What is a cheek or midface-lift?
With the aging process, patients often experience sagging of the cheeks or volume loss, resulting in a tired or sunken appearance. There are various techniques for mid-face lifting depending on the patients needs. This can include fillers such as Voluma, Sculptra, to minimally invasive midface or short scar face-lifting, fat transfer, or cheek implants. Treatments may be performed in an office setting or under light sedation in an outpatient surgery setting. Dr. Amato offers same day treatment as your consultation for facial fillers. She uses particular dermal fillers that restore cheek volume and minimize the folds around the mouth resulting from a heavy cheek (nasolabial folds). Results are instant. Bruising and swelling can occur for the first few days after the procedure.
What does surgery entail for mid-face lifting?
After a consultation, patients will undergo a review of their health history, exam and blood pressure. Patients are often instructed to stop blood thinners 2 weeks before surgery and obtain medical clearance if necessary.Dr. Amato performs same day minimally invasive surgery techniques with incisions hidden in the eyelid smile lines, or in the hairline endoscopically with small incisions. She may insert a cheek implant or lift the underlying tissue beneath the skin with sutures to resuspend the cheek. Sutures are often dissolvable and scarring is minimal. Surgery lasts 1-2 hours at an outpatient facility under IV or light general anesthesia.
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What is the healing process after mid-face or cheek lift?
Pain is minimal after surgery, and most patients do not take pain medication the next day. Ice packs is essential to improve swelling and bruising after surgery for the first few days. Patients can have blurred vision with the use of ointment around the eyes and facial swelling. Majority of post-operative bruising and swelling lasts for the first few weeks and incisions will continue to fade and final results will b seen 6-12 months after surgery. Dr. Amato is experienced in all facets of midface lifting and will help you determine the optimal plan for you at your consultation.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ABOUT MIDFACE-LIFT SURGERY
A midface-lift, sometimes called a cheek lift, addresses the area between your upper lip and lower eyelid. The procedure is ideal for men and women with deep hollows and eye bags beneath their eyes, pronounced smile lines, and those who are seeking to improve the appearance of their midface and cheek areas.
The midface-lift is performed under local or IV sedation, and as an in-office procedure or in an outpatient surgery setting.
For the midface-lift, Dr. Amato makes a series of tiny incisions placed in well-concealed locations within the hair-bearing scalp. Working through the incisions, she then uses minimally-invasive techniques to lift the sagging cheek tissue to a more natural and youthful position.
The surgical time for a midface-lift takes between one and two hours to complete.
It’s unlikely that you will experience excessive pain during your recovery. There will be a sensation of tightness in your skin, which is caused by the swelling. Discomfort can be controlled with medications, which Dr. Amato will prescribe.
The incisions made for the midface-lift are tiny and hidden, as they are placed within the hair-bearing scalp, resulting in small, well-concealed scars. As with all her surgeries, Dr. Amato uses the smallest incisions necessary to perform the midface-lift.
You can expect your recovery after a midface-lift to take between seven and ten days. Swelling and bruising may occur, but this should fade within a few weeks. There may be some itching and numbness at your incisions sites as you heal.
Recovery after a midface-lift is relatively short, lasting between seven and ten days. Patients are typically able to return to work after this period, and sometimes even sooner.
Exercise such as light walking can typically be resumed within one week after undergoing the midface-lift. More strenuous activities should be avoided for about three weeks, as excessive exertion may increase swelling, prolong the healing process, and increase the risk of bleeding.
Any surface sutures or staples are typically removed within seven to ten days after the midface-lift procedure.