The SOOF lift is the most natural-looking lower eyelid surgery
The most natural-looking form of blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, performed on the lower lid is the SOOF lift blepharoplasty. It’s a lot like a cheek lift, and can be performed alongside one.The recovery period if it’s performed by itself is about one to two weeks, and the surgeon will take the stitches out after five days. Be sure to ask your surgeon for advice on how to take care of yourself after the SOOF lift blepharoplasty.
Along with the crow’s feet around the corners of the eyes, one of the smaller signs of aging is bags and circles under the eyes. These are caused when a tiny deposit of fat under our eyelids called the suborbicularis oculi fat (or SOOF) sinks to the tops of the cheeks. People aren’t always consciously aware of these circles under the eyes, but they do create the subtle impression that you’re older and less energetic than you really are, so getting rid of them can create the impression of a much younger appearance and much more energy — if it’s done right.
The extra steps taken in a SOOF lift
What makes a SOOF lift different from other forms of lower eyelid surgery is that it’s a precise reversal of the changes that come with aging, not an approximation. in some other procedures, such as an open lower lid blepharoplasty, the surgeon makes an incision under the eyelashes of the lower lid, lifts the skin and muscle and removes the SOOF. This gets rid of the wrinkles and puffiness, but without the SOOF the lower eyelid and tear trough look hollow. Replacing it with fat from another part of the body sometimes works, but can go very badly wrong. In a SOOF liftblepharoplasty, the original deposit of fat is lifted back into place, and then the surgeon tightens the fascial layer to make sure it stays in place. The extra care makes the end result look more natural than other procedures.
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 hascommitted his practice entirely to facial plastic surgery, including upper and lower eyelid surgeries, and has often taught the SOOF lift blepharoplasty to other surgeons. If you are interested in this procedure, call his office or request an online consultation so you can take advantage of the discount on the consultation fee.