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Dermatochalasis (Loose Skin) & Hooded Eyes

Dermatochalasis refers to the redundancy and laxity of the eyelid skin and muscle, often referred to as “hooded eyes” in older people. It is occasionally seen in young adults as well. The weakened connective tissues of the eyelids and loss of elastic tissue in the skin cause dermatochalasis, which mainly affects the upper lids and is also seen in the lower lids.

At Face Restoration, we can explain all the treatments available to you, both surgical and non-surgical, for a naturally rejuvenated appearance.



Dermatochalasis is often mistaken for Ptosis. Distinguishing between the two is crucial since treatment options vary. Ptosis occurs when the upper eyelid droops over the eye due to the weakening of the muscle. Despite their similar appearances, both conditions require specific treatment, and therefore should only be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon.

The main symptom of Dermatochalasis is loose skin around the eyelid that occurs when excess skin, fat, or muscle forms on the eye. Dermatochalasis can lead to functional problems.

Besides inhibiting vision, the excess folds can cause skin damage because tears can collect in them, and they can cause lash ptosis, which is a decline in lash growth.

How can I help prevent dermatochalasis?

Whilst dermatochalasis is unavoidable – as the skin will naturally lose elasticity – several preventative measures can help reduce the progression:

  • Avoid over-washing your face since it can cause skin problems
  • Maintain healthy skin by moisturising regularly
  • You should avoid smoking and excessive drinking, which can damage your skin
  • To prevent some age-related skin issues, use sunscreen, wear sunglasses, and avoid spending too much time in the sun

When does Dermatochalasis appear?


Dermatochalasis is most commonly acquired with natural ageing. Symptoms typically appear around the age of 40 and become worse with time. Although Dermatochalasis is most commonly caused by natural ageing, it can also be congenital (acquired when the child is born). Congenital Dermatochalasis usually begins showing symptoms in early adulthood.

How do I access treatment for hooded eyes?

The first step towards treatment is a clinical assessment to diagnose the correct cause of your symptoms. At Face Restoration, you can expect a full consultation with two specialist oculoplastic surgeons who can diagnose and successfully treat hooded eyes.

We aim to help you reach your desired goals in our treatments. You can choose from various treatments based on your needs and desired outcomes. Our Scars-lessTM programme provides faster healing times and reduced scarring to ensure better treatment outcomes.

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We will then discuss with you your symptoms and advise you on how best to proceed with helpful guidance on treatments through our expert knowledge and training.

Treatment after care

Once an appointment has been arranged, we will then begin treatment and support you along the process, including specialised aftercare.