Mid-face Lift (Cheek Lift)
The mid-face lift or a Cheek Lift is a minimally invasive procedure designed to restore a sagging cheek. The mid-face lift improves the appearance of drooping in the cheek and deep folds around the corners of the nose called the nasolabial folds. A mid-face lift can be performed in conjunction with other procedures or as an isolated procedure alone. The following are the most common questions asked about a surgical mid-face lift procedure.
How is the actual cheek lift procedure performed?
The mid-face lift or Cheek Lift procedure is performed in man different ways depending on a thorough exam of facial anatomy, individual aging and the patient and the surgeon’s preference. A mid-face lift can be performed by using non-surgical methods such as facial injectable fillers and Botulinum toxin A (Botox®) or surgical techniques.
One surgical method is endoscopic mid-face lift. Dr. Bolourian makes the same incisions made for the endoscopic brow lift. This includes a few small incisions which are placed in a well-concealed location within the hair-bearing scalp. Working through the incisions, Dr. Bolourian then uses minimally invasive techniques to lift the sagging cheek tissue to a more youthful position. An endoscope functions as a viewing device. It consists of a tubular probe fitted with a tiny camera and bright light, which is inserted through a small incision; and a viewing screen to magnify the transmitted images of the mid-face and forehead. The surgeon watches the screen while moving the tube through the surgical area.
Another surgical technique is direct access Cheek Lift via concealed incisions under the eye. The cheek muscle along with other descended components of the cheek are lifted, positioned and secured in their natural youthful anatomic locations. This procedure is primarily used for individuals seeking lower eyelid rejuvenation as well as a mid-face lift.
What can I expect during a consultation for a cheek lift?
During your consultation for a mid-face lift, Dr. Bolourian will perform a complete facial analysis which will help to determine the best procedure to meet your desired results. You will also have the opportunity to discuss your questions, concerns and post-operative care.
What type of anesthesia is used for the cheek lift?
The mid-face lift is often performed with local anesthesia and/or sedation.
Are there scars after a mid-face lift?
The incisions made for the mid-face lift, and their resulting scars, are typically hidden or well concealed as they are placed within the hair-bearing scalp or under the eye fold (crease). As with all of his surgeries, Dr. Bolourian uses the smallest incisions necessary to perform the mid-face lift.
Is the mid-face lift procedure painful?
There is little to no discomfort during the mid-face lift surgery due to the anesthesia that is used. After the procedure, patients typically experience minimal discomfort when relieved though the use of prescribed medication.
What is the recovery like after the mid-face lift?
The recovery after a mid-face lift generally lasts between seven and ten days. Swelling and bruising may occur but will fade within one to two weeks. Some itching of the incisions, as well as possible numbness, may occur as you heal.
How much time will I need to take off from work after my mid-face lift surgery?
Recovery after the mid-face lift is relatively short, lasting between seven to ten days, and patients are typically able to return to work after this time and sometimes beforehand.
How soon after my mid-face lift surgery can I exercise?
Light walking-type exercise can typically be resumed within 4-5 days after undergoing the mid-face lift, though more strenuous activities may need to be postponed for about two to three weeks as these may increase swelling, prolong healing, and risk bleeding.
When are the stitches removed after the mid-face lift procedure?
Any surface sutures/staples used are typically removed within seven to ten days after the mid-face lift procedure.