Can facial exercises lift my upper eyelids?

I know it's a long shot but I thought it's worth asking. Do facial exercises have ANY effect on lifting upper eyelids? I'd do anything to avoid getting surgery. It scares me too much, as you can probably imagine.


F, 41, New York

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Believe it or not, there are exercises that you can do in order to help strengthen your upper eyelids. You can start one of these exercise by just looking directly in the mirror at yourself. If you place your index finger below your eyebrow, keeping it curved a little bit, you can hold your eyebrows against the bone above your eyes. After that, close your eyelids and stretch your upper lids. This is a subtle movement but you need to repeat it five or six times to make sure they are all stretching and relaxing like the muscles are supposed to. You can do it as much as you’d like. You can also try the “eyebrow dance” and this is when you lift your eyebrows and close your eyes. You’ll have to close your eyes while the eyebrows are still lifted for it to count as a rep. I suggest doing ten reps at a time. When you close your eyes, try to avoid squeezing your face; just focus on the outer part of your eyebrow. You could also just gentle lift your eyelids upward and hold the position for at least six seconds and release them. It's worked for me! Hope this helps!

Well, I think it depends on how bad your eyelids are. If you have hooded eyelids like mine, then I don’t think any amount of facial exercise or moisturizer will help. With that being said, I have a friend who started doing regular facial workouts as part of her yoga routine, and she looks amazing! Along with the facial exercises, she started drinking lots of purified water and eating fresh fruit and vegetables. She also found out that she needed glasses, so her droopy lids may have been due to squinting. I don’t blame you for being scared of surgery. I was too but my vision was so bad that I had to have it, and it wasn’t so terrible. Now I look a lot better and my vision had improved. You could try facial exercises and see if it works for you.

My eyelids are just beginning to sag a little. I wanted to keep them from sagging even more, so I found some exercises that will help keep my eye areas firm and prevent droopy eyes. I felt like I wanted to share my experience with you, so you can keep your eyelids from drooping, too.

When I was a child, I was told not to squint, or I’d get wrinkles. Nowadays I’ve discovered an exercise I can do to keep my eyelid muscles firm. This exercise is called an eyelid squint. To perform this exercise, you put your fingers at the outer corner of your eyelids, and your inner fingers at the inner corners of the eyes. Next, look up and squint hard with your lower eyelids. Repeat this action 10 times.

Another excellent eyelid exercise helps both the forehead and upper eyelids look smoother is an eyebrow raise. Start by raising your eyebrows, and then close your eyes. Next, lower your eyebrows. You’ve just completed one rep of the exercise.