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What Is a Mid-Face Lift?

Details Of a Mid-Face Lift

Also known as a cheek lift, a mid-face lift is much like a regular facelift in that it is cosmetic surgery designed to lessen or reverse the appearance of aging. Unlike a regular facelift, it is designed to address one of the earliest signs of maturing: the sinking and lowering of the muscles in the cheeks. The surgical procedure involves a full treatment of the lower eyelid areas and the upper cheeks, which tend to lengthen and flatten with age.

How Does a Mid-Face Lift Work?

In surgery, the doctor will make a number of incisions to lift the fat pad inside of the cheek, known as the malar fat pad. When healed, this will provide an added fullness underneath the eyes and in the cheek area, giving the patient a younger, refreshed look. The effects are much more permanent than injectables.

Mid-Face Lift Versus a Traditional Facelift

A mid-face lift can be done on its own or in addition to a traditional facelift. When added as an extra step, the procedure on the middle of the face is given special attention. When done separate from a traditional facelift, a mid-face lift recovery is much quicker.

What are the Qualifications?

A mid-face lift has some basic requirements. However, it very much depends on the opinion of the surgeon and can vary person to person. The most basic qualifications are sagging below the cheeks and hollowness below the eyes. Individuals must not have any health condition that will interfere with the healing process or increase the risk of surgery. The patient must also have realistic goals about their appearances and keep a positive outlook.

The Recovery Process

Complete recovery can take from seven to ten days, with most patients requiring about a week away from work or regular activity. Patients will have some bruising and swelling, treated with cool compresses for the first day or two. Individuals may leave the surgery center after the anesthesia wears off, provided that he or she has someone to drive home. It is recommended someone watch the individual for at least 24 hours after the surgery.

As far as appearance, an individual can expect the affected area to look over-corrected for a short time. The results will be immediately noticeable and may be shocking. Over time, however, the cheek will settle back down into a more natural position. The patient will be required to follow up with their surgeon after recovering.