First of all, what is blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty is eyelid surgery. It’s usually performed for cosmetic reasons, to make the eyes look younger by removing wrinkles and puffiness, and is often done along with other procedures to make the face look younger.
What is the difference between a SOOF lift blepharoplasty and regular lower eyelid procedure?
In an open lower lid blepharoplasty the surgeon makes an incision under the eyelashes of the lower lid, lifts the skin and muscle and takes the suborbicularis oculi fat out completely. The trouble with this approach is that the missing deposit of fat makes the lower eyelid and tear trough look hollow. Sometimes it’s replaced by fat taken from a different part of the body, but if the new fat is too heavy it can cause the lower lid to pull away from the eyeball.
Did you have to put that image in my head?
Sorry. Anyway, the top cosmetic surgeon in Charlotte came up with a better way — 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.
How should I prepare for a SOOF lift?
Before scheduling the surgery, you need to go over your medical history with your surgeon and discuss your expectations with him or her. Then you’ll need to have your eyes examined and tested.
If you smoke, stop smoking several weeks beforehand. Nicotine slows healing by constricting blood vessels. This is true of almost any plastic surgery, by the way. Don’t take any aspirin, ibuprofen or anything else that could increase bleeding. Get someone to drive you home after the surgery — you’ll be in no shape to operate a vehicle.
How long is the recovery time, and what can I do?
Recovery time varies from person to person, but you should expect it to take several weeks. You may experience bruising, puffiness and sensitivity to light. Even if you feel sore, don’t treat it with aspirin or ibuprofen, and don’t wear contact lenses. Sleep with your head elevated, and try not to rub your eyes. Wear dark glasses if you go outside.
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. Since 1988 he has done nothing but facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgeries, and has often taught the SOOF lift 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.