A SOOF lift is a kind of blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery. With a very small and subtle alteration to the face, it can create a much younger appearance. This procedure does not involve as much swelling as the cheek lift which it is similar to. Recovery time is one to two weeks, and the surgeon will remove the stitches after five days. Ask your surgeon for tips on post-operative care.
As we age and wrinkles form around the corners of our eyes, a tiny deposit of fat under our eyelids called the suborbicularis oculi fat (or SOOF) sinks to the tops of our cheeks as the fascial layer of tissue, which holds it in place, loses its grip. This makes the eyes look wider than they are, and creates puffy areas underneath them which are one of the subtler signs of aging.
This can be fixed by removing the SOOF entirely with an open lower lid blepharoplasty, in which the surgeon makes an incision under the eyelashes of the lower lid, lifts the skin and muscle and takes the fat out. This gets rid of the wrinkles and puffiness, but the absence of the deposit of fat gives a hollow look to the lower eyelid and tear trough. The SOOF lift can be replaced by another deposit of fat taken from a different part of the body, if the new lump of fat is too heavy for the lower lid and makes it pull away from the eyeball, more surgery will be needed right away.
So the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC came up with a better way to perform surgery on the lower eyelid. He developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty, in which the surgeon makes the initial incision on the inside of the eyelid, lifts the SOOF back into place and tightens the fascial layer in order to hold it in place. This is a much more effective way to help the eyes and midface look the way they did when the patient was younger.
The doctor who developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty as an alternative to the traditional procedure is 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 nothing but 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.