What are Hooded Eyes?
Hooded eye is a condition in which there is an excess skin fold from the brow line. It is mostly associated with aging but can also be due to genetics. Some people have hooded eyes since birth, while a few develop them with age. Those with hooded eyes since birth also notice the hood becoming more prominent with age.
What Causes Hooded Eyes?
Genetics determine the shape of the eye, which means if a parent has hooded eyes chances are more that the individual would have them too.
Hooded eyes are also associated with aging. As a person grows older the eyebrows may lose tone and start to sag.(1) On drooping, the eyebrow pushes the soft tissue and fat that covers the eyes socket. This creates a hood-like effect over the eyelid.
Trauma to the side of the head may also lead to hooded eyes.(1)
Certain therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, speed up aging in the skin and soft tissue. This can cause drooping of the eyelids.
Treatment of Hooded Eyes
Most hooded eyes do not need any treatment. Someone in need of altering their appearance may look out for treatment, as the hooded eyes make them look older.
There are certain makeup techniques that can open up the eyes and make a person look more awake. This effect goes away as the makeup is removed.
Other non-surgical treatments of hooded eyes include:
- Botox Injections: These injections are given on the outer edge of the eyebrow and work by lifting the eyebrow slightly. If not positioned properly it can make the brow droop further especially if it affects the nerve controlling the brow muscle.
- Dermal Fillers: These are the skin-plumping injections that help to smoothen out the wrinkles. These tighten the skin around the eye and lift the brow.
- Laser Therapy: This therapy removes the top layer of the skin reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
- Radiofrequency Treatments: Electromagnetic currents are delivered into the skin and the soft tissue around the eyes. This helps in skin tightening and lifting the brow.
- Thread Lifts: It is a process in which temporary sutures or stitches are involved that pull the eyebrow back in place. Thread lift treatment is more suitable for people who have mild to moderate hooding.
- Eye Drops: Certain eye drops, such as Upneeqis, are approved by the Food and Drug Association to lift droopy lids.(2)
Some people with hooded eyes may opt for a brow lift or blepharoplasty. This procedure helps in improving the appearance of baggy skin around the eyes and also helps reposition the eyebrows. But, it is not recommended for all. The procedure is performed under anesthesia. The incision is hidden under the eyebrow hair and the soft tissue causing the hooding is removed.
Most people with skin hooding do not need any medical procedure unless the droop is affecting the vision. Those bothered can make use of makeup techniques to cover the hood. Some also go ahead with dermal fillers, laser therapies, and surgery to lift the brow. It is best to discuss the most appropriate option with a doctor and to know about the procedure’s risks and benefits.