgery on April 3rd. I don’t know what to suspect, I’m very scared!.. How bad does it hurt? How long will it take the swelling to go down? etc?… Please reply back cause I’m desperate…

    Megan :)

  • Nandi February 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    I had upper and lower jaw surgery 14 days ago. Wish I had visited this site before op as the only way I was advised to treat the swelling was those ice packs. I must say when I apply them as frequently as every hour I am awake the swelling has gone down tremendously. I’m now going to get those vitamins & enzymes Ure advising Su. Pain is not an issue at all for me except when I brush my teeth. I just use a children’s tiny tooth brush. Unfortunately I have bruises on my cheeks for 3 days now. Could it be over exposure to the ice packs which I apply directly tomy puffy cheeks? Will they go away soon? I can’t go to work looking like this!

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