A SOOF lift can make you look younger by removing one of the subtler signs of aging that many people never think about — the bags and circles under the eyes that create an impression of exhaustion and sleeplessness. A SOOF lift is a kind of blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. It can be done to correct defects, or just for cosmetic reasons. Surgeons generally use different procedures for the upper and lower lids.
The SOOF is the suborbicularis oculi fat, the small deposit of fat that exists under the eyelids of younger people. What holds it in place is a layer of connective tissue called the fascial layer. As we age, the fascial layer relaxes and the SOOF sinks down to the tops of our cheeks, causing a puffy appearance right under the eyes.
The old approach is an open lower lid blepharoplasty, in which the SOOF is removed entirely. This does get rid of wrinkles under the eyes, but it also leaves the lower eyelid and tear trough looking hollow. The SOOF can be replaced with a deposit of fat taken from another part of the body, but this does not always last and sometimes goes badly wrong.
The SOOF lift is a newer approach, developed by a facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC, in which the surgeon makes a cut on the inside of the eyelid, moves the SOOF back to its original place and retightens the fascial layer in order to hold it there. This reverses all the effects of aging on the lower eyelid in one procedure.
If you smoke, stop smoking — it slows healing. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. There will be a certain amount of bruising for a little while. There may be some swelling, redness and dryness in your eyes. You will heal faster if you refrain from using eye makeup or contact lenses. There are no guarantees, but most patients look all right after two weeks.
The doctor who developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty as an alternative to the traditional procedure is Dr. Sean Freeman, the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. 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 a SOOF lift, call his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.