Another option available to some patients is the mid-facelift. Unlike a traditional facelift procedure that might target all areas of the face and neck, the mid facelift procedure is designed to correct the area around the eyes and sagging cheekbones. It restores fullness to these areas and this makes the patient look younger. Because the mid-facelift procedure corrects some of the early signs of aging, we find it gives a rejuvenated appearance to somebody who has started the aging process but does not yet feel the need for a full-facelift.
This procedure is especially dramatic when combined with other procedures such as a brow lift and eyelid surgery. The combined procedures rejuvenate the cheekbone area and brighten the eyes. Many mid-facelift patients in their late thirties to late forties can have marked improvement in their appearance with a procedure whose scars are all hidden in the hairline.
A small incision is made above the ear and the skin is elevated to the level of the cheekbone. Another incision is made either inside the mouth or in the lower eyelid (where a standard lower eyelid incision would be made). Sutures are used to grasp tissue so they can be elevated and fixed under the scalp incision. This restores the cheek tissues to a more youthful position. The scalp skin is then pulled in the same direction. This rejuvenates the area around the outer corner of the eye.
Most patients undergoing a mid-facelift require only a week off from work or other regular activities. There is usually minimal bruising associated, but some swelling may occur. Using ice for the first 24 to 48 hours can help control swelling.
Mid-facelift patients return the next day for their first post-op visit. You will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have.