The SOOF lift is an improvement on lower eyelid surgery
SOOF lift is a kind of blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, which is performed on the lower eyelid. It’s a tiny, subtle change to the face that can create a much younger appearance. It’s a lot like a cheek lift, but causes less swelling, leading to a shorter recovery time — about one to two weeks. The surgeon will remove the stitches after five days. Ask your surgeon for advice on how to care for yourself after the SOOF lift.
One of the signs of advancing age, along with the formation of wrinkles around the corners of our eyes, is the sinking of a tiny deposit of fat under our eyelids called the suborbicularis oculi fat (or SOOF). This deposit sinks to the tops of our cheeks as the fascial layer of tissue, which holds it in place, loses its grip. The effect of this is to make your eyes look wider than they really are and creates little puffy areas underneath them. These puffy areas are one of the signs of aging most people aren’t consciously aware of, so getting rid of them makes people think you look younger without realizing exactly why. (Cosmetic surgery is a lot like stage magic — the illusion only really works when you can’t see how it was done.)
How a SOOF lift is different
A SOOF lift consists of lifting the SOOF back into place and tightening the fascial layer so it stays there. This creates a more natural appearance, with less risk of failure, than removing the SOOF entirely as is done in some other procedures, such as an open lower lid blepharoplasty, in which the surgeon makes an incision under the eyelashes of the lower lid, lifts the skin and muscle and removes the fat. While this does take care of the wrinkles and puffiness, the absence of the deposit of fat gives a hollow look to the lower eyelid and tear trough. The SOOF can be replaced by another deposit of fat taken from a different part of the body, but this doesn’t always take. Hence the SOOF lift.
Getting a SOOF lift blepharoplasty in Charlotte
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.