What is a mid-facelift (cheek lift)?
Also known as a cheek lift, this procedure lifts sagging cheeks, smoothing out those furrows that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and lifting up the corners of the mouth. It helps improve early jowling, and also helps reverse and camouflage aging changes below the eyes. For many of us, aging causes the shape of the face to become more oval. The mid-facelift restores a more triangular shape with the youthful appearance of higher cheekbones. Since the improvement comes without visible incisions, this minimally invasive mid face lift is very popular among both men and women.
It can be done by itself, or in combination with other procedures, such as a eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), brow lift, a full facelift, or laser skin resurfacing.
The endoscopic mid facelift is popular worldwide and Dr. Fante is among the innovators who created and refined the procedure. He has published peer-reviewed articles and lectured on the subject to his fellow physicians in the USA, South America, and Europe.
How does a mid-facelift compare to a full facelift?
Who is a good candidate for a mid-facelift?
You are are a good candidate if you’re:
- Over 30
- In good general health
- Realistic in your expectations of the outcome
How is an endoscopic mid-facelift performed?
“Endoscopic” means using an endoscope, which is a narrow surgical tube with a tiny fiberoptic lens and a tiny camera at one end. It’s connected to a television monitor, and Dr. Fante can see on the screen a close-up view of what he’s working on.
Depending on your specific circumstances, your procedure can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes.
Benefits of working endoscopically
What sort of anesthetic is used for a mid-facelift?
It can be done with either a local anesthetic combined with some IV sedation, or with general anesthesia. Dr. Fante will discuss this with you.
Can I have other procedures done at the same time as my cheek lift?
Yes. A mid face lift is often done in conjunction with other procedures, such as:
- Neck lifts and other facelifts
- Eyelid surgery
- Chemical peels
- Laser skin resurfacing
You can ask Dr. Fante about combinations you’d like to have, and discuss the possibilities before anything is done.
What should I expect after my mid-facelift (cheek lift)?
Get lots of sleep and rest and don’t worry about things; that will help you heal more quickly.
Typically, the recovery period for most facial surgery lasts about 2 weeks. However, for many people who have endoscopic mid face lift, the recovery time is shorter than 2 weeks.
Will there be scars?
All incisions leave scars. For a mid facelift, skin incisions are placed behind the hairline, so the small residual scars can be easily covered by your hair. Another pair of small incisions are made inside your upper lip, and so are never visible to anyone but your dentist.
We’re all different when it comes to scarring, and it’s partly determined by our heredity. Some of us form small, faded scars rather easily. Others form larger, more pigmented scars. This is not easily predictable.
Dr. Fante makes the incisions as small as possible, and as discreetly placed as possible, for the best overall outcome for you. Each mid face lift is individualized, and you can discuss scarring questions with Dr. Fante before any procedure is started.
Are there any risks?
Most people have no complications after a mid facelift, and of the problems that do appear, most are minor. Dr. Fante will discuss possible risks with you before you go ahead with the procedure and these include bleeding, infection, numbness, and asymmetry. You can further minimize any risk by following his advice and instructions for your recovery time.
How long do results last?
The results of an endoscopic mid-facelift are long-lasting, and the vast majority people are very pleased with their softened and subtly more youthful look.
Schedule a consultation
If you are interested in more information about endoscopic mid-facelifts, contact our Denver, CO office today! Call (303) 839-1616 to schedule a consultation with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Fante.