Lifting the lid

Posted on July 21st, 2010 by LookinGood

I have maintained for years that there is a product, a process and a plastic surgery for EVERY grooming issue.  That’s what I refer to as the Three P’s of Vanity.  It really depends on how bad the problem is and how much money you want to spend. For instance:

Big nose:

  • Product:   Makeup and shadows that give the appearance of a slimmer schnozz.  Highlighter to the bridge of the nose, darker bronze to the sides.  Google “makeup to slim the nose” and you’ll get hundreds of methods.
  • Process:  Non-surgical nose job using injectables.  Botox can relax the pull on the widest part of the nose and fillers will smooth out the bumps.  For certain nose problems, it’s easy.
  • Plastic surgery:  Rhinoplasty, the most common of cosmetic surgeries, can give you that cute little button nose in a day’s time.  Bruises are gone in a week and you’re good to go.

Double chin:

  • Process:  The Neckline Slimmer.  A clever little device that helps you exercise your wattle away with three levels of resistance – none of which are easy (yes, I tried it, but it seemed too much like, well, exercise, so I gave it up.)

You see my point, right?  But one problem has stumped my theory, and that is the problem of drooping eyelids.  It seems to occur really quickly – like one night you drank too much and those hangover eyes just never went away.  No amount of eye shadow can cover them, no eye cream can firm them, no exercises can lift them.  Only Blepharoplasty will lift those lids to their original height.

Until now.  Introducing our newest discovery – Victoria McGill’s EyeDefining Contour Strips.

“EyeDefining contour strips temporarily reduce the effects of drooping upper eyelids by tucking and holding the loose skin of your eyelid into your natural crease” says the website.  It’s goofy, but remarkably simple.  It’s like lamination tape, basically – a stiff, formed piece of transparent tape that, when applied, pushes the excess skin into the natural crease of your eye and holds it there.  There’s a video on the website with instructions and dozens of before and after pictures of women whose eyes look 10 years younger.

As a temporary measure, it will work, but eyelid skin is extremely sensitive, so applying and removing tape – especially strong, hard, tape – is not a great idea, no matter how much moisturizer you use, as the product directions suggest.  Eyelid infection, or Blepharitis, is common, and often a real bitch to get rid of.  By the company’s own admission, the tape is difficult to apply.  “When applying the strips for the first time, please be patient. It may take 2 or 3 tries until you get the hang of it. When properly positioned you should not feel the strip after a blink or two.”

Removing the tape is the problem, of course.  If you’re not REALLY careful, you could damage skin that is already very, very thin.

This may be one of those times that only one “P” has the answer – plastic surgery.  Eye creams are generally intended for under the eye and any dermatologist will advise you to leave the tender skin above the eye alone. Because  if you think your eyelids are drooping now, imagine what they look like infected.

One Comment on “Lifting the lid”

  1. Dan Cohen, M.D.

    There are a number of innaccuracies in your report. First of all the strip is supple, not stiff. It also is not transparent, however it accepts makeup well so it is very discreet. It is simple to remove from the backing material and apply and it doesn’t push the skin, but instead holds the skin in its natural crease. The Company recommends patience when first trying the strip because they are new and placement adjustment can vary the results so learning where to place them for each person may take a couple of tries to obtain the best results.
    Most importantly if the instructions are followed – use moisturizer first before applying the strips – they won’t damage the sensitive skin of the eyelid upon removal. You are correct about one thing – they really do work!

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