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Swimming, goggles and cheek/neck lift

Swimming, goggles and cheek/neck lift

Postby sammii » Tue Jul 17, 2007 7:39 am

Hi Everyone,
I am a dedicated swimmer, and wonder if any of you have worn goggles after getting a cheek and neck lift? I am planning a lower bleph, cheek lift and neck lift, and am worried that goggles could cause problems, as they press down on the under-eye area. Also, I am concerned about the neck turning as I do the crawl. I swim at least 60 laps when I swim, so this is all a major concern.

My doc said I could resume swimming after a few weeks, but I am still worried about the long-term results of goggles on this area, as well as the neck-turning, even after waiting a few weeks. I'd rather hear people's experiences than trust what a doc is telling me. Thanks.
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Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Tue Jul 17, 2007 8:55 am

I'm also a swimmer and those goggles DO LEAVE MARKS. They are basically SUCTION CUPS to the eye area. I would refrain from using goggles for at least 1 month. If I were you, I would ask your doctor when you can resume putting SUCTION CUPS on your eyes. That is the salient question. IF you can swim without them, well, ya, you could probably go back to swimming in a week or so. Use a kickboard and flippers but no goggles for about a month.
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Postby sammii » Tue Jul 17, 2007 9:59 am

Thanks so much for your reply. Glad to see you are a fellow swimmer! I just love it.

I plan not to swim for the first 8 weeks or so; I am more concerned about the long-term prospects. What do you think of goggle dents over time? Say, in 4 months, 8 months or 2 years, will goggles dislodge the work the doc did? Will the fat move or will the cheeks be displaced? Will dents be there at that point?

I'd rather not have the surgery, rather than give up swimming.
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Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:12 am

Goggles have done a number on my eyes over the years where I got the big grooves. I know when I got fat grafting and fillers for that, I hesitated to swim with goggles for a long time. I don't know if they dislodge the work though. They still dent up the area though.

Myself, I just get filler for fear of the goggles undoing something. Feel the same way as you do. All I can say is to 'grill' the doctor on the possible effects of the goggles as we BOTH could be letting our anxiety over this get in the way.

Maybe you could try a swim mask for a while and just do the breast stroke or work on kick board with head above water. For arm work, you could just stand in water and move with arms for arm work. The type of water work out one could do when one does not want to get head or face wet.
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Postby sammii » Tue Jul 17, 2007 10:37 am

Those are good ideas while I'm in recovery. Think I will grill the doc again about the long-term effects.

His office staff of course is pollyanishly positive when I call. I doubt they even think about the questions I am asking.

What filler do you use? Is your under-eye area very flat? Mine is, and I have a feeling it's from all the swimming/goggle-wearing I've done over the years.
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Postby MissJ521@aol.com » Tue Jul 17, 2007 6:55 pm

Hi, I bulked out my lower lids years ago with fat. Looked like big bags under the eyes and then had to get the cheeks bulked out to blend it in. The whole area is all scar tissue now. (Saw it on an X ray). Long story.
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swimming after face lift and bleph

Postby lucysmom » Wed Jul 18, 2007 6:48 am

I'm a swimmer too. after my FL and bleph I changed to doing lots of backstroke so I didn't need eye protection. Now, when i feel like doing breast stroke or freestyle, I use a swim mask, not googles. Bought mine through www.worldwideaquatics.com.

For sure, do not use googles for a long, long time after surgery. I'd give it several months.

enjoy!
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