The aging process affects the face’s mid portion the most. Relaxed skin combined with gravity causes facial fat to migrate downward. This causes a lengthening effect on the face. In addition, the areas beneath the eyes and cheekbones can appear to have more hollows than before, adding to an individual’s aged look. Wrinkles from years of repeated contractions of the muscles due to facial expressions can also appear. The mid face lift addresses these issues, and can result in a face that’s much more youthful.
The Mid Facelift Procedure
There are two ways to perform a midface lift, or cheek lift. The first is to make a small incision in the lower lash line or nasolabial fold. This process suits those patients needing tissue to be lifted upward. For those needing tissue to be moved and lifted both vertically and diagonally, the second technique is used. This technique involves making incisions in the temples behind the hairline.
Both techniques involve making deep, but small, incisions in the face’s muscle tissue. Next, muscle and fat tissue are adjusted by pulling in order to tighten and smooth the skin. Sutures are then used to close the incisions, and the healing process is started. Depending on the surgeon’s preference, the procedure can also be viewed internally with the insertion of an endoscope into the incisions. Anesthesia is used in mid face lift surgery, and the surgery can take from two to four hours, depending on the needs of the patient.
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Midface Lift Recovery
Following mid face lift surgery, recovery time usually lasts about one week. Unlike more invasive facelift procedures, mid face lift surgery involves less swelling and bruising. However, recovery time is still necessary.
On the day of the procedure, patients are strongly urged to have a ride home, as the effects of anesthesia can last for many hours following the procedure’s end. As well, this type of surgery will mean that a patient’s head will be bandaged and they may feel some discomfort.
Light activity is usually recommended for the week following surgery. This can mean enlisting help with activities like cleaning and cooking. Pain medication may also be prescribed, as well as a drainage tube inserted behind the ear to reduce the risk of fluid and blood collection under the skin.
Mid-Face Lift Risks and Complications
Most of the risks and complications associated with facelift surgery are temporary and non-serious. Normal reactions to mid face lift surgery include numbness, swelling and discoloration of the skin. These reactions can be evident for up to two weeks after the surgery is performed. Elevation and immobility of the head is recommended during the first few days after surgery.
Reaction to anesthesia is also a risk, with some patients experiencing nausea. However, this usually disappears in a few hours. The collection of blood or fluid is possible if a drainage tube is not inserted. This may require future minor surgery to drain the site. Other complications can include infection and scarring.
How much does a mid facelift (cheek lift) cost?
The typical cost for a mid facelift ranges from $6,000 to $11,000, which includes surgeon fees, fees for anesthesia, and facility fees.
What procedures can be combined with a cheek lift?
A midface lift can be safely combined with procedures such as cheek augmentation, face and neck lift, a brow lift, and belpharoplasty.
What is the recovery like after a midface lift?
Most patients experience minimal discomfort with most swelling resolved by the first week.
How soon can I return to work after a cheek lift?
Most patients return to work and normal activity after 7 to 10 days, although some swelling may still be present.