Are There Any Exercises That Can Improve Upper Eyelid Muscle Tone and Result in Lifting Them?

Are There Any Exercises That Can Improve Upper Eylid Muscle Tone and Result in Lifting Them?

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No. There are no exercises that will improve muscle tone. "Eyelid lift" is a layman's term that doesn't really tell you the exact problem that needs to be addressed. If you post photos, we might be able to tell you if you would benefit from removing some skin vs raising the eyelid, or possibly both.

If you decide to explore this further, I would recommend consultation with an ASOPRS trained Oculoplastics surgeon. You can find one close to you on the ASOPRS dot org website.

Seattle Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Botox Eyelid Lift

For the upper lids, actually you want to weaken the downward force of the muscle to lift the brow, not strengthen it. Botox in the crows feet area just below the brow will gently lift the lateral brow and lift a bit of the hooding on the side of your eye. This lasts about 3-4 months. Make sure you go to an expert injector associated with a Plastic Surgeon, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dermatologist, or Ophthalmologist skilled in injections.

Although blepharoplasty surgery is the only treatment that is long lasting there are a few things you can do that are of temporary help. Make sure you have an exam to make sure that you do not have weak eye muscles, ptosis, as your cause by an exam by a board certified specialist.

Lower lids: Ceramide creams for the lower lids which in minutes as they dry the clear membrane tightens the lower lid skin minimizing bags and wrinkles. This lasts from 4-8 hrs and can be reapplied as needed. Radiofrequency, laser and peels tighten the skin with minimal downtime. Fillers for fat transfer #lipoinjection, to the lower lid to fill in the cheek-lid depression that casts shadows also helps many.



Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Not muscle

When the upper eyelids start to droop, it’s not a muscle that causes this — it’s your skin. As you age your skin gets less elastic and starts to droop. This is particularly prominent around the eyes, where your skin is the most delicate. As a result, there are no exercises that you can do to help correct sagging eyelids.

If you’re considering a treatment but don’t want surgery, Botox/Dypost, fillers and laser resurfacing may help.

Leila Kasrai, MD, FRCSC
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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If only...

Sadly, there is no exercise program that you could perform to give a softer, cleaner appearance to your eyelids. The appearance can be improved with an eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) and could possibly require a procedure on the muscle, depending on the etiology of the droopiness. These procedures should be performed by an aesthetic surgeon with specific training in the eyes. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons can aid with locating a qualified surgeon in your area, who could evaluate you and work with you to determine appropriate treatment for you.

Shannon O'Brien, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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Improve and Lift Upper Eyelids with Surgery

With over 15 years experience as an Oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, I can tell you there aren't any exercises that will tone the muscles in your upper eyelid. Droopy eyelids can be corrected with eyelift surgery, in some cases eyelid ptosis surgery. However, a proper consolation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon will help you determine what is the appropriate treatment for lifting your eyes.

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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No Exercise to improve upper eyelid tone.

unfortunately there are no exercises that can do anything to improve eyelid muscle tone. If you have droopy eyelids, you need to be examined and possibly need surgery. Check for qualified surgeons close to you.

Kami K. Parsa, MD
Beverly Hills Physician
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Great question!

Unfortunately, exercising the upper eyelid muscle will not strengthen the muscle in a meaningful way.  For this reason droopy eyelids need to have surgery to correct the situation.  The American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery maintains a geographic directory on its website that will help you find a well qualified surgeon in your area.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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