For individuals with sagging cheeks but no jowls or banding of the neck, a mid-face lift may be the best solution. Often relying on endoscope cameras and other technological advances, mid-face lifts target the skin and muscle tissue in the cheeks, tightening and smoothing the appearance. Most persons opting for a mid-face lift are addressing deep marionette lines or nasolabial folds. These can be addressed with Gore-Tex implants or injectable materials, but a mid-face lift is often more effective and the results last considerably longer.
Best Candidates for the Procedure:
The procedure is attractive to busy consumers who do not have time nor money for a whole facelift and those who just want a somewhat younger appearance. Of course, good health is the basic prerequisite for any surgical procedure. You can get an idea of the likely results by putting a finger next to the corner of your lip and gently elevating upward and outward. You may be a good candidate for a mid-facelift if you have a deep line running from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth. Or, if you have jowls and the loss of a well-defined jawline or deep wrinkles in your cheeks and sagging near your cheekbones.
General Information About The Procedure:
Many surgeons will use endoscopic technology to perform a mid-face lift, making small incisions above the ear and by the temple. Additional incisions are made inside the mouth over the cheek bone. All of the incisions made in an endoscopic mid-face lift procedure are very small-usually around one inch long. Permanent stitches secure the fat pads of the cheek to the tissue in the temple, and the surgeon performing the mid-face lift will insert several strategic sutures to achieve the desired look. Whether the mid-face lift is accomplished through endoscopic or traditional surgery, the process involves less trauma than a full face lift, as less tissue is affected in a mid-face lift procedure.
Typical Recovery Time:
Most patients undergoing a mid-face lift require only a week off from work or other regular activities. There is usually minimal bruising associated with a mid-face lift, but some swelling may occur. Using ice for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a mid-face lift can help control swelling.
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