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.
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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