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Neuromodulators for Hooded Eyelids: Do They Work?

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The eyes are said to be the “windows to the soul” as they can express emotions our words cannot, but when someone has hooded eyelids, a portion of that “window” is hidden from the beholder.

Hooded eyelids are a common condition in which the eyelids and brow sag due to excess skin and hide the appearance of the eyelid crease. Eye hooding can hinder vision as it covers a portion of the eye, but many people who have it seek solutions because they feel unhappy with their appearance.

Hooded eyes can be a problem for people not only because they cover a large portion of the eyes in a society where big, more exposed eyes are the beauty standard but also because they can cause some functionality problems and negatively impact vision.

Hooded eyes can cause people to look tired, sad, angry, or mean when feeling none of these emotions. To many people, their outer appearance must match their inner feelings, so it’s no surprise that people seek solutions for improving their hooded eyelids.

What Causes Hooded Eyelids?

Everyone ages at different rates, but everyone’s skin becomes thinner and weaker over time as the body stops producing as much collagen. The weakening of this skin and the underlying tissues causes wrinkles and skin laxity, especially in the face. The eyelids are typically the first place people notice aging changes as they have the thinnest, most delicate skin.

Hooded eyelids develop due to the excess and lax skin caused by aging. Other people may have hooded eyelids due to their genetics and naturally have more skin on the upper lid. Some people seek correctional treatments for hooded eyelids before they even start aging because they are unhappy with their appearance. The hooded appearance will become more pronounced with age as the brows continue to lower.

Are Neuromodulators An Effective Treatment for Hooded Eyelids?

When most people think of Botox, they think of a popular treatment that smooths out forehead lines and crow’s feet, but neurotoxins Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin have many other purposes, such as correcting hooded eyelids.

Neurotoxins are a safe and effective nonsurgical option for improving mild to moderate eyelid drooping, or “hooded eyelids.” By relaxing the muscles that pull the eyelids down, Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin reinforce the muscles that hold them up and subtly open up hooded eyes by a few millimeters.

Neuromodulators can be a great solution if you’re looking for a subtle lift of the skin that causes hooded eyelids. It may not be effective when it comes to the point that you’re trying to improve substantial amounts of excess upper eyelid skin or brow drooping. Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin cannot tighten skin, but they can be used to slightly lift skin or smooth out the appearance of fine lines.

Using Botox for nonsurgical eyelid lifts is not FDA-approved for treating hooded eyes. Although this application is commonly done and known to be effective for the right people, it is an “off-label” use of the product, and you must be careful not to have this procedure done in the wrong hands.

Here at HerSpace, our highly-trained, experienced team of injectors use their aesthetic eye to inject a precise amount of product in a specific area to ensure you get the desired results.

Botox For Hooded Eyes: How Is It Done?

Injecting Botox into the outer corners of the brows and the space between the brows achieves a lift to hooded eyes. This treatment relaxes the depressor muscles that cause the brows to droop but not the elevator muscles that raise the brows. It can lift the upper eyelids by a few millimeters, make the eyes appear more open, and expose more eyelid skin around the natural crease.

What Are Alternative Treatments For Lifting Hooded Eyes?

Laser skin resurfacing removes old skin cells and stimulates collagen production to reveal newer, healthier-looking skin cells. It can be a very effective treatment for tightening the skin in the upper eyelids while also smoothing out wrinkles and improving skin quality.

Radiofrequency microneedling with Genius® by Lutronic stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin, vital proteins in the skin that keep it looking supple, tight, and youthful. By boosting the body’s natural healing response and stimulating the increase of these proteins, Genius® RF can tighten sagging skin in the upper eyelids or brows, smooth out wrinkles, and improve skin quality overall.

Dermal fillers can be injected into specific areas of the upper eyelid and brows to restore volume, smooth out wrinkles, and slightly lift the skin that causes hooded eyes.

For some people, an eyebrow thread lift may be an effective treatment for hooded eyes. By placing surgical threads in the superficial layers of the upper eyelid skin, thread lift specialists can create a natural, subtle lift to the brows and upper eyelids and improve the appearance of hooded eyelids. Patients love that the eyebrow thread lift elevates the brow without using any incisions.

The most aggressive treatment for lifting hooded eyes is an upper blepharoplasty, in which excess skin and fat in the upper eyelids are surgically removed and altered by a plastic surgeon. Eventually, this becomes the best option when you’ve reached the point of severe upper eyelid drooping, as none of the nonsurgical alternatives available at medical spas can remove the skin. To promote realistic expectations, our providers here at HerSpace are honest with patients about which treatments can get them to their goals.

Am I A Candidate For Neurotoxin Treatment For Hooded Eyelids?

Using Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin to lift the upper eyelids and brows is most effective for younger patients with mild to moderate eye hooding. Whether Botox is enough for your hooded eyes depends on your facial anatomy and the extent of your drooping.

When addressing multiple concerns with the upper portion of your face, neuromodulators can be a very convenient treatment for a drooping brow line, deep lines across the forehead, and “11” lines between the eyebrows.

Remember, while Botox can improve hooded eyes caused by a slightly lower brow or minor brow drooping, it is only a temporary solution, and you’ll need to return every 3-4 months to maintain results.

When you need a more dramatic lift than neurotoxins can offer, discuss your goals with your provider during your consultation. Here at HerSpace MedSpa, our aesthetic providers use their expertise to combine multiple minimally invasive treatments to boost results.

What Are The Benefits Of Getting Neurotoxins For Hooded Eyes?

Many people with hooded eyes attempt to conceal their appearance by using their makeup in a certain way every day. Not everyone needs a significant surgical procedure to reshape or rejuvenate their sagging upper eyelids and brows, and the Botox brow lift is an excellent option for subtly lifting hooded eyes. Some of the main advantages of using Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin for hooded eyes include:

  • Low risk of side effects such as infection or scarring
  • Customized to achieve your desired results
  • Quick and straightforward treatment with little to no downtime
  • Results become noticeable within just a few days, unlike eyelid surgery, which takes months to show results
  • The least expensive option for treating hooded eyes

Ready To Look As Awake And Alert As You Feel?

Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin may be an option for achieving a subtle lift when you have hooded eyes due to drooping brows or upper eyelids. We’ll help you decide which product is best for you and your goals. If you’re ready to look more alert and have your outer appearance match the energy of your inner self, get in touch with us at HerSpace MedSpa in New Jersey to schedule a consultation for a Botox brow lift.