What lower eyelid surgery is for
Lower eyelid surgery is intended to correct excess drooping of the lower eyelids. This drooping is caused by the slow sinking of the suborbicularis oculi fat, a tiny deposit of fat underneath our lower eyelids. A layer of tissue called the fascial layer holds the SOOF in place As we age, this layer loses its grip. This causes the lower eyelids to droop and creates puffy areas under them which are one of the subtler signs of aging. Surgery that reverses this can do a lot to make you look younger.
How much drooping is too much drooping is a matter of personal aesthetics, and whether it should be dealt with using surgery or some other means depends on the patient’s face and the surgeon’s opinion. The general rule is that when the whites of your eyes are visible under the iris while you’re looking straight ahead, it means that surgery is a better idea than BOTOX or laser treatment.
Various methods of lower eyelid surgery
Sometimes in lower eyelid surgery, the SOOF is completely removed with an open lower lid blepharoplasty. This gets rid of the wrinkles and puffiness, but the missing deposit of fat makes the lower eyelid and tear trough look hollow. The surgeon can replace the SOOF with another deposit of fat from a different part of the body, if the new lump of fat is too heavy for the lower lid, or fails to attach properly, the lower lid may pull away from the eyeball. This brings the situation from an aesthetic disadvantage to a medical emergency.
This is why the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC decided on a procedure that directly reverses the effects of aging. In this procedure, the surgeon makes the initial incision on the inside of the eyelid, lifts the SOOF back into its original position and tightens the fascial layer to hold it in place. This is called a SOOF lift blepharoplasty, and is a much more effective way to recapture the natural look the eyes and mid-face region had when the patient was younger.
Getting a SOOF lift blepharoplasty in Charlotte
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.