Jaw Surgery in Singapore - How Long is the Average Recovery Time?

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Just when we thought face reshaping couldn’t get more dramatic than nose and eye jobs, medical practitioners are here to prove us wrong. Jaw surgery in Singapore is touted to correct skeletal defects, help the bones align better and improve their work. What’s different today is that the procedure can be used for cosmetic purposes even if you have no structure irregularities. In fact, a lot of folks choose to go to established aesthetic clinics like TES Clinic in order to have this manipulation to get V-shaped faces and it’s become a sort of a fad now. The question is, how long does it take to recuperate and is it a good idea altogether? Allow us to shed more light on the matter.

Why is Jaw Surgery Carried Out?

They may be classified as corrective surgery, but orthognathic procedures are stepping ahead of thread lifts and fillers. “Ortho” is for to straighten and “gnathic” refers to the jaw. The reasons that so many people resort to this are different. Overall, the manipulation helps with the following problems:

  • Relieves the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Corrects facial asymmetry like crossbites, overbites, small chins, etc.
  • Prevents excessive wear and tear of teeth
  • Fixes issues with speech or swallowing
  • Improves chewing
  • Repairs birth defects
  • Corrects facial injury
  • Improves jaw closure or bite fit

Jaw Surgery before and after comparison

In the last few years, jaw surgery has flourished in Singapore and many Asian countries around. Although it is a radical manipulation, it is no longer performed to treat medical issues only. These days, doctors carry it out on people whose wish is to achieve a V-shaped face and this is because it creates phenomenal results.

Average Recovery Time of Jaw Surgery in Singapore

This type of surgery is a huge thing that throws you in the deep end. If you’ve had minor invasive procedures before, know that this one is nothing like it. They have to break and reposition your jaw to create the desired shape. Bones don’t heal overnight; this is why recovery is no walk in the park. It also varies significantly from person to person and is, at its most, based on one’s unique healing properties.

Another factor that plays a part is the complexity of the procedure. The bigger the area to be treated, the longer it will take for the bones to convalesce. The average recovery period is 12 weeks. This is just about the time you will be able to eat solid food, go back to the range of motion you once had, and begin to enjoy life again. For some, all this may be possible early on, while for others complications might develop and slow down the process.

Now, let’s see how each phase goes and what you can expect during healing.

Day of the surgery

  • Your face will be enveloped with ice packs and that may make you feel cold
  • Since you won’t be able to use your mouth as normal, you will have to drink and eat through a syringe
  • Talking will not be possible
  • You probably won’t get much sleep the first day
  • They will put a tube in your mouth to suck up your saliva because you will drool all the time
  • You will feel exhausted and weak
  • There will be pain around the affected site, your jaw will spasm every now and then
  • Blood will gather around in your throat, mouth and nose

Week one

During the first 72 hours, you will experience swelling which will reach a climax on the third day and begin to subside on the fifth. Around this time, your bowels will commence work again and you will restore feeling in some parts of your face. After the initial two to four day stay in the hospital, immediately following the procedyure, Dr Seah from TES Clinic says that a special liquid diet has to be strictly followed for a period of up to 2 weeks.

By the end of the first week, you will be able to speak in an understandable way because your mouth will open and close more readily than before. You will even be encouraged to start brushing your teeth.

Week two

  • You will begin to regain control over your lips
  • You won’t drool as much as you did the first days
  • You will notice that the swelling has vanished
  • You will now be able to sleep
  • Talking will become a breeze
  • You will finally be able to drink from a cup (expect some initial roadblocks, though)

Writing on calendar

One month after the surgery

By the end of the 4-week mark you will experience the following:

  • The elastics in your mouth will snap on the daily as your speaking is getting better
  • You will notice your energy is finally coming back
  • You will feel like spending time outdoors and socialising
  • You will restore the feeling in your cheeks and upper lip
  • Drooling will be over

Eight weeks post-op

You will feel much better. Eating with a small fork or spoon will become easier. Do take advantage of that. The more you move your jaw, the faster you will recoup your full range of motion. You should be able to lick your lips too. So far, you have been discouraged to blow your nose, but this is not the case anymore. On a side note, be gentle when engaging in such activities since you don’t want to crack a blood vessel.

3-month mark

Congratulations, you have completed 90 days of healing and your jaw should be fine by now. The range of motion in the targeted area must have resolved. And if you want to gain your strength back, you should work your muscles every chance you get. Practice whistling and eating solid food, even if that calls for engaging your tongue and palate a little bit more.

From this moment on, any changes that happen will be slow and insignificant. The outcome you are experiencing now will likely stay the same for the rest of your life, meaning there will be no more alterations in your appearance after six months following the operation.


The steps stated above are just to give you an idea of what jaw surgery recovery looks and feels like. Keep in mind that every journey is different. You may feel shooting pain or just discomfort. The swelling might not be a big deal or it might turn into a disaster. No one can tell whether your jaw will heal fully in 50 or 100 days, but what you can do is make sure your body is getting what it needs. This includes proper rest, adequate food, and no pushing. Give it some respect and don’t try to take part in activities you are not yet ready to perform.

Furthermore, listen to what the doctor is saying and follow their instructions religiously to ensure faster and safer recovery. Remember to let them know if you experience anything you are not supposed to. And finally, get checked regularly and don’t forget to take good care of yourself.

You can contact our expert source for this article, oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Seah for additional information or questions you might have, the contact information for his clinic is below.

TES Clinic for Face & Jaw

Address: 304 Orchard Road, Lucky Plaza Suites #05-42, Medical Specialists, Singapore 238863

Phone: +65 9735 9930