The mid-facelift raises the high points of the cheeks to were they once were for a rounder, younger appearance to combat the tell-tale signs of aging in the face, particularly loss of volume as well as sagging. The procedure focuses on the inferior portion of the lower eyelid which meets the cheek junction. A sagging mid-face would have a hollowed out concave region where the lower eyelid meets the cheek. This may lead to a deeper nasolabial fold where the trailing edge of the mid-face has descended.
HOW IS A MID FACELIFT PERFOMED
During the procedure, board-certified oculofacial and cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert M. Schwarcz raises the cheeks for a fuller appearance. He can access the mid-face either through an incision hidden on the inside of the lower eyelid or on the inside of the mouth where the upper row of teeth meet the inside of the lip. The incision could also be made in the hair-bearing area of the temple and accessed endoscopically via a small camera. Often times a cheek implant, tear trough implant, or fat injections are placed in the area of the mid-face to add volume to the area lifted. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation. Swelling typically lasts about a week.
This surgery could be performed as an initial cosmetic procedure or as a reconstructive surgery to correct an underlying problem from a previous surgery or facelift gone wrong.
To determine if this is the right procedure for you, it is best to set up a consultation with Dr. Schwarcz and his staff. During the consultation, the doctor will discuss your options, goals and whether the mid-facelift procedure will address your concerns.