Types of Eyes | What Are Monolids | Monolids
Understanding the different types of eyes, such as monolids, hooded eyelids, and double eyelids, is crucial for various aesthetic and medical considerations. Eyelid surgery, known as blepharoplasty, is a common procedure that aims to address concerns related to these different eyelid types, potentially improving both appearance and function. Here, we will explore the characteristics of monolids, hooded eyelids, and double eyelids, and discuss how eyelid surgery may benefit individuals with these eye shapes.

What Are Monolids?

Monolids are characterised by a smooth, flat appearance without a visible crease between the eyelash line and the eyebrow. Common in East Asian populations, monolids have their unique beauty but can sometimes lead to concerns about eye shape and the appearance of droopy eyelids also known as eyelid ptosis.
  • Characteristics: Monolids lack a distinct fold or crease, giving the eye a smooth, continuous appearance from the lash line to the eyebrow.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: Some individuals may feel that monolids make their eyes appear smaller or less defined.
  • Surgical Options: Upper eyelid surgery aims to create a crease, potentially enhancing the definition of the eye. This procedure is often referred to as double eyelid surgery and may be sought by those seeking a more defined eyelid appearance.
  • Non-Surgical Methods: Makeup techniques, such as using eyeliner and eyeshadow, may temporarily create the illusion of a crease and enhance eye shape.
Monolids vs Double Eyelids | Hooded Eyelids | What Are Hooded Eyelids

Hooded eyelids tend to feature an extra layer of skin which droops over the crease.

What Are Hooded Eyelids?

Hooded eyes tend to have eyelids which feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, making the eyelid appear smaller. This can lead to concerns about droopy eyelids and an aged appearance.
  • Characteristics: Hooded upper eyelids have an extra fold of skin that can cover the natural crease of the eye, sometimes extending to the lash line.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: A hooded eyelid tends to make the eyes appear smaller and can cause the eyelid skin to feel heavy. This eye shape can also create challenges with makeup application.
  • Surgical Options: Upper blepharoplasty cosmetic surgery aims to remove excess skin and fat, potentially helping to address concerns related to a droopy eyelid and create a more open and youthful appearance. This hooded eyelid surgery may be beneficial for those experiencing vision obstruction due to droopy eyelids.
  • Non-Surgical Methods: Skincare routines and specific makeup techniques may temporarily help to lift and brighten the appearance of hooded eyes temporarily.

What Are Double Eyelids?

Double eyelids have a distinct crease that creates an eyelid fold, commonly found in many individuals worldwide. This eye shape is often desired for its aesthetic appeal.
  • Characteristics: Double eyelids feature a prominent crease that divides the eyelid into two parts, giving a more defined and contoured look.
  • Aesthetic Concerns: While generally considered aesthetically pleasing, some individuals may seek to enhance the natural crease for a more dramatic effect.
  • Surgical Options: Double eyelid surgery aims to enhance the natural crease or create a new one, based on the individual’s goals. This procedure may aid in achieving a symmetrical and balanced look.
  • Non-Surgical Methods: Makeup techniques can accentuate the crease and highlight the eyes, potentially enhancing their natural beauty.
Double Eyelids | What Are Double Eyelids | Hooded Eyelids Surgery
Blepharoplasty is a surgical treatment that may address concerns associated with different eyelid types.

Upper and Lower Eyelid Surgery

Upper and lower eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, is a surgical treatment that may address various concerns associated with different eyelid types, including droopy eyelids and excess eyelid skin. Potential Benefits:
  • Aims to enhance eyelid shape and appearance.
  • May help improve vision obstructed by excess skin.
  • May help reduce the appearance of tired or aged eyes.
Potential Candidates:
  • Individuals with excess upper eyelid skin.
  • Those experiencing vision issues due to droopy eyelids.
  • Anyone seeking to address concerns related to their eye shape and appearance.
Potential Risks or Side Effects:
  • Swelling and bruising.
  • Infection or scarring.
  • Changes in eyelid sensation.
Procedure Overview:
  • Upper Eyelid Surgery: Aims to remove excess skin and fat to create a more open and youthful eye appearance.
  • Lower Eyelid Surgery: Aims to address puffiness and bags under the eyes for a smoother contour.

Why Choose ICCM for Your Blepharoplasty?

Choosing the right clinic for your eyelid surgery is essential in striving for the best results and a smooth recovery process. Here’s why ICCM stands out:
  • Experienced Surgeons: Our team of surgeons has extensive experience in performing blepharoplasty, aiming for precise and aesthetically pleasing results.
  • Comprehensive Care: From initial consultation to post-operative care, we provide comprehensive support to ensure your comfort and satisfaction throughout the process.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: Our clinic is equipped with the latest technology and facilities, to promote a safe and effective surgical environment.
  • Personalised Treatment Plans: We understand that each patient is unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to address your specific needs and goals.
  • Patient-Centred Approach: Your safety, satisfaction, and well-being are our top priorities. We take the time to listen to your concerns and answer all your questions.

How to Book an Appointment with ICCM in Sydney

To book an appointment or inquire, you can fill out our form, email us at [email protected] or contact us by telephone at 02 9233 3103 (Sydney CBD Clinic) or 02 4605 9024 (Campbelltown Clinic).


What are monolids and how do they differ from double eyelids?

Monolids are eyelids without a visible crease, giving them a smooth appearance from the lash line to the brow. In contrast, double eyelids have a distinct fold or crease, providing a more defined eye shape. Monolids are common in East Asian populations, while double eyelids are found in many ethnicities worldwide.

Can hooded eyelids affect vision?

Yes, hooded eyelids can sometimes cause vision obstruction. The excess skin can droop over the lash line, partially blocking the field of vision. This is particularly common in older adults, where the skin loses its elasticity and droops more due to sagging skin.

Is eyelid surgery permanent?

Eyelid surgery results are often long-lasting but not permanent. Ageing, lifestyle factors, and natural changes in the skin can affect the results over time. Most people enjoy the benefits of blepharoplasty for many years before considering any additional procedures.

What is the recovery time for eyelid surgery?

Recovery typically takes about 1-2 weeks. During this period, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Most individuals can return to normal activities within a week, but complete healing may take several weeks.

Are there non-surgical methods to address concerns related to the appearance of my eyelids?

Yes, non-surgical methods include eye makeup techniques to temporarily enhance the eye shape and skincare routines that may help tighten the skin. However, these methods offer temporary results and do not provide the longer-lasting improvements that surgery aims to achieve. The information on the website is for general guidance only and cannot be used as a basis to make a surgical decision, an initial consultation with our doctor is required to help patients make an informed decision before proceeding with any surgical procedure. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek the opinion of an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

About The Author - Dr Tony Prochazka

MBBS (Melb) FACCSM (Med) FCPCA / Cosmetic Doctor Dr Tony was the Inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, and a former vice-president of the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia. He is a regular presenter and teacher at international conferences, with invitations to meetings in Australia, China, New Zealand and South America.Read More