How SOOF lift blepharoplasty was invented
The SOOF lift blepharoplasty is a way to look younger by moving the suborbicularis oculi fat (SOOF), 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. As we age, the SOOF sinks down to the tops of our cheeks.
The old-fashioned way of dealing with this is to remove the SOOF completely. This does get rid of the bags under the eyes, but it also leaves the lower eyelid and tear trough looking strangely hollow. The surgeon can replace the SOOF with another deposit of fat taken from somewhere else, but this may not last and sometimes goes badly wrong.
The SOOF lift blepharoplasty was developed by a facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC. This procedure involves making a cut on the inside of the eyelid, moving the SOOF back to its original place and retightening the connective tissue to hold it there. This is a more effective way to reverse the effects of aging.
Preparing for a SOOF lift and the recovery period
Preparing for a SOOF lift blepharoplasty is like preparing for other forms of surgery. Don’t smoke, drink, take aspirin or ibuprofen or certain herbal supplements before the surgery. Get someone to drive you home afterwards. You can expect bruising for a few weeks, and also some swelling, redness and dryness in your eyes.
Go easy on your eyes for the next few weeks. Don’t wear eye makeup or contact lenses, and wear sunglasses when you go outside, especially during the summer. Don’t spend too much time reading, watching TV or Netflix or working on the computer. (It’s a good idea to have lots of music and books on tape handy before you go through with this.) You may want to take the occasional nap during the recovery period, so as to give your eyes more chances to rest. Try not to bend over, exercise too hard or do anything else that will raise the blood pressure in your head and eyes. Also, try not to do anything that will result in tears.
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.