Eyelid surgery can help patients in a variety of ways 

Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids. Patients in Charlotte, NC may undergo the procedure for cosmetic purposes or for medical reasons. 

Upper eyelid surgery helps with droopy eyelids 

Eyelid surgery on the upper eyelids can help patients who are experiencing droopy eyelids. Droopy eyelids can cause skin to hang down in front of the eye, which can make patients look sleepy and even cause vision issues.  

To correct this, surgeons make an incision in the crease of the eyelid. They then remove extra fat, muscle, and skin that has accumulated there and caused the eyelid to be heavy. Since the incision is hidden in the eyelid, it hides any scar that may be left once the incision is fully healed. Eyebrow lifts and correcting skin discoloration below the eye are often done with upper eyelid surgery to help patients look their best.  

Lower eyelid surgery can remove bags under the eyes 

Having puffiness under the eyes is often referred to having bags under the eyes and is seen as an indicator that a person is tired. However, most people develop this as they age and in fact, some people were born with puffy under eyes. Patients may choose to have eyelid surgery to help remove this puffiness and help patients look younger and more alert.  

There are a few different procedures surgeons can use when performing lower eyelid surgery. One, called an Open lower lift, removes the extra fat. However, this can often leave the eyes looking sunken which is not what patients want. So, Dr. Sean Freeman in Charlotte, NC developed the SOOF Lift Blepharoplasty technique to help give patients the best results possible.  

Dr. Freeman’s technique lifts the SOOF, which stands for suborbiclaris oculi fat, which typically sits under the eyes, from where it has moved to back to where it belongs. He then tightens the fascial layer to help hold the SOOF in place. This method typically has less swelling than the other and generally yields better results.  

Eyelid surgery recovery lasts a few weeks 

Like with most surgeries, patients will experience swelling and bruising after the surgery. Bruising should fade within a week, with the swelling going down in one to two weeks. Patients will need to be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions closely post surgery to ensure they have a fast recovery time and get the results they want. 

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon 

Charlotte, NC surgeon Dr. Sean Freeman is the area’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon. After developing his SOOF lift blepharoplasty, he went on to teach the technique to physicians across the United States and in Europe. Dr. Freeman is committed to helping patients look their best and has focused his practice exclusively on facial plastic surgery since 1988. Be sure to contact his office to schedule a consultation to discuss your future eyelid surgery.