Mid Facelift Introduction
Changes can occur in the upper, mid, and lower portions of the face; however, changes to the middle region of the face can often occur earlier than changes to the lower face. These changes may include loss of volume and sagging of the cheeks, as well as the development of deep wrinkles and hollow areas below the lower eyelids.
Often appropriate for individuals who have not yet experienced sagging in the lower face, a mid facelift can help to reduce these signs of aging, restoring a firmer, more youthful appearance.
Facial aging occurs for many reasons. In response to sun damage and other factors, your skin’s support network of collagen and elastin breaks down. As a result, your skin loses some of its structure and elasticity and becomes lax.
Additionally, the facial muscles weaken and stretch, and fat deposits, which normally give the face a soft, rounded appearance, migrate downward and are depleted. In combination, these changes work together to create sagging cheeks, hollow areas, and deep wrinkles in the mid face.
How Does a Mid Facelift Work?
Age-related changes in the upper and lower region of the face are usually corrected with a forehead lift and lower facelift, respectively. In addition, sagging and puffy eyelids can be addressed with eyelid surgery.
During a mid facelift, the underlying tissues are tightened, and fat pads that give the face shape and volume are shifted upward to restore a firmer, more youthful appearance. It is important to realize that a mid facelift cannot correct loose skin in the neck or along the jaw line, nor can it address fine lines or uneven skin tone and texture.
Your physician will help you determine which procedure is best for you, and whether an additional procedure such as eyelid surgery or skin resurfacing would produce more global facial rejuvenation.
The procedure will most likely be performed under general anesthesia in which you are asleep.
Incisions in the Hairline
However, the endoscopic approach is gaining in popularity. With this approach, the physician generally makes small incisions just above the hairline. They may insert an endoscope into the incision, which is a thin, tube-liked instrument used to see inside the body.
In order to access the fat deposits that will be lifted during the procedure, the physician may use blunt forceps to elevate the underlying tissues. Working toward the mouth, they carefully lift the tissue creating a small tunnel in the mid-face.
Incisions in the Mouth
Adjusting Position of Fat Deposits
Mid Facelift Recovery
As with any surgical procedure, you will likely experience some pain, bruising, and swelling, most of which will subside within a few weeks. If a surgical drain was used, it will usually be removed within a day following surgery, and non-absorbable sutures may be removed in seven to ten days.
You will feel well enough to return to work in one to two weeks; however, you should avoid strenuous activity such as heavy lifting or exercise for up to three weeks to allow your body sufficient time to heal.
Mid Facelift Results
Although a mid facelift will not stop the aging process, it can significantly reduce the appearance of loose skin, deep wrinkles, and hollowness in the face, restoring a youthful appearance for many years to come.