Under eye bags can make patients look tired and worn out 

Eye bag removal surgery is an option for Charlotte, NC residents who have dark, heavy bags under their eyes. Under eye bags are often equated with a person being tired, however, other factors can cause eye bags as well. Some people may genetically have under eye bags, no matter how much rest they get. Other people begin to notice them as they age, and cannot get them to fade.  

Eye bag removal surgery can help patients look their best 

There are many different techniques plastic surgeons can utilize when performing an eye bag removal surgery, or surgery of the lower eyelid. The type of method used depends on many factors including your desired results and a physical examination of the area. Your surgeon will discuss what option will be best for you following a consultation.  

Many surgeons will do an Open lower lift procedure on patients. This procedure requires an incision to be made outside the eye, and the fat that has begun to protrude to be removed. The risk with this procedure is that the eyes can often be left looking sunken and hollow once the fat is removed if the doctor takes too much. To combat this, many surgeons will put in other fat from the body to replace the removed fat. However, if not done correctly, this can cause many other problems for patients.  

Charlotte, NC surgeon Dr. Sean Freeman worked to create a new eye bag removal surgery technique that would help patients look their best without the risks of an Open procedure. Dr. Freeman developed the SOOF Lift Blepharoplasty technique. In this procedure, the doctor will make an incision inside the eyelid rather than outside. The doctor will then tighten the SOOF, or the fat, back into place. To keep the SOOF in place, the fascial layer is also tightened. This removes the eye bags but doesn’t leave patients with hollow eyes.  

Recovery time is typically a few weeks 

Following eye bag removal surgery, patients should plan to spend a week or two recovering at home. Bruising and swelling are common following the procedure, but bruising usually fades within seven to ten days with the swelling going down within one to two weeks. Patients should be careful to protect the eyes from the sun, and from being bumped on accident. Contacts should not be worn until the eyes are fully healed.  

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC surgeon Dr. Sean Freeman, not only created the SOOF technique, but he also is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Freeman works hard to be sure patients get the results they desire and takes pride in helping patients look their best. If you are struggling with chronic eye bags, contact Dr. Freeman’s office to discuss eye bag removal surgery options and see how he can help you look your best.