The area between the lower eyelids and the mouth is considered the mid-face. As patients age, the effects of gravity and repeated muscle contraction can cause the skin, fat, and muscles of the mid-face to move downward. This can cause any or any combination of the following:
- Saggy or flat cheeks
- Puffy or sallow lower eyelids
- Circle development around the eyes
It is also common for the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth to deepen. An endoscopic mid-facelift is a procedure that can be used to restore the natural curves and fullness of the mid-face by moving underlying soft tissues back to their normal, more youthful positions.
What is a Mid-Facelift?
A mid facelift (also called a cheek lift) restores the natural curves and fullness of the cheeks by moving the underlying soft tissue back to its normal, more youthful position. This is achieved by elevating the soft mid-face tissue from the bone, repositioning it upward towards the eyes, and fixating it in place until it adheres naturally to the bone.
This is achieved by using the Endotine mid-face device. This restores cheek volume and establishes younger looking mid-face contours. The result will be a natural, revitalized appearance that doesn’t look overdone or too pulled.
When performed skillfully, a cheek lift will deliver a natural, but noticeable more youthful improvement. A mid facelift is often performed with other surgeries, such as a lower facelift, eyelid surgery, or a brow lift. However, for many younger patients under 45 years old, a mid-face suspension can be a standalone procedure.
During a mid-face suspension procedure, your cosmetic surgeon will carefully make small incisions in the area above the ear or the lower eyelid, and in some cases, through the underside of the upper lip. A small endoscope and other specially designed surgical instruments are introduced through the incisions to lift the delicate mid-face tissues off the cheekbones. Once lifted, these tissues are repositioned upward (toward the eye) and to the side (toward the ear).
Mid-face suspension surgery is often performed under IV sedation. Patients typically return home on the same day. Surgical dressings, if used, are removed soon after surgery, and any tissue swelling related to the procedure gradually diminishes.
An endoscopic mid-facelift is usually performed under intravenous (IV) sedation. During the procedure, the following steps occur:
- Incisions. Small incisions are carefully made in the area above the ear or lower eyelid. In some cases, incisions are made through the underside of the upper lip.
- Tissue Lift. A small endoscope and tiny surgical instruments are introduced through the incisions and used to lift the mid-face tissues off the cheekbones.
- Tissue Reposition. Once tissues are lifted, they are repositioned upward (toward the eye) and to the side (toward the ear) and fixated using a special absorbable fixation device called Endotine.
Incisions are carefully closed using absorbable sutures. Sterile dressings are placed over the incisions. Patients typically return home shortly after their procedure.
Patients may experience swelling and discomfort for the first few days after surgery. This gradually diminishes in a short period of time. There usually is very little to no pain associated with recovery. Patients typically return to work and normal activities about two weeks after their procedure. Post-operative check-up appointments are made to ensure healing occurs properly and patients receive maximum results.
Patients who choose to have their endoscopic mid-facelift performed by one of the specialists at Wave Plastic Surgery receive a natural and revitalized appearance. They appear more youthful and energetic. In some cases, patients combine their procedure with a lower facelift, eyelid surgery, or a brow lift for complete facial rejuvenation results.
Patients who are interested in improving the appearance of their mid-face are encouraged to make an appointment with one of the specialists at Wave Plastic Surgery. For many patients, an endoscopic face-lift procedure is the treatment solution that provides them with the new and improved look they have always wanted.
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