Plastic Surgery Recovery – What to Expect

Doctors have broken down the recovery period into three phases to help monitor the progress of recuperation:


Phase 1: Day 1-10 post-operation

You may feel cold or nauseated immediately after waking up. This is normal within the recovery process. Light pain or discomfort is also normal and can be remedied using oral prescriptions. The pain should subside after two days. Severe pain is rare and when it happens, you should immediately consult your doctor. Expect bruising and swelling together with some slight drainage in some instances. You may be placed under a compression garment, wear this as directed. To help in the healing process as well as to reduce swelling, stand straight and lie down on a decline, not flat. Walk often to boost blood circulation and prevent the formation of blood clots.

Phase 2: 10-30 Days

Going into your second week after the operation, its not uncommon to feel swollen. Some patients report strange sensations such as burning, tingling, tightness and numbness. These are all normal. The swelling at this point should have well dissipated as things start to improve.

Going into the third and fourth week, real recovery takes place. You should be able to put on your make up at this point or even wash your hair. Refrain from strenuous activities such as bending or heavy lifting. Dont go swimming, water skiing or diving. Until this point, it is also essential that you avoid drugs such as aspirin or any anti-inflammatory medication.

Phase 3: 30 days to beyond

The amount of time it takes for you to get back to a normal routine after an operation is two weeks but the time it will take for all the swelling, bruising and changes to resolve permanently is a year. Use good sense and follow your plastic surgeon’s directions religiously throughout.

Common Needs for Eyelift Surgery

Am I a Candidate for Eyelift Surgery

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Considering eyelift surgery?  The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin tissue on your face. This is a primary reason why people start to show their age directly around their eyes. Wrinkled folds of excess skin on your eyelids, bags under your eyes, puffy and tired looking eyes are common problems and they can impair your vision. Sun damage can makes this worse.  Thankfully, these conditions are correctable with an eyelift surgery.

The Procedure

Eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty is performed every year by over 100,000 women and men in the US, to improve how they look and see. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin, as well as the pockets of fat from both the upper and lower lids to make you look fresher, younger and see more clearly. It is important to note that eyelid surgery does not lift sagging brows or remove wrinkles or dark circles from under your eyes. It is for that reason that the procedure is often combined with other surgeries such as brow lifts and dermal fillers.

What Can Affect Your Eyelift Surgery

Eyelift surgery procedures are not for everyone. They should only be done to individuals over the age of 18, with persons of good physical and mental health. Other factors that will affect your surgery include: age, ethnic background, skin type and degree of vision obstruction. Though the procedure is very minor, there are a number of potential eyelid surgery risks patients should consider. Existing medical conditions can lead to complications, they can include thyroid problems such as Graves disease and hypothyroidism, dry eye, high blood pressure or other circulatory disorders and diabetes.

Before the procedure, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may be having including allergies. Also include information on the types of vitamins and medications you are taking.  Lastly the condition of your eyesight and whether you wear glasses or contact lenses should also be discussed.

Eyelift Surgery and Producers – Charleston SC

To learn more about the non-invasive and non-ablative anti-aging procedures available to Charleston residents, visit our aesthetic services page. We offer many non surgical options to keep our patients looking as young as they feel! Contact O’Neill Plastic Surgery online or call us at (843) 881-2130 to make your appointment.

What You Need to Know About Botox

The Growing Trend of Botox


Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure performed in the US. Every year, approximately six million botox procedures are performed and over the years, the numbers seem to be growing. Before deciding to have a shot of Botox, it is imperative that you understand as much about the procedure as possible.

Botox – An Injectable

Botox is the brand name for a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is injected into the face and neck muscles to treat wrinkles, temporarily erase horizontal lines on the forehead, crow’s feet and vertical frown lines. It also softens smoker’s lines along the mouth, lifts the sagging edges of the mouth and softens vertical neck cords. The treatment does this by blocking signals from nerves to the muscles so that the facial muscles that contract hundreds of times a day are slowed down completely, effectively ridding your face of fine lines.

Minimal Discomfort is Endured

Botox injections are not painful and in a lot of cases, only a small discomfort will be felt. However, if you’re terrified of needles, most doctors can give you anesthesia before the procedure or ice to numb the discomfort. Botox takes time to kick in. The disappearance of fine lines can be seen in a few days and in two weeks, the complete results will be visible. It’s therefore advised to have your shot taken two weeks before your big event.  You’re also advised to avoid alcohol, aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs a week or two before the procedure to prevent bruising.  A single shot of Botox can last from 4 to 6 months. Both men and women are using and benefiting from Botox

Botox Treatments Charleston SC

To learn more about the non-invasive and non-ablative anti-aging procedures available to Charleston residents, visit our aesthetic services page. We offer many non surgical options to keep our patients looking as young as they feel! Contact O’Neill Plastic Surgery online or call us at (843) 881-2130 to make your appointment.