Lower eyelid surgery can help you look younger, livelier
Lower eyelid surgery done for cosmetic reasons is a small, subtle change to the face that can create a much healthier and more energetic and vigorous appearance. The eyes are one of the focal points of other people’s attention, and if they look a little younger, you look a lot younger.
Different forms of eyelid surgery
There are different forms of eyelid surgery, or blepharoplasty, for the upper and lower eyelids. This is because the upper and lower eyelids age in different ways. The upper eyelid has the problem of the brow sagging down onto it. The lower eyelid has the problem of a tiny deposit of fat under our eyelids called the suborbicularis oculi fat (or SOOF) that starts to slip out of place when the fascial layer of tissue loosens, causing it to sink to the tops of our cheeks. This makes the eyes look wide, and creates puffy areas underneath them. There are several ways of fixing this, some more effective than others.
The old way and the new way
The old way is to perform an open lower lid blepharoplasty. Here the surgeon makes an incision under the eyelashes of the lower lid, lifts the skin and muscle and takes the fat out completely.This does get rid of the wrinkles and puffiness, but the absence of the deposit of fat makes the lower eyelid and tear trough look kind of hollow. If the surgeon replaces the SOOFwith fat taken from a different part of the body, it carries the risk that the new lump of fat will be too heavy for the lower lid, creating a much worse situation.
So a surgeon in Charlotte, NC, developedthe SOOF lift blepharoplasty. In this procedure, the surgeon makes the cut on the inside of the eyelid, lifts the SOOF back into place and tightens the fascial layer so as to hold it in place. Recovery time is one to two weeks, and the stitches are taken out after five days, with less swelling than in other forms of lower eyelid surgery. Ask your surgeon about post-operative care.
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.