As people age and their skin loses elasticity and tone, the cheeks and eyelids tend to sag, creating a tired or haggard look. Mid facelift is a plastic surgery procedure that restores a smooth, youthful look to the lower eyelids and cheeks. Below you will learn who is a candidate for mid facelift surgery, the details of the surgical procedure, and the cost associated with the procedure.
Candidates for Mid Facelift Surgery
Mid face lift surgery targets the area around the nose, eyes, and corners of the mouth. These procedures are particularly effective for patients seeking cheek elevation when the neck and areas beneath the chin do not require lifting. While some surgeons perform mid face lift surgery with traditional lower face lift techniques, many utilize endoscopic face lift techniques to improve precision and recovery time.
Mid Facelift Procedure
During a mid face lift, small, deep incisions are made in the muscle tissue of the face. If the surgeon so chooses, an endoscope (a small, camera-like device) is inserted through the incisions to view the procedure internally. Once the incisions are made, the doctor adjusts the fat and muscle tissue, pulling up the middle of the face to smooth and tighten the skin.
Finally, the incisions are sutured and the healing process begins. After a mid face lift, typical recovery time is about one week, possibly shorter when endoscopic mid face lift techniques are used. Because this procedure is more focused and less invasive than a standard face lift or deep plane face lift, mid face lift patients experience quicker results with less bruising and swelling.
Mid Facelift Techniques
Surgeons have two different mid facelift techniques at their disposal. In the traditional technique, the surgeon gains access to the cheeks and lower eyelids by using an incision hidden in the lower lash line. Sometimes a surgeon will also make an incision in the nasolabial fold. This traditional technique is best suited to patients primarily needing their tissues to be lifted upward, rather than horizontally or diagonally.
The second technique is able to produce somewhat more dramatic results. In this method, the procedure is performed through two endoscopic incisions placed in the temples, hidden behind the hairline. This gives the surgeon a pair of access points through which he can lift facial muscles and skin both vertically and diagonally.
Regardless of which technique is used, the mid facelift is able to correct under-eye bags, hollowness in the upper cheeks, and prominent nasal folds.
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Mid Facelift Cost
Though fees vary according to the locale, skill of the surgeon, and other factors, a mid facelift can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. The average cost hovers around $7,000. This cost includes the surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist fee, facility fee, hospital fee, and possibly more.
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