What is a mid-facelift?
The lower eyelids and cheeks are for many people their biggest problem of facial ageing. A traditional facelift may not entirely treat the upper cheek and lower eyelid areas of the face, so they might opt to have a mid-facelift instead.
A mid-facelift, also known as a cheek lift, elevates the cheeks, restores the under-eye area and gives a youthful and rejuvenated appearance to the whole face.
With age, the cheeks below the lower eyelids begin to droop and the lower eyelids lose their strength and become saggy. Sometimes, deep grooves develop between the lower eyelid and the cheek, often called a tear-trough. The cheek sags so that a fold also develops between the nose and the corner of the mouth along a line called the nasolabial fold.
Mid-facelifts try to remove these problems by lifting this mid-portion of the face to restore a youthful look. Mid-facelifts can be performed at different levels in the face depending on the patient’s preference and ageing.
Midface lifts can also be used to correct problems from conventional lower eyelid blepharoplasty surgery. This involves pulling down the lower eyelid.
Mid-facelifts are generally more complex than conventional facelifts and patients should expect a longer recovery time.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure is usually done under general anaesthetic but can also be done using local anaesthesia with sedation. A surgeon might decide to make incisions in the lower eyelid similar to those of lower blepharoplasty. Othertimes, mid-facelifts can be done by making incisions in the hair around the temple region and inside the mouth or using long incisions within the hair just above each ear.
Afterwards, the incisions are made, the front cheeks are lifted bringing with it the layers of muscles and tissues of the front of the cheeks and repositioning them higher up the cheekbone. Endoscopes and special instruments are used to help the surgeon during this process. When the surgeon has finished, stitches will be used to close the incisions.
How should you prepare for a mid-facelift?
Before undergoing a mid-facelift, you should follow the instructions of your surgeon, which may involve not taking blood thinners, drinking alcohol or smoking. As with any surgery that involves general anaesthesia, you should not eat on the day prior to your operation.
What is recovery like?
After waking up, you will have a swollen and bruised face. Your face will also be wrapped in a garment which you should wear for about a week. The recovery time is roughly around 2-3 weeks until you will be able to return to normal activities. You can expect to see your final results without bruising, wounds or swelling after 2-4 months.
How long does it last?
It’s not possible to know exactly how long the effect will last because of people age and heal in different ways. However, it is expected to last for 10-15 years. It can also depend on the age of someone at the time of the procedure and the possible hormonal changes from menopause.