The SOOF and how it affects the eyelids
If you’re interested in blepharoplasty, or eyelid surgery, it matters whether you need an operation on the upper eyelids, the lower eyelids or both, because the procedures for them are different — and the SOOF is the best form of lower eyelid surgery. The upper eyelid is almost an extension of the brow, whereas the lower eyelid is close to being an extension of the middle of the face.
A tiny deposit of fat under our the lower eyelid called the suborbicularis oculi fat (or SOOF) is held in place by a fascial layer. This deposit migrates down the cheeks as we get older and creates puffy areas under the eyes. In the old form of lower lid blepharoplasty, the surgeon and takes the fat out completely through an incision under the eyelashes inside the eyelid. This gets rid of the wrinkles and puffiness without creating a visible scar, but it creates a hollow appearance. The surgeon can replace the SOOF with another deposit of fat, but this doesn’t always work.
A better way to do lower eyelid surgery
The top facial plastic surgeon in Charlotte, NC invented a better way to do of lower lid blepharoplasty. This is the SOOF lift. In this procedure, instead of removing the SOOF entirely, the surgeon lifts it back into place and tightens the fascial layer to keep it in place.
If a SOOF lift is the only thing you have done, recovery shouldn’t take more than two weeks and should involve less swelling than a cheek lift. There may, however, be some pain and sensitivity to light. If It’s accompanied by a brow lift or an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, the recovery period will be longer. Ask your SOOF lift surgeon if ice packs are a good idea after the surgery. For the first few days, you should sleep in a sitting position with your neck supported. Don’t do anything strenuous for the next week. The stitches should come out after the first five days. Don’t wear contact lenses for the next two weeks, and try not to rub your eyes.
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 devoted himself completely to facial plastic surgery, including eyelid surgeries, and has frequently taught this procedure to other surgeons. If you are interested in this procedure, call his office or request an online consultation so you can take advantage of the discount on the consultation fee.