Mid Face Lift: There are Some Things You Should Know

Historically, the signs of facial aging have been corrected with facelift surgery. Then, after injectables were developed, consumers leaned strongly toward the nonsurgical side of the aisle. At the same time, plastic surgery was undergoing some massive advancements that brought about multiple smaller procedures that focused on particular areas of the face. The mid face lift is a prime example. This procedure addresses some of the most common concerns, including sagging cheeks and nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth. 

The mid face lift is a minimally invasive, conservative procedure that a surgeon performs through small incisions hidden behind the hairline. Through these small openings, the fat pads that have descended from the cheek area are lifted to their normal position. This alteration of fat and skin diminishes the appearance of laugh lines, resulting in a younger-looking face. Still, is this enough? In some cases, it’s not. Here’s what you should know. 

Nearly all patients who are good candidates for a mid face lift can benefit from the restoration of cheek volume. With age, it is only natural to lose a small amount of fat from the cheek area every year. Year after year, this adds up. To exacerbate the change in face shape, adults also lose some bone tissue in the cheeks and around the eyes. The result is a dull, flat, or tired appearance. 

How the Mid Face Lift Can Be Enhanced

The name of the game in anti-aging, as we have learned through years of trial and error, is structure. Knowing that the face loses fat and bone in areas where contouring is vital to a youthful appearance, doctors may recommend combining surgical procedures like the mid face lift with those that restore volume. One option to achieve this is to inject fat cells into specific cheek areas. Another is to use dermal fillers to add contours. One is permanent, the other can last about 2 years. Another way to expand on the benefits of a mid face lift, or any facial procedure, really, is to address the skin. We can do so with chemical peels, conservative laser resurfacing, or radiofrequency fotofacial services. These modalities are known to reduce age-related concerns like sun damage, liver spots, facial spider veins, and more. 

The mid face lift has become one of the leading plastic surgery procedures in recent years due to the nature of structural changes in the cheek area. To learn more about this procedure, schedule a consultation by calling our St. Louis or St. Peters office. 

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