How to Treat Hooded Eyelids

We’ve all heard the colloquial phrase, “the eyes are the window to the soul.” Everyone’s eyes and eyelids are shaped differently; some are rounder and more almond-shaped, whereas others are upturned with sharp corners. Some people have excess skin that folds over from their eyebrow to their lash line, making the crease between the eyeball fairly unnoticeable.

This is quite common, (oftentimes considered attractive) though some people don’t like the way it looks, as it can make your eyes appear droopy or tired. If you have hooded eyelids and wish to make them less noticeable, you’re in luck because there are suitable treatments available. Read on to find out which treatments would work best for your case of hooded eyelids.

Do I Have Hooded Eyelids?

If the skin between your eyebrow and upper eyelid sags, then you have hooded eyes. Often it will fold over and smooth crease in your eyeball. They are caused by a variety of factors, including age, and genetics. Over time, facial structures change, and gravity weighs down the skin which makes it more elastic and looser.

Non-Invasive Options for Treating Hooded Eyelids

Thankfully, patients have quite a few non-invasive options to lift hooded eyelids. Depending on each patient’s case, a board-certified plastic surgeon may recommend Botox or Injectable Fillers.


Botulinum toxin, commonly referred to as Botox, is a neurotoxic protein that when administered can block certain signals from nerves to stop muscle contraction. Botox can work well for hooded eyelids by relaxing the muscles between the eyes and brows, thus lifting the eyebrow into a higher position. This can create a more youthful, alert appearance. The price depends on the volume of Botox your plastic surgeon administers, but in 2019 the national average was around $379.

Injectable Fillers

Hyaluronic acid gel filters such as Juvéderm and Sculptra can also work well to reduce hooded eyelids. They work by providing extra volume to fill in a deeper crease in your eyelid. While fillers produce results, they are not always ideal. They require reinjections over time and sometimes can cause fluid buildup behind the eyelid. However, you can use both fillers and Botox together to create an overall appearance boost. The average price of fillers depends on the brands that were used. Overall, prices range from about $625 to $850.

Surgical Options for Treating Hooded Eyelids

For more serious cases, your board-certified plastic surgeon may recommend several invasive surgery options to correct hooded eyelids.

Eyelid Surgery

Blepharoplasty, more commonly referred to as eyelid surgery, works by removing excess skin and fat. If you have excess skin above the eyelid, you may be a viable candidate for such a procedure. While a successful treatment option, blepharoplasty is the most expensive, with costs ranging from $2000 to $5000.

Fat Removal

For hooded eyelids that need a bit more work, fat removal may be a good option. This procedure can create a dramatic, youthful look, by restructuring the excess fat. However, this surgery can also have the opposite effect. It can add to the hollowness and make the effects of aging more pronounced. The price for this procedure ranges as well from around $2000 to $5000.

Let Dr. Sanjay Lalla Treat Unwanted Hooded Eyelids

Many procedures can reduce the appearance of hooded eyelids. Every patient’s case is unique, and the type of surgery requires careful consideration. If you are considering eyelid surgery, schedule a consultation with Northern New Jersey’s No.1 board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sanjay Lalla. Dial (973) 324-9455 today to have all your questions answered.