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Recovering from eyelid surgery in our New York surgical facility

Blepharoplasty Treatments from Dr. Edmund Kwan

Men and women affected by the effects of time and age may find that their eyes are no longer as bright and vibrant as they once were. This is often due to the loosening of skin and muscle around the eye, which then allows small fatty deposits beneath the skin to become highly visible. Some people experience such drooping that their vision becomes impaired. Droopy eyelids, as well as under-eye bags, can be treated successfully with blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery.

Eyelid surgery may be performed on the upper lids, the lower lids, or both in the same procedure. Dr. Kwan determines the best treatment plan during an in-depth consultation in which you are able to discuss your areas of concern, as well as your overall desired outcome. Regardless of the exactness of the procedure, incisions could be closed with tiny sutures, tape, or, in some cases, be left to heal naturally. If sutures are used to close incisions, they will dissolve over a few days time, so you will not have to visit your doctor for removal.

Most of the time, eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure, performed under anesthesia in our New York facility. As the effects of medication wears off, patients are able to leave our surgical facility with a responsible driver to begin their at-home recovery.

Tips for reduced swelling and reach optimal healing following eyelid surgery

Swelling is a normal byproduct of most types of surgery. Because the eyes are a highly visible area, it is understandable that you would want to do all that you can to minimize swelling following eyelid surgery. Some of the ways in which swelling can be minimized include:

  • Keep eyes covered as directed by your surgeon, resting as much as possible the day of your procedure.
  • When sleeping, keep the head in an elevated position.
  • In the first 48 hours after surgery, apply ice packs or cold compresses as needed.
  • Use eye drops as prescribed by your doctor to keep eyes from feeling dry. This will help you to avoid the excessive blinking that could increase swelling.
  • Avoid the consumption of alcoholic beverages or high-sodium foods.
  • Do not wear contacts for the first few days after surgery. Glasses may be worn instead.
  • Avoid long periods of time reading, or at the computer.
  • Wear adequate eye protection in the form of sunglasses to promote healing.
  • Avoid sun exposure.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for approximately one month.
  • Listen to your body! Extra rest as needed is necessary for optimal recovery.

Returning to work following eyelid surgery

The main issue with returning to work is not pain, but aesthetics. The eyes may look slightly bruised for a week or two following eyelid surgery. Most people arrange to take at least a week to ten days away from normal obligations and work activities, allowing their skin to return to a bright, healthy appearance. Because no makeup should be worn for at least a week following blepharoplasty, there is no way to mask the appearance of bruising during this first week of recovery.

Dr. Edmund Kwan has more than eighteen years experience in the field of cosmetic surgery. Revive your appearance in the most natural way. Contact our office in Manhattan, New Jersey, or Flushing for your consultation.

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    Dr. Kwan is by far the most talented surgeon I have EVER crossed paths with. I came to Dr. Kwan after an under eye fat transplant, performed 'by another' plastic surgeon, which deformed my face. It was only until I was under Dr.Kwan's care that the deformity was corrected. Dr. Kwan literally gave me back my beauty. This was a priceless feeling. That was about 4 years ago, I can assure you ever since- Dr. Kwan is the ONLY plastic surgeon I trust my face and body to. I look forward to my body contouring procedure coming up in a few weeks!! :)
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    The staff treated me very kindly, with respect and genuine smiles. Dr Kwan is a real professional in my opinion. He took the time to listen to my story, addressed my concerns and took his time to walk me through the process and give me his opinion and explanation on his recommendation. I had my surgery in his practice and we went over everything again before I met up with the anesthesiologist, who was equally as nice and professional as everyone else at his practice. We started counting bikes ... and after bike #6 I fell a sleep. When I woke up, he was there to tell me I did great and before I knew it I was in a taxi cab back home with my best friend who came to pick me up. So I don't know if this is typical, but I had no pain whatsoever after the surgery. . I am very very happy with the results. Dr Kwan did an amazing job and I couldn't be more pleased.
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    I was involved in an automobile accident last May, 2013. The outcome from the emergency room left me with 5 stitches on the bridge of my nose, and the tip of my nose was missing due to the severe impact of the accident. I called and scheduled an appointment to visit Dr. Kwan so he could assess my nose. Upon arriving to the office, I was immediately impressed with the facility, service, and professionalism of his staff. Dr. Kwan met with me and examined my nose and in detail, he explained the approach he would take in order to get my nose like brand new again.On the day of my surgery, I was met by Dr Kwan, who performed the surgery, himself. His Anesthesiologist was very informative and professional as well. The outcome of Phase 1 was a success. In addition to that, the staff even called my medication into the pharmacy that way it would be ready as soon as I left the office. My nose is 98% back to normal, I now look forward to Phase 2 to be completed. After that procedure is done I am positive my nose will look absolutely perfect and I will be back to my confident self again. Thanks Dr Kwan and Staff.
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    I have had several surgeries with Dr Kwan, and would recommend him highly. Liposuction of abdomen and love handles came out smooth. Upper eyelids look younger and refreshed, and the Basal Cell Cancer he cut out of my nose is not even visible, despite the fact that it was right along the rim of my left nostril.
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    I have been using Dr Kwan for over 10 years now. I have had many different procedures and all of them have turned out great. One of the breast augmentations had a crimp in the left breast and he had no problem going in to revise it to assure my satisfaction. I have always liked the way he answers each of my concerns and we go over everything for each procedure I've done several times to assure we are on the same page :) Take a list of any questions or concerns and I guarantee you will love your results no matter what procedure he is doing for you! .
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