What is a midface lift?
The midface lift procedure helps rejuvenate the middle part of the face by smoothing smile lines and elevating flat or sagging checks. The procedure lifts and repositions the skin to give the cheeks a more youthful contour. A midface lift is often done in conjunction with a brow lift to retain facial harmony.
Who is a candidate for a midface lift?
The typical patient benefitting from a midface lift has deep smile lines, fallen brow, and hollow eyes. You should also be a non-smoker and in otherwise good health.
How is a midface lift different from a traditional face lift?
A midface lift is focused on the middle one-third of the face. A traditional face lift focuses on the lower one-third of the face from the corners of the mouth to the jaw.
Do the results of a midface lift appear natural?
During a midface lift, the skin is elevated just enough to create a youthful, healthy appearance. Patients often notice that their cheeks seem unusually high immediately after the surgery, but this resolves as the patient heals.
Where are the incisions made for a midface lift?
The incisions are normally made within the hairline, just the width of a drinking straw. Through this small incision Dr Jacono passes an endoscope to limit scarring.
How long does it take to perform a midface lift?
In most cases, the procedure takes about one and one-half to two hours.
Will I have scars?
Since the incisions are discreetly hidden along the lash line, hairline, and inside the mouth, scars are small and well-concealed.
Will I experience a lot of pain?
Each person’s level of pain tolerance is different. Most patients only experience minor discomfort and skin tightness. You will be given pain medication to minimize any postoperative discomfort.
How long is the recovery period following a midface lift?
The external stitches are removed in approximately one week. There is normally swelling and bruising that may take several weeks to resolve. Most patients can return to work within two weeks of the procedure. You should refrain from strenuous physical activity for about three weeks following a midface lift since this could make the swelling and bruising worse.
Is the procedure risky?
Any surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk. The potential complications associated with a midface lift include bleeding, infection, swelling, and numbness.