What should I expect when recovering from a chin surgery? January 25, 2023 Patients often experience swelling and bruising around the treated area for the first seven to 10 days following their chin implant surgery. Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks may provide you with prescription medication that can help manage your pain. In addition to icing consistently for the first 48 hours following your procedure, Dr. Downey or Dr. Bullocks and their team will ask that you keep your head elevated when laying down for the first two weeks following your chin implant procedure. Patients are typically cleared to return to work and regular daily activities about one week after their chin implant surgery. While you will be able to see some results of your chin implant surgery immediately, ultimate results will appear once all incisions are healed and swelling subsides.