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Hooded eyes refer to excess skin that folds down from below the brow bone.6 They can even reach the lash line.
Hooded eyes are a completely normal and common hereditary trait. You may have just one hooded eye. But, generally, you would have hooded eyelids for both eyes.
Some hooded eyes may also happen with age. Aging eyelids can change the appearance and shape of your eyes. They may look droopy, for example.
Eye makeup for hooded eyes can maximize your lid space. There are tons of makeup artist tips and tricks to make hooded eyes look less ‘hooded.’ Hooded eye makeup is not necessarily easy to apply, including eyeliner, eyeshadow, mascara for your lashes, and more. But it can make your eyes look bigger and give the illusion that you do not have excess skin.
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Hooded eyes are not necessarily a cause for concern. Hooded eyes are a common trait. Many people are born with this eye shape. This eye shape is considered attractive by many people.
Anyone can also develop hooded eyes, especially as they get older.4 If you develop hooded eyes, it is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by. Hooded eyes are a natural sign of aging that are still attractive.
There are tons of celebrities who have hooded eyes that reach their lash line. Of course, most celebrities have beauty professionals who do their liner, shadows, lashes, and brows for them. After all, a little bit of eyeliner, eye shadow, and mascara can go a long way.
For example, you may not notice that Blake Lively, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone, and Camilla Belle have hooded eyelids.3
If the skin below your brow touches your lash line or comes close to it, you may have hooded eyes. Hooded eyes tend to sink deeply. You will not see a big eyelid space. Rather, you will see a crease.
Most people are born with hooded eyes. It is a natural and normal eye shape and hereditary trait. If your parents have hooded eyes, it is more likely that you will inherit them. That said, not everyone who has hooded eyes passes the trait down to their children.
Hooded eyes are not necessarily droopy eyes, though some hooded eyes may appear droopy. Most hooded eyes are deeply set, which means that the eyelid has a larger crease and the brow bone is more prominent. It is a natural eye shape.
Other hooded eyes happen with age as the skin starts to droop. Droopy eyes can cause vision problems. If you develop droopy eyes that inhibit your vision, you may consider consulting your doctor. Droopy eyes can affect your day-to-day life if you let the skin keep sagging and getting in the way.
There are tons of other eye shapes out there, including round eyes, almond eyes, monolid eyes, downturned eyes, upturned eyes, and more.
You are born with hooded eyes, like all other eye shapes, but you can undergo surgery to change the shape of your eye.
You do not need to see a doctor for hooded eyes. Hooded eyes are a natural sign of aging.
That said, if you want to get rid of your hooded eyes, you may consult your doctor about surgery options. If your hooded eyes are preventing you from seeing clearly, talk to your doctor about treatment.1
Yes, you can get rid of hooded eyes with hood eye surgery. Eyelid surgery is known as blepharoplasty.5 It removes excess skin or fat from the eyelids.
The surgery to fix droopy eyelids involves making a small incision and removing skin or fat from the eyelids before closing the incision back up.2 A blepharoplasty may be done under local anesthetic or under general anesthetic.5 It is up to you and your doctor to decide what is the best option for you.
Eyelid surgery, like all surgeries, comes at a cost and is not without risks. It may cost a few thousand dollars, depending on where you get it done and whether or not your insurance will cover the surgery. The risks involve a hematoma, scarring, and blurry vision.5
Typically, it takes about one week to recover from eyelid surgery, but it is best to follow your doctor’s advice for a safe and speedy recovery.5 For some people, the recovery period can take much longer. For others, it won’t take nearly that long.
Other options like eye lift creams are available over-the-counter in most pharmacies. But these are generally not the best stand-alone options for hooded or droopy eyes. Tapes and glues also exist to pull the eyelid upward.
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“Blepharoplasty.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 19 June 2020.
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