As we age, many parts of our bodies migrate downwards, including some we never think about. When the fat under our eyelids sinks to the tops of our cheeks, it creates a puffy appearance right under the eyes. This can be corrected through surgery, and the most effective form of surgery for it is the SOOF lift blepharoplasty. If you live near Charlotte, you are particularly in luck — you can have this procedure done by the man who developed it in the first place.
In the traditional procedure, an incision is made beneath the eyelashes of the lower lid. Skin and muscle are lifted, and fat is removed. This is called an open lower lid blepharoplasty, and it does remove some wrinkles, but the absence of the fat gives a hollow look to the lower eyelid and tear trough. Sometimes the surgeon will replace this deposit of fat with a deposit of fat taken from another part of the body, but the effect does not always last, and the pressure on the support structure of the lower lid can cause it to pull away slightly from the eyeball — something no one wants. For this reason, a Charlotte surgeon was dissatisfied with the results of this procedure and thought of a way to do it better.
A more effective procedure is the SOOF lift blepharoplasty. SOOF stands for suborbicularis oculi fat, a name for the tiny deposit of fat that starts out under our eyelids but migrates to the upper cheek as we age and the tissue that should hold it in place, called the fascial layer, relaxes. The initial incision is made on the inside of the lid, where it cannot be seen. The surgeon then lifts the SOOF back into place and tightens the structure that holds it there. In this way the original, youthful appearance of the eyes can be more accurately reconstructed. A SOOF lift blepharoplasty rejuvenates not only the lower eyelid, but the whole middle of the face.
If the thought of having someone operate on the inside of your eyelids makes you squeamish, you will want the most experienced and professional surgeon you can possibly find. The doctor who developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty as an alternative to the traditional procedure is none other than Dr. Sean Freeman of Charlotte. He has been certified by two different surgery boards, the American Board of Otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Since 1988 he has done only facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgeries, and has often taught this procedure to other surgeons. If you are interested in this procedure, call his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.