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Hooded Eyes

A common eye shape where the upper eyelid appears to droop or fold over the crease of the eye

Hooded Eyes

What Are They?

Hooded eyes refer to a type of eye shape where the upper eyelid appears to droop or cover the eyelid crease when the eyes are open. This often makes the eyes look smaller and more deep-set.

In people with hooded eyes, the skin above the crease of the eyelid (known as the 'hood') hangs over the natural crease, making the eyelid appear smaller. This can give the illusion of a heavier or more prominent brow bone, as well as a tired or sleepy look.

What Causes Them?

Hooded eyes can be a natural variation in eye shape, but they can also be caused by factors such as ageing, genetics, or certain medical conditions. Genetics plays a significant role in determining our physical features, including eye shape. If hooded eyes run in your family, there is a greater chance that you will inherit this trait. Ageing can also cause hooded eyes. As we age, the skin on our eyelids loses elasticity and begins to sag, causing the upper eyelid to droop and cover the eyelid crease. This is a natural part of the ageing process and can occur in both men and women.

Certain medical conditions can also cause hooded eyes. For example, ptosis is a condition that can cause the upper eyelid to droop excessively, which can lead to a hooded appearance. Other conditions that can cause hooded eyes include thyroid eye disease, Bell's palsy, and myasthenia gravis.


What Can You Do To Help Naturally?

While there is no natural way to completely eliminate hooded eyes, there are some ways to minimise their appearance. Eye exercises, applying a cold compress, gently massaging the area around the eyes, sleeping on your back, and maintaining good hydration and a healthy diet can help reduce puffiness and improve skin elasticity, which can make the eyes appear less hooded. However, if the hooding is due to ageing or genetics, cosmetic treatments like eyelid surgery or Botox injections may provide more significant improvement.


Can hooded eyes be treated with surgery?

Yes, cosmetic procedures such as eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can be used to treat hooded eyes. However, these procedures come with risks and should only be considered after consulting with a qualified medical professional.

Can allergies or lack of sleep cause hooded eyes?

Yes, allergies and lack of sleep can cause puffiness and swelling around the eyes, which can make them appear more hooded.

Can facial exercises help to reduce the appearance of hooded eyes?

There is no scientific evidence to support the claim that facial exercises can help to reduce the appearance of hooded eyes.

Can make-up help to reduce the appearance of hooded eyes?

Yes, make-up techniques such as using darker eyeshadow and eyeliner on the outer corners of the eyes and applying mascara to the upper lashes can help to make the eyes appear more open and less hooded.

Our Approach

Hooded eyelids and droopy eyelids often appear as part of the natural ageing process, but they can also be genetic.

Either way, at RSA, we have the perfect solution for what once could only be treated with a surgical blepharoplasty.  

The Plasma Elite Plasma Pen provides the perfect non-surgical eye lift (blepharoplasty). Removal of this excess skin can now be done without surgery.

Treatments We Offer That Help With Hooded Eyes

  • Plasma Elite

    A non-invasive treatment and perfect solution to treat loose skin around the eye area and hooded eyelids

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