The midface lift is a procedure that helps restore a more youthful look to the cheek area. This is an area of the face that is not always effectively treated by the traditional facelift procedure. As we age, the cheek area begins to droop. In many cases this results in unwanted flattening of the cheek, which contributes to a tired, aged look. In addition, this can reveal unwanted puffiness below the eyes and deepening of the smile lines (as the cheek begins to hang down).
The midface lift helps reverse these signs of aging by restoring and enhancing cheek volume. Using incisions that are essentially hidden, the underlying cheek muscle and soft tissue are elevated and lifted. The tissue is repositioned higher on the cheek so that the cheek volume and prominence is restored. The midface lift also helps the lower eyelid naturally blend with the cheek. The procedure also helps “soften” and remove the deep smile line crease.
The midface lift can be done under deep sedation or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure. It is usually performed in an outpatient surgery center though in rare cases some patients can elect to have the procedure done in the office-based setting with local anesthesia. Many patients opt to have the midface lift while undergoing other procedures such as a facelift and browlift. The surgery takes only a few hours with limited swelling and bruising that may last for several days. Patients are advised to sleep with the head elevated and apply ice compresses during the first few days. Any pain that patients experience is well controlled with low-dose prescription medication. Patients are usually able to return to work within seven to ten days after the midface lift and often sooner for those not bothered by any residual swelling.
Overall, the midface lift procedure is ideal for patients who have unwanted drooping in their midface and/or a hollow look under the lower eyelids. Midface lift patients often complain of a tired, aged look to the midface. Some have never had significant volume or contour over the cheekbone while others have seen a significant drop in contour due to sagging of the cheek fat pad. Some patients who are considering possible cheek augmentation with a cheek implant may also be candidates for the midface lift. For a procedure that is minimally invasive, the results can be quite dramatic and long lasting. Come in today to see if you are a candidate for the midface lift.
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