While a traditional facelift can bring dramatic improvements to your lower facial appearance, it doesn’t always address the cheeks and lower eyelid areas adequately. When the signs of aging are concentrated around the cheeks, nose and eyes, a midface lift is often more appropriate.
This procedure lifts your cheeks, softening the heaviness and deep folds between the nose and upper lip. Midface lifting is often performed with lower eyelid surgery to improve the entire cheek-lower lid complex.
What you need to know
- A midface lift procedure can take about 2 hours to perform. Midface lifting procedures are usually performed in the operating room with IV sedation or general anesthesia.
- Immediate swelling, and bruising are common after the procedure and will improve over the first 1-2 weeks. Some mild amounts of swelling will take about 6 months to fully resolve.
- You will want 2 weeks to recover from this procedure. You may engage work remotely during this time, but we will ask you to refrain from exercise or any exertional activity for this period of 2 weeks after the procedure.
- Results of your surgical procedure should last 10 years (or more) depending on the surgical technique performed and your body’s unique response to the procedure. A midface lift is often performed simultaneously with a lower eyelid blepharoplasty (lower eyelid lift), and sometimes with other facial cosmetic procedures, such as facelift, chin implant, upper eyelid surgery, a brow lift, or rhinoplasty to restore facial balance, and provide a natural rejuvenation.