Restore your Youthful Appearance
As people age, their skin loses elasticity and tone and the cheeks and eyelids tend to sag. This can give the impression that the person is perennially tired, even worn out. The cheeks and the surrounding area are one of the first to show signs of aging, and a traditional facelift often doesn’t effectively treat the upper cheek and lower eyelid areas of the face. These areas tend to flatten and lengthen as we age.
A mid-face lift with Dr. Weiner of Chicago targets that portion of the face, restoring a smooth, youthful look to the lower eyelids and cheeks. Sometimes referred to as a cheek lift, a mid-face lift elevates the fat pad in the cheek, returning fullness to the eyes and cheeks.
What is a mid-face lift?
Mid-face lift surgery with Dr. Weiner targets the area around the nose, eyes, and corners of the mouth. During a mid-face lift, the goal is to pull up the middle of the face to smooth and tighten the skin. The mid-face lift corrects under eye bags, hollowness in the upper cheeks, and prominent nasolabial folds.
Who is a good candidate for a mid-face lift?
As with all cosmetic surgeries, every case is unique. Still, there are some common characteristics for people who can benefit from a mid-face lift.
If you have
- Heaviness and sagging below the cheeks
- Hollowness beneath your eye
- Lengthened areas under your eyes
- Creases and depressions under your eyes
- Prominent nasolabial folds
How is a mid-face lift performed?
Some doctors use traditional facelift techniques for these surgeries, but Dr. Weiner of Chicago feels this method does not address the cheeks and lower eyelids directly. He instead uses endoscopic facelift techniques to improve his precision and make for easier recovery for his mid-face lift patients.
During a mid-face lift, Dr. Weiner first makes small, deep incisions in the muscle tissue around the temples and in front of the ear. He places these incisions within the hairline, if possible. Then an endoscope is inserted allowing complete visualization of the area being targeted. The muscles around the nose and in the cheeks are pulled upward and stitched into the structures below the eye sockets. The goal is to elevate the sagging cheek tissue (the malar fat pad) back to its former, higher position.
What is recovery from a mid-face lift like?
Because Dr. Weiner uses an endoscopic method for his mid-face lifts, recovery is not difficult. There is less bruising, swelling, and tissue trauma because the endoscope allows much more focused work. Most patients generally only need a week or less for recovery.
Another benefit of the endoscopic method is minimal scarring. Plus, with incisions hidden in the hairline wherever possible, what small scars there are usually are hidden.