What is recovery like after Ptosis Surgery? At one level, the recovery after ptosis surgery
is related to the type of ptosis surgery as well as the medical status of the person who’s
recovering from the surgery. At another level, a person’s recovery can be affected by their
experience in the operating room as well as the recovery area. It has been my assertion
that the person’s experience during and immediately after surgery has an impact on
the short term recovery as well as the long term recovery period. The factors which I
have been successful in helping my patients recovery after surgery include: the anesthesia
method, the surgical team, the surgical technique and the post operative recovery process. In our practice, we help our patients recover
faster by performing the surgery under local anesthesia with LITE™ IV sedation. We rarely
use general anesthesia which is usually associated with longer recovery and in my experience,
is also associated with more bruising and swelling. In addition, we avoid any sedation
which can cause nausea and grogginess afterwards. In fact, we have developed our own customized
approach to sedation which can consistently results in our patients waking up fresh and
comfortable allowing them to go home soon after surgery. I’ve performed surgery at numerous hospitals
and surgery centers and had variable levels of assistance in those institutions. When
assistants and other medical personnel work with many different surgeons, it’s difficult
to perform any procedure smoothly and efficiently. Longer surgery times can have an impact on
recovery. Recognizing this as a challenge for my patients, I perform my procedures in
my own operating facilities which are accredited by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission
is the same organization that oversees hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. I can state
without any reservation that working with my own team in my own facilities has resulted
in our patients having a much better recovery experience. In my opinion, for optimal cosmetic and reconstructive
surgery, the surgeon should have: an intrinsically artistic eye, technical proficiency and a
lot of experience. During my consultations, I discuss that how I feel as a surgeon over
20 years of experience, I am able to handle many different situations in a way an experienced
pilot can handle different situations when flying a plane. Generally, a well executed
surgical procedure will typically result in a better recovery experience. Before I designed my own surgical facility,
I performed surgeries in hospitals and surgery centers where I was frustrated by my patient’s
experience in the recovery area. Unfortunately, I found that there was always a mismatch between
the number of patients in the recovery room and the number of people available to take
care of them. This resulted in delay in proper care for procedures such as eyelid surgery
where ice and cold compresses need to be applied as soon as possible. In addition, the patients
did not receive the one to one attentive care that I feel is appropriate for optimal recovery.
In my facilities, we have systems and people to attend to our patients immediately upon
the completion of surgery which has helped my patients recover faster. As far as the home recovery processes are
concerned, it is typical to have some swelling and some bruising particularly in the first
24-48 hours. We see this improve daily such that our patients are able to return to work
in 5 to 7 days after surgery. Some application of cover-up make-up and wearing tinted eyewear
can be helpful at that time. A significant part of the healing process occurs during
the first few months. Healing can go on for approximately one year after any type of surgery.