A SOOF lift blepharoplasty is subtle but effective
A SOOF lift blepharoplasty is a kind of eyelid surgery performed on the lower lid, which can be done to correct defects, or just for cosmetic reasons. A SOOF lift blepharoplasty is a subtle but effective way to make you look younger. It eliminates one of the signs of aging that most people don’t think about much — the bags and circles that form under the eyes. These circles create an impression of age, exhaustion and lack of sleep.
A quick guide to lower lid surgery
SOOF stands for suborbicularis oculi fat, a tiny deposit of fat under the lower eyelid. In younger people, it’s right underneath the eyelid, held in place by a layer of connective tissue called the fascial layer. As we grow older, the fascial layer loosens and the SOOF sinks down to the tops of our cheeks. This creates a puffy appearance under the eyes.
The old-fashioned way of dealing with this would be to remove the SOOF completely in an open lower lid blepharoplasty. While this gets rid of the bags under the eyes, it also leaves the lower eyelid and tear trough looking unnaturally hollow. The SOOF can be replaced with a deposit of fat of equal size taken from somewhere else, but this doesn’t always last and it sometimes goes disastrously wrong.
The SOOF lift was developed by a facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. In this procedure the surgeon makes a cut on the inside of the eyelid, moves the SOOF back to its original place and retightens the fascial layer to hold it there. This is a natural reversal of the natural effects of aging.
Preparing for a SOOF lift is like preparing for other forms of surgery. If you smoke, stop — among other things, it slows healing. Get someone to drive you home after the surgery. There will be bruising for a few weeks. There may be some swelling, redness and dryness in your eyes. You will heal faster if you don’t use eye makeup or contact lenses.
The doctor who developed the SOOF lift blepharoplasty as an alternative to the traditional procedure is Dr. Sean Freeman, the best facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. 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 only facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgeries, and has often taught this procedure to other surgeons. If you are interested in a SOOF lift, call his office or request an online consultation for a discount on the consultation fee.