The mid-face lift is a plastic surgery procedure designed to elevate the area of the mid face. The procedure repositions and lifts the soft tissue and skin of the cheeks, successfully decreasing the appearance of smiles lines and drooping or flat cheeks. The result is a rejuvenated, fuller and more youthful cheek contour. It may be performed on its own or it may be combined with other procedures such as a facelift, eyelid lift, brow lift or fat injection. Candidates for the mid-face lift include healthy patients who are looking to improve the appearance of deep nasolabial folds and flat cheeks.
Dr. Kulak performs the mid-face lift at an INOVA system hospital, which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital. The procedure takes about one and a half hours to complete and may be performed with MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or general anesthesia. Incisions may be made inside of the mouth, along the lash line of the lower eyelid, and/or within the hairline. Once the incisions are made, the midface is elevated in a sub-periosteal plane and suspended with sutures or an Endotine device.
Swelling and bruising may occur after the mid-face lift, and swelling can last for up to several weeks. Patients may also experience some numbness or tightness of the skin, and any discomfort that occurs can be controlled easily with medication. Stitches, if necessary, are removed within seven days. Most patients are able to return to work within two weeks, and more strenuous activities or exercise within two to three weeks.
Mid-Face Lift FAQs
What is a mid-face lift?
The mid-face lift is a plastic surgery procedure designed to elevate the mid-face area and improve the appearance of smile lines and drooping or flat cheeks. By repositioning tissue and lifting the skin of the cheeks, the mid-face lift provides a more youthful and rejuvenated cheek contour. The mid-face lift may be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures like fat injection, a brow lift, eyelid lift, or facelift.
Is a mid-face lift right for me?
If you are healthy and looking to improve the appearance of deep naso-labial folds and flat cheeks, a mid-face lift may be right for you.
What does a consultation for a mid-face lift entail?
During a consultation for a mid-face lift, Dr. Kulak will examine your face, take a thorough medical history, and discuss your goals. All aspects of the procedure will be explained including the technique, the facility, the anesthesia, the recovery, the costs, the risks and so on.
Where is the mid-face lift performed?
Dr. Kulak performs mid-face lifts at INOVA system hospitals which include Fair Oaks Hospital, Loudoun Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, and Mt. Vernon Hospital.
What type of anesthesia is used for the mid-face lift?
MAC (monitored anesthesia care) or general anesthesia may be used for the mid-face lift.