Causes and Solutions for Hooded Eyelids

The eyes play a significant role in the overall facial appearance. Hooded eyelids, a common occurrence, can affect the way your eyes look and can sometimes impact your vision.

In this blog, Sydney Plastic Surgeon Dr Jake Lim will discuss hooded eyelids, exploring what they are, the causes behind them, and the effective solutions available to correct them.

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Understanding Hooded Eyelids

To understand this type of eyelids, it’s crucial to grasp the basic anatomy of the eyelid. The eyelid is composed of several layers, including skin, muscle, and a layer of fat. These components work together to protect the eye and ensure its proper functioning. Understanding this anatomy is the first step in comprehending how they form and impact the eye’s appearance.

Eyelids come in various shapes and sizes, and one of the most distinct types is the hooded eyelid. Other common eyelid shapes include monolids, double eyelids, and deep-set eyelids. Each of these shapes has unique characteristics that influence the overall look of the eye. Hooded eyelids, in particular, are characterised by a fold of skin that partially or entirely covers the eyelid crease, giving the eyes a distinct appearance.

What Makes Eyelids Hooded?

The question of what causes eyelids to become hooded is multifaceted. They can be attributed to a combination of genetic factors, ageing, lifestyle choices, and even certain medical conditions. Next, we will explore these causes in greater detail, shedding light on the mechanisms that contribute to the development of hooded eyelids.

Causes of Hooded Eyelids

Hooded eyelids can result from a variety of factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic. Understanding the underlying causes can help you identify the root of the issue and determine the most suitable solutions. Here are the primary causes of hooded eyelids:

  • Genetics and Heredity: Genetic predisposition plays a significant role in the development of this type of eyelids. If your parents or grandparents have them, there’s a higher likelihood that you may inherit this trait
  • Ageing ProcessLoss of Elasticity: As we age, our skin loses its natural elasticity. The thin skin of the eyelids is particularly susceptible to this phenomenon, leading to the skin draping and hooding
  • Lifestyle Factors: Continuous strain on the eyelids, such as heavy eyelid makeup, excessive rubbing, or the use of improper skincare products
  • Smoking and Alcohol: Unhealthy habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can accelerate the ageing process, potentially leading to hooded eyelids at a younger age
  • Medical Conditions: Ptosis is a medical condition characterised by drooping of the upper eyelid, which can create the appearance of hooded eyelids. It may be congenital or acquired
  • Dermatochalasis involves the excess of skin on the upper eyelids, causing them to sag and appear hooded

Understanding these diverse causes is essential in order to determine the most appropriate strategies for addressing them.

Upper Eyelid Surgery — Front View
Upper Eyelid Surgery — Front View

Signs and Symptoms of Hooded Eyelids

Here are the common signs and symptoms associated with hooded eyelids:

  • Drooping Skin: One of the most noticeable symptoms of hooded eyelids is the presence of excess skin on the upper eyelids. This can create a heavy, drooping appearance
  • Reduced Eyelid Space: Hooded eyelids often result in limited visible eyelid space, which can make it challenging to apply eye makeup and can affect your overall eye aesthetics
  • Smudged Makeup: Due to the reduced eyelid space, makeup like eyeliner and eyeshadow may smudge or transfer to the upper lid, leading to makeup mishaps
  • Tired Appearance: Hooded eyelids can sometimes give the impression of fatigue, even when you’re well-rested

When to Seek Medical Advice about Hooded Eyelids

While hooded eyelids are often a cosmetic concern, there are instances where they may signal an underlying medical issue. It’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional if you experience:

  • Sudden Onset: If you notice a sudden change in your eyelid appearance, it’s crucial to consult a medical expert, as this could indicate a medical condition
  • Vision Impairment: If hooded eyelids significantly obstruct your vision or cause discomfort, it’s essential to seek prompt medical attention

How to Determine if You Have Hooded Eyelids

Before exploring solutions for hooded eyelids, it’s essential to ascertain your specific eyelid type. Self-assessment can provide valuable insights into the shape of your eyelids. Here are some self-assessment techniques to help you determine your eyelid type:

  1. Mirror Examination: Stand in front of a well-lit mirror and examine your eyelids. Take note of the presence or absence of a visible eyelid crease. If there is a crease, observe its depth and shape
  2. Eyelid Lifting: Gently lift your eyebrows to see if the excess skin on your upper eyelids disappears when your eyebrows are raised. This can help you assess whether hooded eyelids are a concern for you
  3. Compare with Reference Images: Look at reference images of different eyelid shapes, such as monolids, double eyelids, and hooded eyelids, to compare with your own and identify the closest match

Consultation with a Professional

While self-assessment can provide preliminary insights, consulting with a professional, such as a plastic surgeon, can offer a more accurate assessment of your eyelid type and any underlying issues. Consider the following when seeking professional guidance:

  1. Specialised Examination: Professionals can conduct specialised examinations to determine your exact eyelid type, assess any medical conditions, and recommend appropriate treatments
  2. Personalised Advice: A professional can provide personalised recommendations based on your unique eye anatomy and any cosmetic or medical concerns you may have
  3. Discussing Treatment Options: If you’re considering plastic surgery procedures to address hooded eyelids, a consultation with a plastic surgeon such as Dr Jake Lim will allow you to explore surgical and non-surgical options tailored to your needs

Effective Solutions for Hooded Eyelids

Now that you’ve determined your eyelid type and confirmed the presence of hooded eyelids, it’s time to explore the various effective solutions available. Hooded eyelids can be managed through both non-surgical and surgical approaches, as well as home remedies and lifestyle changes.

Non-Surgical Options

  • Makeup Techniques: Skilled makeup application can work wonders in enhancing the appearance of this type of eyelids. Techniques like contouring, using eyeshadow strategically, and applying eyeliner may create the illusion of more defined and lifted eyelids
  • Eyelid Tapes and Strips: These products are designed to lift and reshape the eyelids temporarily. They can be particularly useful for special occasions or when you want a temporary improvement in eyelid appearance
  • Eye Exercises: Certain eye exercises can help strengthen the muscles around the eyes and may contribute to a more lifted look. These exercises should be performed regularly for noticeable results

Surgical Options

  • Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery): Also known as an eyelid lift, blepharoplasty is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the eyelids. It can provide a long-lasting solution for severe hooded eyelids and is performed by Dr Jake Lim
  • Ptosis Correction Surgery: If your hooded eyelids are due to ptosis, a condition where the muscles that lift the eyelids are weakened, ptosis correction surgery can help restore the natural eyelid position

Home Remedies and Lifestyle Changes

  • Eye Creams and Serums: Certain eye creams and serums containing ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid may improve skin elasticity and hydration, potentially reducing the appearance of hooded eyelids
  • Eyelid Exercises: Simple exercises, such as eyelid lifts and massages, may help strengthen the eyelid muscles and promote a more lifted appearance over time
  • Proper Eyelid Hygiene: Maintaining good eyelid hygiene is essential. Use mild cleansers and avoid excessive rubbing of the eyes, which can worsen hooded eyelids

These effective solutions cater to various preferences and needs, offering both temporary and permanent options for managing hooded eyelids. It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional or Dr Jake Lim to determine the most suitable approach for your specific situation.

FAQs about Causes and Solutions for Hooded Eyelids


Can hooded eyelids be corrected without surgery?

  • Hooded eyelids can’t be corrected with surgery. There are non-surgical methods for addressing hooded eyelids, such as makeup techniques, eyelid tapes, and eye exercises. These options can provide temporary improvements in eyelid appearance, but they are not a permanent solution.

What is the typical recovery time after eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

  • Recovery times can vary, but most people can expect some swelling and bruising for a week or two after eyelid surgery. Full recovery may take several weeks to a month, during which you’ll need to follow post-operative care instructions.

Are there any natural remedies for This?

  • Natural remedies include using eye creams or serums with ingredients like retinol and hyaluronic acid, as well as practicing eyelid exercises. While these methods may offer some improvement for some people, results can vary from person to person.

Can hooded eyelids affect vision?

  • Yes, they can potentially obstruct your vision. If you experience vision impairment, it’s crucial to seek medical advice promptly.

Is it possible to prevent hooded eyelids from developing?

  • While genetics and ageing play significant roles, you can take preventive measures by avoiding habits like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. Additionally, practicing good eyelid hygiene and maintaining overall skin health may help delay the onset.

Are there any risks associated with eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)?

  • Like any surgical procedure, blepharoplasty carries some risks, including infection, scarring, and changes in eyelid shape. It’s essential to discuss these potential risks with Dr Jake Lim and weigh them against the benefits of the procedure before making a decision.

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