After Ptosis Surgery, how long I would need to recover before I began practicing my instrument (trumpet) again?
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As a rule, most surgeons will recommend waiting 2 weeks before restarting non-contact activities after eyelid surgery. This applies to your situation.
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Trumpet playing and ptosis surgery
You are right that trumpet playing does not seem strenuous. However, the simple act of generating force to play the instrument causes a localized increase in pressure. This pressure increase can cause blood clots to dislodge and cause postoperative bleeding. Conventional wisdom is that the fibrinous clots mature after about 5 to 7 days, but most plastic surgeons recommend 2 weeks. Also, coughing, nose blowing, vomiting, straining of any kind, and bending over all cause temporary increases in pressure that should be avoided.
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