What Are Hooded Eyes?
The eyes are arguably our most important facial feature because they are often the first thing people see when they meet you. For many people, an inherited eyelid shape or normal aging can produce a “hooded eye” look that some people dislike.
What are Hooded Eyes?
Hooded eyes have excess skin and sometimes fat above the eye, resulting in a hooded appearance that hides the fold in your upper eyelid. It can be difficult or impossible to see the eyelid at all when the eye is open, and applying eyeliner or eyeshadow may seem pointless because it rubs off onto the extra skin and can’t be easily seen anyway. This feature is common in Asian eyes, but can appear in any ethnicity at any age.
Why Do I Have Them?
Some people think applying eye creams can correct a hooded eye appearance, but usually it’s due to simple genetics. Like any facial feature, it can run in families and can’t be corrected with skin care products. Slightly hooded eyes can become more prominent as we age: eyelids start to droop as a result of gravity and loss of skin elasticity.
What Can I Do About Hooded Eyes?
It’s important to note that hooded eyes are not necessarily a problem. Some people enjoy their hooded eyes and many celebrities have this eye shape. But if the excess skin and fat makes you look tired, angry, or older than you are, you can discuss possible solutions with a facial plastic surgeon. Depending on your facial shape, there are a few options for correcting the issue.
If the hooding is caused by a lower or sagging brow line, then a brow lift may be the best solution. Only a facial plastic surgeon can make this determination, however, so be sure you consult with a surgeon who is heavily experienced in brow lifts and facial aesthetics.
A blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, is the most common procedure to help remove excess skin and fat above the eyes, but it should be done conservatively to retain a natural appearance. If too much skin or tissue is removed, you may get a hollowed-out or “worked on” look that isn’t youthful.
Cosmetic eyelid surgery can not only correct hooded eyes, but may remove bags or puffiness and deep grooves if needed. Today’s surgery can be done on an outpatient basis, and most patients are usually back to work within a week. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your eyes, talk to an experienced facial plastic surgeon to learn more about your options and what you can expect from surgery and recovery. Blepharoplasty is a popular procedure because it produces amazing results and can take years off without looking pulled or unnatural – but it must be done by a surgeon who specializes in facial plastic surgery.
Wondering if eye surgery might be right for you? Schedule a consultation with double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michel Siegel today!
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