Blepharoplasty is also known as eyelid surgery
Blepharoplasty is another name for eyelid surgery. Charlotte, NC patients, and patients around the country, may undergo the procedure for many reasons. Blepharoplasty can be done to the upper eyelid and the lower eyelid to help patients look and feel their best.

Patients may have the procedure for many reasons
Patients may have lower lid blepharoplasty if they have puffy, bulging skin under the eyes. Though puffy eyes are often associated with being tired or a lack of sleep, many people develop bags under the eyes as they age, or may have them hereditarily. This can also sometimes cause the lower eyelids to droop as the skin starts to sag down.

Blepharoplasty of the upper eyelid removes extra fat, muscle, and skin from above the eye. Many patients who choose to have their upper eyelid worked on have eyelids that are sagging down over their eyes and may experience reduced vision due to this. It can also give patients a sleepy look.

Your surgeon will work with you to decide the best procedure for you
There are a few different procedures that can be done to correct lower eyelid issues. The Open Lower Lift is one of the more standard methods. However, Charlotte physician Dr. Sean Freeman has developed a different approach that yields better results. However, if the Open procedure is the better option for you, Dr. Freeman will discuss that option with you.

Dr. Freeman’s procedure is called the SOOF Lift Blepharoplasty. SOOF refers to the fat that sits below the eyes. This fat can slowly slide down to the mid face which creates the puffy look. Dr. Freeman’s procedure tightens the area, so the SOOF moves back to its original position. He then tightens the fascial layer which helps hold the SOOF where it belongs.

Blepharoplasty for the upper eyelid is done via an incision made in the crease of the upper eyelid. The doctor then removes excess skin, fat, and muscle from the area and stitches the incision up. Since the incision is placed in the natural crease of the eye, the scar is naturally hidden.

Recovery takes a few weeks
Recovery from blepharoplasty, both lower and upper, generally takes a week or two. Patients who undergo blepharoplasty will experience swelling and bruising after the procedure, but this typically fades in seven to ten days. Patients should take care to follow doctor’s orders strictly following the procedure to ensure they have the best results.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Charlotte, NC surgeon Dr. Sean Freeman, has performed many blepharoplasty procedures. Dr. Freeman is double board certified and has focused his practice exclusively on facial plastic surgery since 1988. Dr. Freeman has taught his SOOF technique to other physicians across the United States and in Europe. Be sure to contact his office to schedule a consultation to see how he can help you look your best.