The midface area is a very specific area which comprises the cheek area below the eyelids and the area adjacent to the nose and nose-to-mouth lines. It is not a ‘middle’ or ‘medium’ facelift and in fact is not very frequently performed compared to the classical facelift which addresses the jowls, jawline and neck area.
As you age, the effects of gravity, repeated muscle contraction and lifestyle cause the skin, fat, and muscle in this region to move downwards. When this occurs, the cheeks begin to look saggy or flat, the lower eyelids can become puffy or hollow, and circles begin to appear under the eyes. Furthermore the lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth deepen. If you would like to know more about the cheek lift procedure, call our London clinic and we can arrange a consultation for you.
FAQs for Mid Facelift Surgery
The name ‘mid facelift’ refers to the specific area of the face being lifted – it is not a ‘middle’ or ‘medium’ procedure. The mid face area covers the cheek area below the eyelids, just next to the nose and nose to mouth lines. This procedure is also known as a ‘cheek lift’.
The skin in this area can sag and move downwards simply due to ageing and lifestyle. This can make the cheeks look flat or saggy, the lower eyelids can become puffy or hollow and circles begin to appear under the eyes.
The lid/cheek junction becomes more visible with age. Not only this, but the lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth become more pronounced and deepen, often giving a severe, despondent look.
The mid facelift procedure has been developed to improve the look of the mid face area to counteract any flattening and sagging. The technique lifts and plumps the middle face area while enhancing the appearance of the cheekbones.
Mr Karidis perform this surgery so skillfully that a mid facelift sees very natural but noticeable results.
An alternative to a full facelift, a mid facelift can be performed alone or combined with a blepharoplasty – eyelid surgery – for optimum results.
The aim of a mid facelift is to give a much more natural look that doesn’t look taught or ‘pulled’.
To restore the natural fullness and volume of the cheek area, soft fatty tissue is moved from under the eyes to a more aesthetically pleasing position. This immediately gives a more aesthetically pleasing mid face contour.
Our mid facelift method:
- Uses the patient’s own tissue to rejuvenate the mid face area
- Enhances cheek volume while retaining a natural look
- Smooths and blends the lid/cheek junction area
Mr Karidis will make small incisions in the temple areas as well as inside the mouth through the underside of the upper lip. Instruments then work to lift and reposition the mid face tissues off the cheekbones through these incisions.
Cumbersome fixation sutures are eliminated at Karidis due to the use of an Endotine Mid Face Device, which is used to evenly secure the position of the tissue. This device also reduces any dimpling or skin irregularities which often occur with other sutures.
Once the Endotine Mid Face Device has been implanted, it is gradually absorbed into the body until it disappears completely. The device is preferred by Mr Karidis as an alternative to non-absorbable sutures which often become noticeable under the skin in the future.
Your suitability for mid facelift surgery will be determined during your consultation with Mr Karidis.
The ideal candidate for a mid facelift is a man or woman whose face has begun to sag, but the skin still has some elasticity. Due to these criteria, mid facelifts are often carried out on younger patients for earlier corrections, rather than waiting until irreversible changes have taken place that will necessitate a full facelift.
If your cheeks have flattened over the years and the lines from your nose down to your mouth have deepened, you will likely be suitable for a mid facelift.
The mid facelift procedure requires a hospital fee, a surgeon fee and an anaesthetist fee.
The exact costs of mid facelift surgery will be discussed during your consultation.
If paying the full cost of your mid facelift procedure upfront is not possible for you, you can choose to finance your procedure using our interest-free finance options. This may also be a good option if you simply prefer to spread the costs of your surgery.
After mid facelift surgery, you will be returned to your private room in our clinic where you will be propped up in bed to recover. You will have a bandage around your head and cold packs placed on your face to reduce any post-operative swelling.
The swelling and bruising may take several weeks to disappear. You may also feel that the mid face area feels a bit rigid and that your mouth might feel stiff, but this should fully subside within 10-14 days.
Sleeping with your head elevated on pillows during the first night after surgery may help to decrease postoperative swelling and bruising. You can also continue to use a cold compress as this will also help to reduce any swelling.
Due to the use of the Endotine Mid Face Device in the mid facelift procedure, there will be less swelling and bruising than a standard procedure as it is less invasive than other mid facelift techniques.
Rarely, temporary muscle weakness can occur in the mid face area due to nerve trauma caused during surgery, but this will also subside.
After mid facelift surgery, you will notice that you have some scars, but these will be hidden in areas that are out of sight. There will be a very small 1-inch scar in your hairline on each temple and a small 1-inch scar inside your mouth, on the inside of your upper lip.
Mr Karidis is renowned for his ‘invisible’ scarring techniques, leaving incredibly minimal scarring from a mid facelift.
Your sutures will slowly dissolve, so you won’t have to revisit the clinic to have them removed.
Within a day or two of having mid facelift surgery, you should be up and about. You will need to:
- Be gentle with your face and hair – your skin may be a little tender
- Avoid strenuous activity for at least two weeks after surgery
- Get plenty of rest to allow for optimum healing
You won’t be able to see the full results of your mid facelift until the swelling has gone down and your facial movements may initially feel stiff. Don’t be disheartened by this – at the end of the first week you will feel much better and most patients are back at work within 10 days to 2 weeks after surgery.
If you feel self-conscious about any post-operative bruising, there are many professional-level camouflage makeup products available that are easy to apply, result in complete coverage and are water-resistant.
Tips from the Top
Senior Nurse Suzi says:
A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery – try drinking a fresh green juice every morning.
Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything.
Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products).
Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation.
Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal.