A SOOF lift blepharoplasty is an ingenious way to create a much younger appearance with a very small and subtle alteration to the face. This procedure should involve less swelling than a typical cheek lift. Recovery time is one to two weeks, and the stitches are taken out after five days. Ask your surgeon about post-operative care. It was developed by a plastic surgeon in Charlotte.
To begin with, blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery. As we age, not only do crow’s feet form around the corners of our eyes, but 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, relaxes. This makes the eyes look wider than they are, and creates puffy areas underneath them which are one of the lesser-known signs of aging.
Traditionally, a surgeon will fix this by performing an open lower lid blepharoplasty, in which he or she makes an incision under the eyelashes of the lower lid, lifts the skin and muscle and takes the fat out completely. This does get 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. Sometimes it is replaced by another deposit of fat taken from a different part of the body, but this carries a grotesque risk of its own — that the new lump of fat will prove too heavy for the lower lid and cause it to pull away from the eyeball. (Eeek.)
This is why the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte decided to think of 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 suborbicularis oculi fat back into place and tightens the fascial layer in order to hold it in place. This is a much more effective way of bringing back the original appearance of the eyes. A SOOF lift blepharoplasty makes the whole middle of the face look 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.