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Mid-Face Lift (endoscopic)
The plump cheeks of babies provide a clue to how the aging process affects adult faces. One of the first signs of facial aging often appears in cheeks that become less prominent and begin to look gaunt. As the cheeks lose their roundness, we begin to see deepening lines from the edges of the nose to the mouth (nasolabial fold). That’s because the cheeks take a double hit from the aging process. First, they lose fat in the malar fat pads that lie under the cheek’s skin. At the same time, cheek muscles begin to sag, causing the fat pads to drop from their original position over the cheek bones. This combination creates a more hollowed and drawn look, with a deepening nasolabial fold. The downward motion hollows the area below the eyes, pushes down the corners of the mouth, and causes the lips to narrow.
Mid-face lifts, also commonly known as "mini lifts", address this issue and are especially beneficial to patients in their late 30s and 40s who are experiencing the first noticeable signs of aging but are not ready for a full face and neck lift. The midface lift is a minimally invasive procedure that raises the cheek muscles and repositions the malar fat pads back to their original position over the cheek bones to recreate a more youthful contour. To address the issue of diminishing fat, Dr. Sykes often transfers fat from the patient’s hip area to cheeks. In addition, patients very often choose to have a forehead and brow lift at the same time to rejuvenate the upper two-thirds of the face. Since both forehead and midface lifts are performed using small scopes fitted with cameras (endoscopic surgery) and can be done through the same incisions, combining the procedures enables patients to achieve a significant change with a single surgery and recovery period.
What to expect
The doctor places a protective dressing over the incision for the first 24 hours, which is removed during your post-operative visit the following day. During the visit, your doctor will make sure the healing process is progressing as it should and answer any questions. Your next visit will be a week later, when the doctor will again check your progress and remove your sutures.
The minimally invasive technique Dr. Sykes uses allows patients to resume normal activities in about a week. Pain is typically minimal and passes within the first two to three days. Swelling and bruising will occur, but can be minimized by icing with frozen peas for the first 24 to 48 hours and keeping your head elevated for the first several days.
Midface Lift Fast Facts