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Hooded Eyelids

Unveiling the Hidden Truth About Hooded or Droopy Eyelids

Are you concerned about the appearance of hooded or droopy eyelids? Do you feel that this makes your eyes appear smaller, causing you to be more self-conscious? Well, you are not alone. Our eyes have always held a special place of prominence.  They are often being described as not only windows to the soul but also a defining feature that can dramatically enhance one’s overall appearance. We are aware that for many men and women the subtle and gradual descent of their eyelids into a hooded or droopy appearance can become a source of concern and even frustration. So, on this page, we will delve deeper into the world of hooded or droopy eyelids, exploring the causes, effects, and available solutions. Whether you’re seeking to regain a youthful appearance, improve your vision, or simply boost your self-confidence, understanding this common concern is the first step towards achieving your desired results.

What are Hooded or Droopy eyes?

The appearance of hooded or droopy eyelids is the result of the upper eyelids gradually losing their natural contour, which results in a sagging appearance. In particular, when the skin above the eye sags downwards, from the brow to the lash line, this creates a hood-like effect. It is typically caused by genetics (i.e. it is simply the shape of our eyes), but it will likely become more noticeable over time as skin naturally loosens due to the ageing process. In many cases, hooded eyelids are not merely an aesthetic concern, as the excess skin can often obscure a significant portion of the eyelid. The heavyness can affect the  eyesight and cause headaches in addition to the familiar tired or aged look.

The causes of hooded or droopy eyelids can be varied, and include

1. Age: As mentioned above, the natural ageing process leads to a gradual loss of skin elasticity, affecting the eyelids’ firmness and appearance.

2. Genetics: A family history of eyelid drooping can increase the likelihood of inheriting this trait.

3. Medical Conditions: Certain medical conditions or neuromuscular disorders can weaken the muscles responsible for eyelid elevation.

4. Injury or Trauma: Eyelid trauma or injury can damage the muscles, tendons, or nerves that control eyelid movement.


What are the Effects of Hooded or Droopy Eyelids

With many individuals, the consequences of hooded or droopy eyelids extend beyond cosmetic concerns and can include complaints about

Visual Impairment: Severe cases can obstruct the visual field, leading to impaired eyesight.

Fatigue and Discomfort: Constantly straining to lift heavy eyelids can result in eye fatigue and discomfort.

Reduced Self-Confidence: The change in appearance caused by hooded eyelids can impact self-esteem and body image.


What Solutions are there for Hooded or Droopy Eyelids?

Fortunately, modern aesthetics and medical advancements offer effective solutions for addressing hooded or droopy eyelids. These solutions include:

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty): A surgical procedure that removes excess skin, fat, or muscle to restore a more youthful, refreshed appearance to the eyelids.

Non-Surgical Options: Minimally invasive treatments like Botox injections can temporarily lift droopy eyelids by relaxing the underlying muscles.

Medical Evaluation: Seeking a consultation with a medical professional is crucial for identifying underlying medical conditions that may contribute to eyelid drooping.

Make-up techniques can help cover and soften the appearance.


What treatments are there for hooded eyes?

Most persons with hooded eyes do not require medical attention. Some people, though, could believe that their eyes make them appear older and more exhausted than normal, and they might want to change how they look.

Make-up techniques can help cover and soften the appearance, However, this is temporary and vanishes when makeup is removed. The cosmetic methods, on the other hand, can lift the area, open up the eyes and make someone look more awake.


Non-surgical treatments include:

  • Botox injections: These injections raise the eyebrow just a little bit by going into the outer border of the brow. However, if improperly placed injections interfere with the nerves that govern the brow muscles, they may make the brows droop even more, according to the 2021 article.
  • Dermal fillers: These are injections that plump the skin and reduce wrinkles. They can help tighten the skin around the eyes and raise the brow.
  • Laser therapy: By removing the top layers of skin, this procedure minimises wrinkles.
  • Radiofrequency treatments: These penetrate the skin and surrounding soft tissue with an electromagnetic current. They assist in lifting the brows and tightening the skin.
  • Thread lifts: A technique wherein short-term stitches or sutures pull the eyebrows back into position. However, the ASPS advises that due to the sutures often only lifting the eyebrows by a few millimetres, this procedure is better suited for those with mild to moderate hooding.

    Our pledge to you

    As with any concern, at Vie Aesthetics, you will ALWAYS first be treated to a no-obligation consultation. Your concerns will be listened to, your situation will be analysed, and your options discussed.

    Our medical team and skin aestheticians work in unison, ensuring that treatment plans are tailored especially for YOU. Our unique collaborative approach means we often combine treatments, helping you to achieve optimal results in the shortest possible time. We also advise on home aftercare regimens so that you can enjoy your results for longer.

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    Please note that results vary from person to person due to lifestyle, external and internal factors, and genetic predispositions.

    Vie Aesthetics Clinics

    95 Gray’s Inn Rd,
    WC1X 8TX


    Harley Street

    2 Harley Street,
    W1G 9PA, UK


    78 London Hill Road,
    SS6 7HP




    Marktgasse 5,
    71332 Waiblingen,


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