I was told to do facial exercises by my doc as well as the ANA in their facial nerve pamphlet.
I want to share the info I learned yesterday while visiting Jackie Diehls at the Facial Retraining center in Madison, Wisc. She advises NOT to do facial exercises during the first year post treatment AT ALL. Rather, wait for the nerves to regenerate, get assessed by a professional and then start the appropriate treatment.
I developed synkinesis 10 months post surgery and visited Jackie to find out how to get my facial "balance" back. My muscles are OVER working on the affected side. The good news is at rest, my face is very symmetrical. We are currently working on a 30 day stretching and self massage plan on the affected side of my face to loosen up the extremely tight muscles. We will then work on specific exercises for my face.
Please pass this info on to anyone interested.