Everyone wants to look their best. But there are times when age and nature leave us feeling like our best is no longer within our grasp. There are several different options available for countering the effects of time and gravity on our bodies. One that is less invasive, while still being very successful, is the Mid-Face Lift.
Understanding the Mid-Face Lift
As we age, gravity works its magic on all parts of the body, including the face. A Mid-Face Lift will restore the natural appearance of the face as it lifts the cheeks. The soft tissues in the check will be raised and tightened, leaving the patient looking younger, healthier, and more energetic. This procedure is also referred to as a Cheek Lift, or SOOF Suspension.
The results of this procedure are excellent. The cheek that has sagged will be moved back up towards the temple. The entire procedure is typically less invasive than a full face-lift, and will require less healing time overall. The fat of the cheek will once again be over the cheekbone, giving you a rosy, fresh look. The finished look is natural, attractive, and will leave you finally feeling like you look your best. Patients are left looking more youthful. The results typically last as long as those of full face-lifts.
The wrinkles that gradually develop between the outside edges of the nostrils and the mouth are also lightened and improved with this procedure. Whether they are called laugh lines or frown lines, you will feel better once they are smoothed out and reduced in appearance.
Neck and chin tissue that has begun to sag will not be affected. In order to correct those problems, patients should choose the more detailed full face-lift. However, simply raising the cheeks back into position can help draw attention away from those other problem areas, particularly if they are mild in nature.
Most patients take about a week off from work, as well as refraining from their regular activities, for the surgery and the initial recovery period. Ice should be used for the first one to two days to help reduce swelling. It is normal for patients to experience swelling and bruising in the check and possibly the eyelid. This can last for up to three months. Numbness under the eyes and general muscle weakness over the center of the face may also occur for a short time after the procedure. The lateral corner of the eye may also experience some swelling, bruising or general distortion. Over time, the swelling and discomfort will fade and you will be left with the gorgeous face you remember from your younger years.
General anesthesia is used for this procedure. The cosmetic surgeon will work through the lower eyelid, avoiding the appearance of any scarring. The incision will follow along the eyelid into the corner, or the “lateral cantus”. A flap of muscle and skin extending down from the lower eyelid can then be lifted, allowing the surgeon to access the cheekbone itself. Excess fat can then be either removed or repositioned. The cheek fat can then be pulled up and sutured into place.
Alternatively, the procedure can be done using an endoscope that will insert tiny fiber optic lenses through small incision that are carefully placed. The lens has a camera, which feed to a monitor so the surgeon can work. The incisions are no more a half-inch in size and allow for the scalpels, scissors and retractors to be used.
If people are always asking you why you’re so sad, or if something is bothering you, it may be time to consider the Mid-Face Lift. This procedure will leave you looking fresh and youthful, so that the joy you have on the inside can finally show through on the outside.