The mid-face is a vital component to our overall appearance from the neck up. This region comprises of the area from the lower eyelids to the nasolabial folds, which are the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth.
During the aging process, the fatty tissue that normally cushions the cheekbones can begin to sag due to the effects of gravity. The result is less prominent cheekbones and a droopy fold of skin and fat between the nose and the cheek. The sagging fat around the cheeks can also alter the appearance of the lower cheek. For example, bagginess of the lower eyelids often becomes more apparent after the fat of the upper cheek begins to sag. This only exasperates the bagginess of the lower lids, ultimately making us appear more tired or older than we are.
A mid-face lift, also called a cheek lift, can beautifully restore the youthful contour and three-dimensional projection of the mid-face area by addressing the previously mentioned signs of aging. For many, the traditional facelift may not fully treat the upper cheek and lower eyelid areas of the face, which often flatten and lengthen with age. Results are more permanent than those offered by injectables, and recovery from a mid-face lift is quicker than that of a traditional facelift.
In some cases, excess fat from the body may also be transferred to the face to maximize contour and projection. This method of lifting is safe and less invasive.
There are several techniques for mid-face lifting; the best technique is determined by a variety of factors, including the patient’s facial structure, previous surgeries, and individual aesthetic goals.
Before undergoing a cheek lift procedure, it’s important to consider a few of the following key points. Generally, the patient will see their primary care doctor for a physical exam and routine lab work. This is done several weeks prior to the surgery to make sure the client is in good physical health. It’s advised that the client inform the surgeon of any pre-existing medical conditions. Patients who have existing health issues may not be suitable for any invasive cosmetic procedures.
It is important to avoid taking aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for two weeks prior to surgery. These medications may cause abnormal bleeding during surgery or an increase in bruising afterwards. A list of medications and supplements to be mindful of will be detailed during the consultation.
Regular smokers should quit at least a few weeks prior to surgery and hold off as long as possible after the procedure. Smoking can significantly slow the healing process and greatly increase the chance of complications.
It is also advisable to avoid alcohol and excess salt in the days leading up to surgery to prevent the retention of fluid and swelling. The night before your surgery, avoid all food or drink after midnight in order to insure an empty stomach prior to anesthesia. If needed, you may take your essential medications with a tiny sip of water in the early morning of your procedure.
A cheek lift requires general anesthesia or conscious sedation and is performed as an outpatient procedure. This means the patient is authorized to go home once the anesthesia wears off and they’ve arranged for some form of transportation. Recovery typically takes 7 to 10 days, with the majority of patients requiring about a week away from work and all other demanding activities. Some bruising and swelling after the procedure is to be expected and can be eased with ice packs during the first 24 to 48 hours after surgery. Contact us today for a consultation.