Are upper eyelid lift strips worth the money?

I can't decided if I should go with noninvasive upper eyelid lift strips or just go with surgery. I've seen a few vloggers that tried the eyelid strips and not all of them looked great. Do these tapes help with the hooded eyelids? Will people notice my little trick? Also, I don't want to spend 2 months in front of the mirror trying to make the strips work.


F, 41, New York

Tags:woman age 35-44 upper eyelids hooding skin droopy eyelids non surgical

I went through the same sort of turmoil that you are going through about eyelid lift tapes and I can tell you how they went. I spent a lot of money on those dumb strips since I was too afraid to go to a doctor to talk about plastic surgery. There’s me, standing in front of a mirror getting frustrated as I tried to use the tape. It never looked right, so I finally went to a doctor. I found a great surgeon who didn’t make me feel silly for trying to tape my eyes up. In the end, I’m really glad I got the surgery.

I recently tried upper eyelid strips. If you’ve never used them before, they work to push excess skin on your upper eyelids back on the eye socket. This push makes your eyelids look like you’ve recently had an eyelift without the surgery and downtime. I wanted to look younger in a hurry, and get rid of my naturally droopy eyelids. My class reunion was only a few weeks away, so there wasn't enough time for a surgical eye lift.

Most of the ingredients used in the strips are relatively common ones used in many cosmetics, so I wasn’t afraid of being allergic to them. I was careful to remove all the adhesive after I removed the strips so that it wouldn’t irritate my delicate eyelid skin. These eyelift strips lasted for 12 hours. They were also pretty easy to apply. I found eyelid strips to be very comfortable to wear and looked great at for the whole evening of my class reunion.

Using eyelid tape is something that requires skills that I don't have. To get the most authentic look, you'll need to avoid peeling off and readjusting the strip of tape. Every time I'd restick the tape it would be more obvious. I even tried using tweezers to adjust the tape and get it right, but it was still tricky. It isn't painful, but it is annoying. I found it uncomfortable to wear too. Plus, doing my makeup with the tape in place only made the tape more visible. I thought that it would mask it but it really didn't. There were a few times that I felt confident wearing tape, but I usually felt very self-conscious and worried that it'd peel off or something.

I also tried Botox injections for a nonsurgical browlift. Botox did open my eyes and treat the frown lines between my brows. My cosmetic surgeon gave me an option of using Restylane to fill in the area below my eyebrow and to provide support to my upper eyelid. These options did provide me with reasonable satisfaction, but I needed permanent answers. I decided to go ahead with eyelift surgery and am very happy with my results. I recommend that you skip the eyelid strips altogether and consider Botox or Restylane.

If I were you, I would just go for the surgery. It seems like the surgery would just save you a lot of the hassle. If you have a busy lifestyle, I agree, I wouldn’t want to spend all my time in front of a mirror trying to make the strips work. I think you should just go and get the upper eyelid surgery so that you look the way that you want and you won't have to worry about anything.

I know that upper eyelid lift strips are all the rage right now for the people that want to skip surgery. I'll be honest with you though, I did not see any lasting results even after using them for an extended period of time. I followed all of the tricks and moved them and did all these other things but honestly, I still don't like the way that my upper eyelids look. They kindof made my eyes look good while I was wearing the tape but even that, not really that good.

Not only that but it took me forever to get them placed properly and it was really annoying. I am not sure if it's only me or if they are hard to put on. Maybe I was doing it wrong... I don't know. If you're not too scared and you have the money I would really suggest that you go with the surgery.