As the years pass, the mid-section of your face (mid-face) starts to lose its supple firmness, developing wrinkles and creases, and beginning to droop and sag. A mid-facelift rejuvenates this area of the face, and the results can be transformational. Is this the procedure that will help you regain your self-esteem, confidence, and empower your life? Find out more by meeting with our friendly, caring staff at Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery.
What Is a Mid-Facelift?
A mid-facelift can be the appropriate procedure for people who are struggling with the early signs of aging, but do not need a full facelift to restore and revitalize the face. The procedure addresses the center portion of your face. A facelift should be customized to treat the areas that need cosmetic help, and in this procedure, the mid-face, rather than brows and neck, is the target zone. The mid-face is obviously a very important to your appearance, as it includes the under-eye area, cheeks and lips. The procedure tightens the skin, muscles, and tissue, which brings the added cosmetic benefit of creating smoothed, refreshed appearance to the cheeks and giving your lips a “happier” look if they have begun to droop at the corners.
How Is a Mid-Facelift Performed?
The mid-face area is extremely important to your overall facial appearance, as this is the area that conveys your emotional responses with smiles and other expressions. As the facial muscles are extremely mobile in this area, over time, creases, wrinkles and fine lines are created. In this procedure, incisions are used to access the muscles around the nose and cheeks, and the skin and tissue is pulled back into the position it had prior to the sagging and drooping. People who have reached their mid-thirties often see a loss of muscle tone and suppleness in this area, with the fat pad on the cheeks drifting down, giving the face an aging or unhappy look when at rest, and a causing a hollow appearance under the eyes. Restoring that area to the position it held in earlier years reduces the appearance of jowls and nasolabial folds (smile lines). In performing a mid-facelift, we emphasize creating a natural look – you’ll appear younger, refreshed, and rejuvenated rather than being left with a tight, pulled appearance.
Mid Facelift vs Regular Facelift
A full facelift is a more extensive procedure, as it covers all three sections of the face – brow, midface, and neck. Also called a “cheeklift,” the mid-facelift targets one area, and is appropriate for those who are struggling with the early signs of aging, with the cheek pad drifting downwards, creating deep smile lines and a hollowness under the eyes. It repositions the skin on the cheeks to restore lost fullness that occurs as the tissues drift downward. As the procedure is less extensive, the recovery time is shorter, but the results can bring about a significant improvement.
Am I A Candidate for A Mid-Facelift?
If you have noticed that your cheeks have lost the fullness of your younger years, and the tissue seems to be drifting downwards or you have deepening smile lines, a mid-facelift may be the procedure that will revitalize your facial appearance. The best candidates are in good overall health and have a realistic concept about what the procedure can achieve. At Allure Esthetic Plastic Surgery in Seattle, we are open and honest with our patients, and believe that good communication and honest guidance is the key to giving our patients the results they envision.
Most patients who have this procedure do so after seeing the facial skin beginning to sag in their mid-thirties, but every person is different in how they age. The mid-facelift restores the padding beneath the bony rim at the bottom of the eye socket, with the added benefit of producing a younger look to the eye area without the need for eye surgery. It softens and smooths the smile lines by subtly raising the cheeks. If you are interested in restoring a more youthful look to your face, and are in good general health, we urge you to meet with us to evaluate the condition of your facial skin and underlying muscle structure to determine if this is the procedure that will give you the results you want.
What to Expect with A Mid-Facelift
A mid-facelift is a delicate procedure, and should only be performed by a highly skilled plastic surgeon. As the surgery involves the facial muscles rather than just pulling the skin, a full understanding of facial muscular structure is critical for a lovely outcome. The results can be far more natural in appearance than earlier types of facial surgeries – a big advantage. It takes about one hour to ninety minutes to perform.
Recovery from A Mid-Facelift
Typically performed on younger patients, the recovery involves some swelling, bruising, and inflammation, as well as pain at the incision sites -- easily controlled with pain medication. After about one week, most patients can return to work. Plan on resting and avoiding any excessive motion for a few days, and keeping your head elevated during the day and during the sleep hours to aid in the healing process.