How To Massage Lower Eyelid After Blepharoplasty?

Deciding to have lower blepharoplasty is the first step to help you achieve a refreshed and renewed appearance. Taking the proper steps to care for your eyes after surgery is crucial to a good recovery and great results. Droopy, sagging skin beneath the eyes is an undesirable side effect of aging. From genetics to chronic lack of sleep, whatever the cause of the dark circles, wrinkles, or baggy skin under your eyes, lower blepharoplasty Raleigh, NC, may be the solution to your problem. 

What Is Lower Blepharoplasty?

Lower blepharoplasty involves removing fat and tissue from the skin below the eyes. “Bags” or droopy, dark skin can form for many reasons but are primarily a sign of age. Often performed together, lower and upper blepharoplasty can decrease lines and wrinkles and lift sagging skin from above and below the eyes.

To begin this procedure, your surgeon will make an incision that follows the crease of your lower eyelid. Your surgeon will remove excess muscle, fat, and skin before closing the incision with sutures. These will be removed at your first follow-up appointment, usually a week after your procedure. A list of post-surgery instructions will help you through at-home care for your eyes. 

Massaging The Lower Eyelid After Blepharoplasty

Most doctors recommend massaging your lower eyelid after lower blepharoplasty Raleigh, NC, because it promotes healing. It can also help decrease your risks of complication and diminish the appearance of the incision scarring over time. Your surgeon may recommend massaging your eyelids as soon as the day after surgery or advise you to wait as long as two weeks before beginning massages. When your surgeon advises, start massaging your lower eyelids.

  • Start slowly and infrequently, no more than once a day for a week, depending on swelling and discomfort. If you are experiencing these, try massaging every other day to ease into the routine.  
  • Clean your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes. 
  • With extremely gentle pressure, move your index finger or thumb in small, clockwise circles. 
  • Begin with the skin surrounding your incisions before moving over them. Keep these massages between 5-10 minutes in length.
  • Gradually increase the frequency to two or three times a day by the end of week four.
  • As you increase the frequency, you may increase the duration. By the fifth week, you can massage your lower eyelid for 10-15 minutes up to five times daily.
  • Continue massaging your eyelids as long as your surgeon recommends.
  • Ensure you strictly adhere to your surgeon’s care instructions during this time, including cleaning the incisions and applying any ointments or creams.

Lower Blepharoplasty Raleigh, NC

While it is a big decision to undergo any procedure, the bigger decision may be which surgeon and facility you choose. At the Jindal Institute for Youthful Aging, you can feel certain that you are in great hands. Dr. Sumeet Jindal is an accomplished oculofacial cosmetic surgeon. With his experience and knowledge of medical and cosmetic eye procedures, there is no better guide to see you through your aesthetic journey.

Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Sumeet Jindal
Dr. Jindal is a board certified surgeon who offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services in Raleigh, North Carolina.