As we age, our eyelids may get droopy and uneven but I'd never consider having a double eyelid surgery to have it fixed especially when there are non - evasive procedures available. I know I'm not the only person having this kind of a problem and I'm not judging those who went and got one. It's just a personal preference.
Why not get a double eyelid surgery?
First, it will be expensive and second, I'm scared I may not be able to close my eyes in full or worse if the surgery didn't turnout well. Finding an eyelid tape is also easy in Asia, unlike in other countries, Here's picture to give you an idea how my eyelids look like after years of using an eyelid tape:
Oh yes, it did get worse. Before, my only problem was how droopy my eyelids look like and now, I have two creases on my left eye.
So what went wrong?
I followed Youtube tutorials. I used the most advisable size of the eyelid tape, the steps how to find my "desired crease area" and for how long to keep it on. If you're doing it now, stop it or, chances are, your eyelids will end up like mine.
What better advise can I give you?
1. Find the perfect shape and size.
There are different cuts and designs of eyelid tapes. Make sure to pick one that would complement your eye shape and has a depth which is not too big than your original eyelids and stick with it. You can change it gradually as your eyelid shape and crease area changes but don't go from a thick strip to a small one just because the thicker one is not available.
2. Don't use double sided tape.
I've seen some Youtubers use double sided tape on their videos. Step away from those DIY's because it will hurt and if you have sensitive skin, it may irritate your eyelids. You're better off cutting a strip of a gauze pad then top it with an eyelash glue for a temporary substitute. It will be obvious so you should probably just do it at home.
3. Tame your old crease.
Most of the tutorials I've watched tells you to "place the eyelid tape where you want your crease to be" and I followed that which resulted to another crease on top of the old one. So instead, place the eyelid tape where you're old crease was to keep it from folding. Base on the shape and size of your eyelid tape, it will naturally create a different fold.
4. It takes time.
Unlike what tutorials say, it will take you months or longer to get rid of your old crease. You would have to gradually train you eyelids to stop folding on areas where you don't want them to be before creating a new one. I also would not advice you to wear it 20 to 24 hours a day especially when you have sensitive skin. Regardless whether it's medical grade or a breathable mesh, you have to let your skin rest.
5. Do it religiously.
Include it as part of your daily routine. Personally, I only use the eyelid tape when I'm at home before going to bed except those days when I wake up with swollen eyes, Then I use a plastic mesh kind of eyelid tape because it's the least obvious.
Here's a pictures of my eyes after I stopped following those youtube videos and just focusing on my own eye shape. Honestly, I didn't think I would be able to fix it. It goes back to the old one whenever I forget to put on the tape the night before but at least it can be fixed overtime.