- What is a Mid-Face Lift?
- Benefits of a Mid-Face Lift
- The Mid-Face Lift Procedure
- Recovery After Mid-Face Lift
- Who is a Candidate for Mid-Face Lift?
What is a Mid-Face Lift?
The center portion of the face is an area that gets a lot of attention and is also the part of the face where most of our expressions come from. With the passage of time, collagen and elastin production in the skin of the face slows, and this can lead to a loss of elasticity, expression lines, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unlike full facelift surgery, a mid-face lift is designed to tighten the center portion of the face, including the cheek area, the area under the eyes, and the corners of the mouth.
Benefits of a Mid-Face Lift
Mid-face lift surgery can address a number of signs of aging, including:
- Diminishing the appearance of nasolabial folds
- Diminishing the appearance of smile lines
- Lifting and tightening the skin
- Restoring loss facial volume
- Correcting a “hollowed” look under the eyes
- Improving cheekbone contours
- Correcting mild jowling to create a more contoured jawline
- A more youthful appearance and enhanced self-confidence
The Mid-Face Lift Procedure
The first step in preparing for mid-face lift surgery is to attend a personal consultation with one of our board-certified Opthalmic Plastic Surgeons. During this meeting, you will have the opportunity to discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals, and together you will arrive at the best treatment plan for you.
A mid-face lift is an outpatient surgical procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. Depending on your goals, the surgeon will make a series of small incisions, potentially behind the hairline at the temples, in the natural creases under the lower eyelid, and inside of the mouth. Next, fat and muscle will be readjusted and excess skin removed to create a smoother and more youthful appearance before the incisions are closed with sutures.
Recovery After Mid-Face Lift
Each mid-face lift procedure is customized, so each patient’s recovery process looks a little different. You can expect to experience mild swelling and bruising as well as mild discomfort as you recover from a mid-face lift. Most of our patients are able to return to their normal activities after about a week, though you should avoid strenuous activities for several weeks.
Who is a Candidate for Mid-Face Lift?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for a mid-face lift procedure is to consult with one of our Oculoplastic surgeons. In general, candidates for mid-face lift surgery are in good overall health and non-smokers.1
Frequently Asked Questions About Mid-Face Lift
Will I Have Scars After my Mid-Face Lift?
Our cosmetic surgeons are highly skilled at placing incisions in places where they will leave minimal visible scarring, such as behind the hairline or within natural contours of the face. No scarring should result after your mid-face lift.
What are the Risks of a Mid-Face Lift?
Mid-face lift surgery is widely considered to be a safe procedure, but any plastic surgery procedure does carry some risk of side effects. Risks of mid-face lift surgery, while very rare, may include:
- Numbness or changes to skin sensation
- Hair loss at incision lines
- Asymmetrical results2
Working with a highly experienced Opthalmic Plastic surgeon is the best way to ensure optimal mid-face lift results.
Can I Combine a Mid-Face Lift with Other Procedures?
Absolutely. For a more comprehensive facial rejuvenation, our patients may choose to combine mid-face lift surgery with:
Contact Renew Aesthetic Center
If you are interested in learning more about mid-face lift and other cosmetic procedures at Renew Aesthetic Center, please contact us. We proudly serve patients from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Suffolk, Hampton Road, and beyond.
1 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Who is a good candidate for a facelift? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/candidates Accessed January 12, 2022.
2 American Society of Plastic Surgeons. What are the risks of facelift surgery? Available: https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/facelift/safety. Accessed January 12, 2022.