SOOF liftA SOOF lift removes a subtle sign of aging

Lower lid blepharoplasty such as a SOOF lift can get rid of one of the subtler signs of aging that many people never think about — the bags and circles under the eyes. These bags and circles make you look like you’re getting older, getting tired and haven’t slept in a while. By restoring the younger appearance of the lower lids, a surgeon can make you look younger, more energetic and more attractive.

The SOOF is the suborbicularis oculi fat, the small deposit of fat under the eyelids. A layer of connective tissue called the fascial layer holds this deposit of fat in place. As we age, the fascial layer relaxes and the SOOF sinks down to the tops of the cheeks, making the lower lids look puffy.

Different lower lid blepharoplasty operations

An open lower lid blepharoplasty means removing the SOOF altogether, leaving the lower eyelid and tear trough looking hollow. The SOOF can be replaced with fat taken from another part of the body, but this doesn’t always work.

This is why a facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC developed the SOOF lift, 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 to hold it in place. This reverses all the effects of aging and does a better job of making the eyes look naturally younger.

Getting ready for the SOOF lift

If you take nicotine in any form, the first thing you should do is stop. Nicotine slows healing by constricting blood vessels. You should also avoid alcohol, aspirin, ibuprofen or certain supplements — your surgeon will tell you which ones.

Get someone to drive you home after the surgery.There will be a certain amount of bruising around your eyes for a few weeks, and there may also be some swelling, redness and dryness in your eyes. You’ll heal faster if you don’t use eye makeup or contact lenses. There are no guarantees, but most patients look all right after two weeks.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon

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.