What a SOOF lift is meant to correct
The SOOF lift blepharoplasty, like other forms of lower lid surgery, is intended to correct excessive drooping of the lower eyelids. How much drooping is excessive is a matter of personal aesthetics, and whether it should be dealt with using surgery or some other means depends on both the patient’s face and the surgeon. Generally, when the whites of your eyes are visible under the iris while you’re looking straight ahead, most facial plastic surgeons would recommend surgery rather than BOTOX or laser treatment.
What causes this drooping is the slow sinking of the suborbicularis oculi fat, a tiny deposit of fat under our lower eyelids. As we age, the fascial layer of tissue, which holds the SOOF in place, loses its grip. This makes the lower eyelids droop and creates puffy areas underneath them which are one of the subtler signs of aging. Reversing this can do a lot to make you look younger.
The advantage of the SOOF lift blepharoplasty
One way to fix this is to remove the SOOF entirely with an open lower lid blepharoplasty. This gets rid of the wrinkles and puffiness, but the missing deposit of fat gives a hollow look to the lower eyelid and tear trough. The surgeon can replace it 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 and makes it pull away from the eyeball, more surgery will be needed right away.
With these procedures seemingly not doing enough, the most experienced facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC decided to come up with a better way to perform cosmetic surgery on the lower eyelid. He developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty, in which 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 so as to hold it in place.This is a much more effective way to recapture the natural look the eyes and mid-face regionhad when the patient was younger.
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.