The mid face is the area which is comprised of the cheeks, below the eyelids and the area adjacent to the nose and the mouth lines. Compared to the classic facelift which is performed on the jowls, jawline and the neck area, the mid facelift is not performed as frequently. As the ageing process begins cheeks begin to look saggy, the lower eyelids can become hollow and puffy and the lines between the mouth and the nose also deepen. The effects of gravity, lifestyle and muscle contractions can cause the skin in the mid area of the face to move downwards and, as a result, the mid facelift was developed to improve the descent which occurs on the mid face.
How is the mid facelift performed?
There are two different ways in which a mid facelift can be performed.
The traditional way this procedure is performed is by the surgeon making an incision either hidden in the lower lash line or in the nasolabial fold. Once these incisions are made the surgeon will adjust the fat and muscle tissue by pulling up the middle of the face to smooth and tighten the skin. This technique is primarily for patients that need their face tissues to be lifted upwards, rather than diagonally or horizontally.
The second way this procedure can be performed is through two endoscopic incisions made on the patient’s temples, hidden behind the hairline. This gives the surgeon access points in which he can lift facial muscles and skin vertically and diagonally. This technique produces more dramatic results.
Regardless of which way the procedure is performed the mid facelift is able to correct sagginess in the cheeks, under-eye bags and nasal folds.
What is the recovery time of a mid facelift?
At the end of the surgery the incisions are sutured which means the healing process can begin. As this procedure is performed under general anaesthesia the typical recovery time for a mid facelift is around seven to ten days, however, the recovery time is possibly shorter when the endoscopic technique is used as this procedure is less invasive that a standard facelift. Patients that have a mid facelift will experience quicker results with less swelling and bruising.
What are the risks of a mid facelift?
As with any surgery there are also risks that are involved with a mid facelift which might include:
• Hair loss along the incision
• Healing problems
• Swelling and bruising
• Temporary numbness under the eye area
• Temporary numbness in the muscles in the mid face
• Blood clots (these are quite rare)
• Hematoma (blood under the skin)
• Seroma (fluid under the skin)
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