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How to Fix Hooded Eyes: 5 Surgical & Nonsurgical Procedures to Try

As you grow older, your skin gradually loses its elasticity and begins drooping. Unfortunately, this sagging is most obvious on the face, especially in the areas around the eyes. It often looks like you have hooded eyes. If you are not satisfied with how your eyes look and want to achieve a more open and awake appearance, visit Millennial Plastic Surgery. With the best treatment options, Dr. David Shokrian can restore your looks and improve your overall appearance and quality of life without worrying about tired, aging eyes.

Excess skin folding down from the brow bone to the last line may be a sign that you have hooded eyes. It is a common condition that accompanies old age. The skin below the eyebrows overlaps the skin of the upper eyelid.

Hooded eyes are often confused with droopy eyes, but they are not the same. Droopy eyelids can affect an individual’s ability to keep their eyes open all the way, while hooded eyes are a normal heredity trait. As collagen production decrease, the skin around the eyes is one of the first areas that get affected by age, which leads to skin laxity. The constant use of eyelids with natural aging can make the forehead and eyebrows sag, causing hooded eyelids.


Hooded eyes are not a concerning matter and do not cause any complications, but they can worsen with age. Symptoms may appear mild initially but may continue to cause issues like impaired vision.

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What Causes Hooded Eyes?

Several factors can cause hooded eyes.
They include:

Heredity plays a significant role in facial features. It can also influence early signs of aging. As you age, your skin becomes loose around the forehead and temples, pushing down on the eyes to create sagging and excess skin.

While there is nothing to stop aging or change your genetic makeup, there are ways to treat your eyes and get rid of that excess skin that makes you look old.

How to Fix Hooded Eyes

If you are not comfortable with your hooded eyes or drooping eyelids and sagging skin, there are several cosmetic fixes to smooth out the wrinkled skin around your eyes. Treatment for hooded eyes typically focuses on the condition or the body change that is causing the trouble. There are surgical as well as non-surgical procedures you can try to give your drooping eyes a lift.
They include:

Brow Lift

Also called a forehead lift, a brow lift is an effective way to raise the tissues of the brow and forehead upward. This procedure opens up the area above the eyes and reduces the hooding or sagging. The plastic surgeon carefully lifts the brows to a natural-looking degree which resolves the hooded eyelids without affecting your natural appearance.

The surgeon performs the brow lift procedure using local anesthesia with sedation. Incisions are less than an inch long and placed behind the hairline, which ensures minimal scarring.

Upper Blepharoplasty

Upper blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery is usually combined with a brow lift to correct the droopiness above the eyes. Upper blepharoplasty incisions are hidden along natural creases in the eyelid, leaving little to no noticeable scarring.

During the procedure, the surgeon removes excess skin and fat above the eyes, repositions the fat, and subtly tightens the tissues to give you a more refreshed expression. It is essential to know that the natural aging process may still cause some hooding over the years, but as surgery results last for a long time, it can keep away hooded eyes. Remember, only removing excess skin or fat is not the treatment for laxity and bags under your eyes. This skin removal only treats part of the problem, and your NYC best-in-class plastic surgeon may recommend other procedures for the best results.

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BOTOX Brow Lift

Slightly hooded eyes can also be treated with Botox brow lift. Botox is also an effective way to lift the brow upward if you are not ready for surgery. The Botox injections work by relaxing the muscles around the eyes and between the brows, which lifts the eyebrows to a higher position. When placed strategically, Botox can lift and open up the eyes quite significantly, resulting in a brighter look to the eyes.

The good thing about Botox is that these injections are minimally invasive with minimal downtime. However, you may have to go for them again after some time as the results are not permanent.

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Dermal Fillers in Brows and Temples

For some patients, decreasing volume in the temples and brows is the reason behind their hooded eyes. The loss of structure around the eyes can lead to droopiness. Adding dermal fillers in brows and temples can help in this regard and give upper eye the lift it needs to smooth the area and lift the eyelids.

Dermal fillers are a good option for people who have had a brow or eyelid lift before and want to maintain their results over the years. Just like Botox, dermal filler injections are minimally invasive and involve little to no recovery time. Results usually last between 6 and 18 months.

Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin treatment can resolve skin laxity that is contributing to hooded eyes. Whether it is lost due to age or skin damage, laser skin resurfacing stimulates collagen production, which has a tightening and rejuvenating effect. It helps the area to heal in a smoother, more even appearance while removing the loose skin around the eyes for a non-surgical eye lift.

Recovery time with laser skin resurfacing varies, depending on the type and intensity of the treatment. Some people require multiple sessions to see desired results.

Surgical and nonsurgical ways to fix hooded eyes correct eyelid issues associated with aging by weakening muscles in the crow’s feet area around the eyes, giving you a more youthful look when you smile. Your surgeon may combine two options to fix your hooded eyes. As each option treats different problems, you may experience better overall benefits.

Visit Millennial Plastic Surgery if you are unhappy with the way your eyes or the nearby area is aging and want to learn more about surgical and nonsurgical methods of treating hooded eyes. Dr. David Shokrian evaluates and assesses your condition and discusses the best options to make you look and feel more like yourself. He helps correct the underlying causes of hooded eyelids most successfully to ensure you enjoy life as you want with a more youthful and confident appearance.

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Page Updated on Mar 19, 2024 by Dr. Shokrian (Plastic Surgeon) of Millennial Plastic Surgery

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