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How can I make an Asian eyelid surgery heal fast? Are there any ointments i can use or other steps i can take to keep recovery as short as possible? The surgeons i've talked to said complete recovery can be as long as six weeks! i'd like to shorten that.

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Asian blepharoplasty

Follow your surgeon's pre and postop instructions to optimize your healing.
Otherwise, it is tincture of time.

In brief: Asian blepharoplasty

Follow your surgeon's pre and postop instructions to optimize your healing.
Otherwise, it is tincture of time.
Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Dr. Michael Edwards
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Other

Other than carefully following your plastic surgeon's post-procedure instructions, not too much.

In brief: Other

Other than carefully following your plastic surgeon's post-procedure instructions, not too much.
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Full

Full recovery actually takes longer, but that does not necessarily mean you will look like you are still recovering for months.
Recovery length depends on a combination of surgical technique, your body's healing and a little luck. There are several treatments that can be done before, during and after surgery to speed your outward recovery, but these need to be done in conjunction with your chosen surgeon. Too many surgeons can spoil your results.

In brief: Full

Full recovery actually takes longer, but that does not necessarily mean you will look like you are still recovering for months.
Recovery length depends on a combination of surgical technique, your body's healing and a little luck. There are several treatments that can be done before, during and after surgery to speed your outward recovery, but these need to be done in conjunction with your chosen surgeon. Too many surgeons can spoil your results.
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Dr. David Mobley
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: The

The short answer is "no, there is not much you can do".
Actually i think your surgeon is being slightly optimistic with his estimate. Because of the additional manipulation required for this procedure to create the eyelid fold, i would estimate approximately 2 months of healing time to see a 90% reduction in swelling. Some things you can do that will help: 1. Follow your doctors instructions for application of ice or cold compresses to the letter. Also sleep with your head at least 30 degrees above horizontal for 3 weeks 2. Use arnica montana and bromelain (or eat pineapple) to reduce swelling and bruising. Both can be obtained from your health food store. 3. Ask your physician about avoiding absorbable sutures, if possible, which create more inflammation. Overall, i would consider 6 - 8 weeks a worthwhile investment in time and plan for it.

In brief: The

The short answer is "no, there is not much you can do".
Actually i think your surgeon is being slightly optimistic with his estimate. Because of the additional manipulation required for this procedure to create the eyelid fold, i would estimate approximately 2 months of healing time to see a 90% reduction in swelling. Some things you can do that will help: 1. Follow your doctors instructions for application of ice or cold compresses to the letter. Also sleep with your head at least 30 degrees above horizontal for 3 weeks 2. Use arnica montana and bromelain (or eat pineapple) to reduce swelling and bruising. Both can be obtained from your health food store. 3. Ask your physician about avoiding absorbable sutures, if possible, which create more inflammation. Overall, i would consider 6 - 8 weeks a worthwhile investment in time and plan for it.
Dr. David Mobley
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Dr. Marcus Peterson
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: The

The question about recovery is hard to answer. Most of your recovery that you see will be the first two weeks, but there is still more recovery.
The full maturing of the scar takes about one year. The surgical site will take about three months to completely soften. After six weeks you pretty much don't notice any more changes and the scar has good strength. So i would say your surgeon has given you a pretty good answer. Best wishes dr. Peterson.

In brief: The

The question about recovery is hard to answer. Most of your recovery that you see will be the first two weeks, but there is still more recovery.
The full maturing of the scar takes about one year. The surgical site will take about three months to completely soften. After six weeks you pretty much don't notice any more changes and the scar has good strength. So i would say your surgeon has given you a pretty good answer. Best wishes dr. Peterson.
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