The mid-face lift or cheek lift is cosmetic surgery to restore the natural shape of your lower eyelids and cheeks. With aging your skin loses elasticity and tone, causing your cheeks to sag and eyes to appear tired. The cheeklift is mean to correct under-eye puffiness, indentations of the upper cheek, and prominent nasal folds. This plastic surgery procedure is often sought because it provides a natural and youthful appearance without an overdone face lift or pulled-up look.
A mid-face lift is a highly individualized procedure. Good candidates for a mid-face lift include:
Individuals with heaviness below the cheeks
Individuals with hollowness beneath the eyes
Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase risk of surgery
Individuals with a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of their appearance.
Do I need anesthesia for the Midface Lift?
Yes, the Midface Lift is generally performed with local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.
Where are the incisions for a Midface Lift?
This is an excellent question. Because this surgery is performed endoscopically, incisions generally measure about one and a half inches in length. These incisions hidden in the hair (your hair will not be cut or shaved) above your ears, with two far smaller incisions (again, hidden in the hair) higher up in the hair-bearing scalp. As he does with all of his procedures and surgeries, Dr. Jen Chow will use the smallest incisions possible for your Midface Lift.
How do I know if I need a Midface Lift or a Facelift?
A large number of factors, including your age, your genetic disposition, the amount of sun exposure and sun protection you have had, your skin type, and your history of tobacco use can all affect facial aging. When aging has occurred in the lower face and neck, the traditional facelift or mini-facelift are useful for rejuvenation. The Midface Lift is used for rejuvenation in the middle third of the face, between the eyes and the upper lip. The best way to know for certain what is best for you is to consult with your facial plastic surgeon.
What if I’m not satisfied with the results?
If a patient is not satisfied with the results of their mid-face lift due to an “overcorrected” look, the suspension system used in the minimally-invasive cheek lift approach can be adjusted to raise or lower the fat pad. By cutting one stitch through the minimal incision in the hairline, the plastic surgeon can easily make adjustments to the position of the fat pad, allowing the patient and surgeon to agree on the best position followed by the suture being re-secured.