Has anyone heard of "lower eyelid exercises" after blepharoplasty? Is this a legitimate post op procedure? (Photo)

Press your index finger along base of lashes and pull lower lid straight up as far as you can go. This exercise is to be performed one eye at a time, five times each eye and held for 30 seconds, every hour for 10 hours every day. This has been recommended 5 weeks after surgery, yet skin is very red and sore.

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Lower eyelid exercise after blepharoplasty?

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Incisions tend to contract as they initially heal. Stretching the lid up is often recommended for individuals with soft or weak lower lids during this period.

Lid push ups.

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The hope is that these will help or prevent lower eyelid retraction.  It in no way is intended to reduce eyelid swelling.  This helps.  It is important to understand that not every post operative eyelid should be massaged.  Massage can also so damage.  Your surgeon has recommended eyelid massage.  Carefully follow their directions.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Lower eyelid post-op massage

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Gentle upward massage of the lower eyelids after surgery may be used to prevent or treat tightness and retraction of the lower lids after surgery. Four to eight weeks after surgery, the lids may feel as though they are pulling down or "tight" - digital upward pressure prevents adhesions between the orbital rim and septum which could tether the lower lid. If you are experiencing soreness, then you could ask your surgeon if you can skip a few sessions. Best wishes!

Lower eyelid exercises after surgery

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Each doctor may have their own way of advising these exercises.  But yes, this is entirely proper and reasonable and will most likely help you in your postoperative course.  Good luck!

Lawrence Kass, MD
Saint Petersburg Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Reducing swelling and tightness after eyelid surgery

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Gentle eyelid massage is often used to reduce swelling and help relax the skin and deeper tissues to help you see your final result faster. 

I tell patients to wash their hands well and to use an eye cream to reduce friction. This helps minimize irritation from the massage. If your doctor says it is ok even with the redness, and you are not in pain, then it should be fine to continue. 

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