BEFORE

AFTER

​ Training  - After learning to apply and shape the fTape to match the eyelids, you'll be training the ideal crease to get all day results.  Practising a regimen of eyelid exercises that includes Tracing,  Holding, Nudging, Looking-up, Squinting-no, and Rubbing-no, are just a few techniques known to give support to the eyelids when the crease becomes weak and thus shortening the length of time spent in this stage.

Duration of stage:  October 24, 2018 - March 4, 2019  (4 months, 9 days)

Summary
 

After consecutive immediate crease failures, Laura would take a break from using tapes, and upon using them again, good results would follow.   She noticed that on days her school/work life was stressful, the crease would also fail.  At the end of this 4-month stage, the ideal crease could handle crying although it became very fragile, whereas in the beginning it would fail.  When she learned to angle the tail end of the fTape to be higher, it created a micro crease that helped the ideal crease.  Her growing disciplined practice of not using the phone in the morning (looking up eyelid exercise), gave the ideal crease an opportunity to fold while the skin settled from normal morning swelling by the time afternoon came.  For a while, Laura used coconut oil to remove the adhesive residue.  Eventually she found the oil to be excessive, and later switched to Clinique's "Take the day off" Make Up Remover for Lids, Lashes, & Lips.

Insight

As Laura began getting consistent results, her ability improved in regards to shaping the tapes for a compatible fit, and applying them in the exact same spot.  However, this meant that in the beginning, while she was still getting used to using Opti-fold effectively, consecutive immediate crease failures happened.  These repeated failures only frustrated her which made it difficult to be cognizant of some critical details, thus the ideal crease didn't last too long.  Taking a break was a strategic move that allowed her to refocus with greater patience for details, such as experimenting how close or further away to apply the fTape and recalling which position worked best.  Elevated feelings of stress correlates with hormonal changes in the body (puffy eyelids) and non-favourable facial-eye expressions (squinting).  The combination of these two adverse conditions lead to the failing of her ideal crease whenever she felt emotionally drained.  As her tape application technique matured ─ which included lowering the nTape feet adequately enough to heighten the felt stimulation ─ her positive results became more consistent.

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Oct 24 - Nov 3  (11 days)

  • Eyelid skin gets swollen and almost pushes the ideal crease back up.

  • Uses mascara to outline ideal crease.

  • Entertains an idea of taking a 7 day break.

  • Decides against the break because she is determined to fix the eyelid.

  • Stimulated eyelid now shows impression of ideal crease.

  • 5 hours crease time.

  • Sunny days causes her to squint, weakening the crease.

  • The nudging exercise helps.

  • Gets the feeling that the ideal crease is getting stronger.

  • 15 hour crease time.

  • Crease is not failing for yet another day.

  • Crying fails the crease.

 
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Nov 5 - Nov 15  (11 days)

  • With continuous nudging exercise, crease doesn't fail.

  • Notices that after taking a break, good results happens.

  • Learns stress affects the crease.

  • The less stress she experiences, the less the crease fails.

  • 5 minute crease time.

  • Talks about her case of hypothyroid which causes eyes to bulge.

  • Realizes tape application errors could be from not using a table top mirror.

 
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Nov 29 - Dec 30  (2 days)

  • Takes a 1 week break from using Opti-fold due to class schedule.

  • Learns to use cotton wipes in the direction of inner corner to outer.

  • Crease going back and forth between failing and not.

  • Crease seems weaker suddenly.

  • Decides to cut down the fTape once again.

  • Crease lasts all day the next day after trimming fTape.

  • Next day bad sleep compromised the crease.

 
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Dec 31 - Feb 2  (34 days)

  • 15 minutes crease time.

  • 30 minute crease time.

  • Crease lasts all day, but then had bad sleep, so next day immediate failure.

  • Crease continues to fail immediately.

  • Eyelid Advisor notices the nTape legs are not lowered enough.

 
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Feb 3 - Feb 14  (12 days)

  • Experiments with a different Opti-fold prototype version.

  • Different prototype version seems to be not as good as original.

  • However, the different prototype perturbed the skin's old way of behaving.

  • Explanation of wrinkle-play.

  • Explanation of wrinkle-play in context to the eyelids.

  • For a while, the ideal crease only weakened from extreme stressors.

  • For Laura's case, interfering with the non-ideal crease was important.

  • There was no need to wear regular day tapes for a while.

  • Learns that having a micro-crease help.  (This is a case-by-case basis)

 
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Feb 23 - Mar 4  (10 days)

  • Ideal crease fails two days in a row while on vacation; very discouraging.

  • Laura is confident that leaving a gap is necessary when applying the fTape.

  • She suspects there was an uneven distribution of the folded skin causing the failure.

  • Skips out from using tapes, the crease stays.

  • Her suspicion was correct.  The skin sorts itself out and the crease lasts 4 days.

  • On the 5th day of no tapes, the crease finally fails.

  • Trials another prototype Opti-fold tape which material is more rigid.

  • Uses Opti-fold again and this time the crease lasts all day and through hot yoga, too.

 

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