Is it unprofessional to come to work with a bruised face?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What is your job?

Post # 4
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Aquaria:  I wouldn’t be put off. I might be startled enough to inquire about your well being, if it’s severe enough, but that’s it. 🙂

Post # 5
778 posts
Busy bee

@Aquaria:  I think it would depend on your profession. 

Post # 6
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t really have an opinion on whether any bruising or swelling would be appropriate for work, but I think any swelling will be minimal after four days. I got all four of my wisdom teeth out at once three years ago, and I think I was fine appearance-wise after probably two days (maybe even the next day, even though I didn’t FEEL great the next day). But that might just be my experience.

Edit: I just realized you said it’s a pretty complicated surgery, so I’m guessing there are extenuating circumstances. In that case, my above info is probably no help 🙂 But really, if your employer is making you come to work knowing you have surgery, I think they’ll have to take what they can get.

Post # 7
8677 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Maybe you’ll be like my husband. He had two wisdoms taken out and he didn’t have any side effects at all. Not even pain and swelling.

I wouldn’t be phased by a bruised anyone at a workplace. I don’t ask.

Post # 8
3813 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Wisdom teeth recovery is different for everyone, but hopefully you will be fine by Thursday 🙂  I know for me it only took a day or two for the swelling to go down, same with a few other people I know.

You mentioned you have patients.  If you are in a doctoral or nursing profession, your patients may be a bit put off, but it really can’t be helped if you are being pulled in due to another coworker’s emergency  But hopefully you will be fine by Thursday!

Post # 9
19 posts
  • Wedding: April 2014

It really depends on where you work. 

However, you can reduce some of the brusing by sleeping sitting up I know this sounds a bit silly but it actually works I did this and two days later my friend came over and didn’t even realise I had gotten them out! and also ice them as much as possible 15 minutes on 45 minutes off. 

Post # 10
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m getting my wisdoms out in a few weeks. 

I say, as long as you are able to work, (not too drugged up, not in too much pain) and you’re not drooling or bleeding everywhere, go. 

If people ask, you have a good explanation, and most people will understand. 

Good luck! 

Post # 11
1729 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Walt Disney World

I had no bruising when I had 3 wisdom teeth taken out at one time.  Everyone heals differently though.  

Post # 12
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Without knowing what you do, it’s hard to say. For example, I work in a corporate environment and only interact with my colleagues in person. The rest of my business contacts (e.g. vendors) are via email/phone calls (mostly email). As such, since I feel pretty comfortable with my team, I would work, assuming no one is disturbed or grossed out by my appearance.

However, if I had to interface with the public and people who I don’t see regularly and know well, I probably wouldn’t if I really looked like the victim in a bar fight. People unfortunately make judgements without knowing the full story and they may not think to ask (or may feel uncomfortable asking) to get the real truth.

Post # 13
2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

As a patient I might be a bit surprised/curious, but I don’t think it’s unprofessional. Things happen. 

You might not even have visible bruising, I know a lot of people who didn’t. 

Post # 14
7039 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Aquaria:  It’s very unlikely that you will be slurring your words. If it’s like me you will have swollen cheeks, nothing more. I had dental surgery earlier this year and returned to work the next day with a swollen cheek. Even with something more major, the swelling will be mostly down by Thursday.

And even if there is a little swelling, so what? No, no one should be offended.

Post # 15
4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

After 4 days, there shouldn’t be really anything noticeable. I don’t know how complicated your surgery will be, but my cousin had 7 teeth removed in a pretty complicated surgery and he never bruised.

I just had all 4 of mine removed, and didn’t swell at all. Someone told me to eat pineapple, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, the night before and either it worked or I just didn’t swell. It’s worth a shot! 

Like other posters said, it depends on where you work, but I don’t think it’s unprofessional at all. 

Post # 16
995 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I think as long as you’re not dealing with customers, going to work with a bruised face is fine. Just be prepare for lots of questions.

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