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Mid Face lift
Mid Face lift

Mid face lift Older face lift procedures just pulled just the skin back tightly to provide a taunt, “wind tunnel” look. That happens because the surgeon started his work with incisions around the ears and into the hair where the scar is hidden. But the classic face lift did not do much to correct the fold of the mid-face around the nose, a crease known as the nasal furrow. However, the mid-face lift is a newer trend developed over the last ten years and is becoming more popular and attractive to patients in their 30s and 40s.

The mid-face lift focuses on a triangular area formed between the two corners of the eyes and the corner of the mouth. By working on the face’s deeper layers, the surgeon can reposition the underlying fat, and the actual muscles, so that the middle of the face is pulled up and looks more natural. It also takes the tension off the flesh. A mid-face lift can be performed in the doctor’s office in as little as an hour so the media often refer to it as the “lunchtime lift.” The procedure can be done by itself or along with a traditional face lift.

Benefits of Mid-Face lift Surgery

The face is divided into three lift-able areas: the forehead and eyelids, the neck and jaw and everything in between which is the mid-face. It’s an important area because the mid-face involves the muscles that convey emotion. Thus, a sagging mid-face makes the drooping of the mouth and chin more obvious. Moreover, cheeks being pulled down by gravity make the lower eye look puffier. A mid-face lift pulls the cheek fat up onto the cheek bones where it used to be in youth. That helps flatten the cheek folds around the mouth, creating a younger, softer and happier look, helping take away a “down-in-the-mouth” look. That treatment also raises up the corners of the mouth, taking away the sad look. Other surgeons prefer to start with incisions just under the eyelashes. Using that procedure, the surgeon puts stitches on the inside of the face and attaches the muscles to the bone around the eyelid socket.

How is a Mid-Face lift Performed?

The surgeon cuts much more deeply into the muscle of the face in a mid-face lift. That allows him to pull the muscles around the nose and in the cheeks up.

Endoscopic Mid-Face lift

Some surgeons use an instrument known as an endoscope, a tiny fiberoptic lens inserted through half-inch incisions placed inconspicuously in your mouth and temple. The lens is attached to a camera connected to a television monitor which allows the doctor to see where he is operating by watching the monitor and manipulating the tiny instruments externally. (The endoscope also contains small tools.) That means the surgeon must be very knowledgeable about the face’s anatomy and must be extremely well prepared to deal with complications. During treatment, the doctor can also remove any fat bags near the eyes and trim any extra skin to remove lines and wrinkles.

How Much Pain is Associated with a Mid-Face lift Surgery?

The after-effects are about the same as those of a traditional face lift – swelling, bruising, inflammation and some pain. Swelling and bruising may last seven to twelve days. And, as you heal, some itching may occur. Usually, you can wear make-up immediately after the operation. Sutures are removed in seven to ten days while strenuous activity is restricted for six weeks.

What Are the Long Term Effects of Mid-Face lift Surgery?

The main benefits include a youthful look for five to ten years with minimal or no scarring, less bleeding, no hair loss, minimal numbness and a much quicker recovery time when compared to traditional surgical techniques. Your surgeon will have a difficult time telling you how long the results will last because many factors are involved. Your results will depend, among other things, the amount of skin removed, your age and general health condition, your skin type, as well as its condition and texture, amount of previous sun and wind damage and your own healing ability.

Who Would Best Represent An Ideal Candidate for Mid-Face lift Surgery?

The procedure is attractive to busy consumers who do not have time nor money for a whole face lift 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-face lift 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.

What Are The Risks And Limitations Of Mid-Face lift Surgery?

Rare cases can involve nerve damage, sometimes requiring a second operation to make corrections. There can be hair loss around incisions but that is usually temporary. Numbness is sometimes a side effect but usually goes away over the time. However, in rare cases, numbness can be permanent.

What Are The Typical Costs Associated With Mid-Face lift Surgery?

Because it is cosmetic surgery, the mid-face lift isn’t covered by health insurance. It costs around $3000, depending on the overall cost of living the area in where you live. Compare that cost with the average cost of a full face lift, as estimated by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: $6,231.

Ten Questions Every Mid-Face lift Patient Should Ask Their Surgeon

Before any cosmetic procedure, a consultation should occur between the prospective patient and the providing surgeon. During that time, surgeon and patient discuss issues like the desired outcome, various treatment options, the procedure itself and risks and limitations. The surgeon provides information about anesthesia, the location and description where the procedure will be done -- in a hospital or office surgical suite -- and associated costs. The patient's medical history is taken and the area to be treated is examined.

To help form realistic expectations, the patient should look at before and after photographs, speak with previous patients, and ask the following questions:

  1. Is what I described realistic?
  2. Where is the mid-face lift performed and how long will it take?
  3. In my case, what technique is most appropriate?
  4. What kind of anesthesia will be used during the surgery?
  5. How much does the mid-face lift cost and what elements factor into that cost like hospital fees, anesthesia, and so on?
  6. What is the surgeon’s level of experience in mid-face lifts?
  7. What percentage of patients experience complications?
  8. What is the surgeon’s policy about correcting or repeating the procedure if the first mid-face lift does not meet agreed upon results?
  9. What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, scaring, activity level, and other side effects?
  10. Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
Prospective patients should look at a selection of before and after photographs of recent patients who have had the same procedure from the surgeon. You should always feel comfortable asking for the names and contact information of previous patients.

Patients should tell the surgeon about any allergies, serious medical conditions or medications they may be taking.

This site provides information about plastic/cosmetic surgery and is designed to help users make decisions regarding their own treatment options. However, medical information is not the same as medical advice -- the application of medical treatment to an individual’s specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend consulting a qualified medical practitioner if you want a professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.

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