Ask your surgeon about lower eye lid surgery

Lower eye lid surgery is different from upper eye lid surgery. While the upper eyelid is close to being an extension of the skin of the brow, the lower eyelid is more an extension of the skin of the middle of the face.

Not everyone needs lower eye lid surgery. If you’re dealing with only a slight, natural hollowness under the eyes, hyaluronic acid fillers may be enough to resolve the problem, at least temporarily. If there are only small wrinkles that you’re trying to get rid of, laser treatment may do the trick. Ask an experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC if lower eye lid surgery is right for you.

Bags under the eyes and how to fix them

One common reason for lower eyelid surgery is bagging under the eyes. This is caused bya tiny deposit of fat under our eyelids called the suborbicularis oculi fat, or SOOF. A fascial layer holds the SOOF in place, but loosens as we age, causing the SOOF to migrate down the cheeks.

In an open lower lid blepharoplasty, the surgeon just takes the SOOF out completely. The trouble with this approach is that it leaves the areaunder the eye looking hollow. The SOOF can be replaced by another deposit of fat, but this doesn’t work, and when it goes wrong, it goes really wrong.

This is why the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC invented a better way to do lower eye lid surgery, the SOOF lift.In this procedure, instead of removing the SOOF, the surgeon lifts it back into place and tightens the fascial layer to keep it where it belongs. This provides a more naturally youthful look. Recovery from a SOOF lift shouldn’t take more than two weeks, and should involve less swelling than a cheek lift, unless it’s accompanied by other procedures. The stitches should come out after the first five days. Ask your surgeon for advice on managing the recovery. If you need lower eye lid surgery, ask for a SOOF lift.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon

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 devoted himself completely to facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgeries, and has frequently taught this procedure to other surgeons. If you are interested in this procedure, call his office or request an online consultation so you can take advantage of the discount on the consultation fee.

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