Mid Facelift Surgery
As we age, our collagen production decreases. This results in more wrinkles, uneven facial contours, and sagging skin. Other factors—such as stress and sun damage—can exacerbate these issues. Because the lower eyelids and the cheeks are interconnected, when your cheeks begin to sag, it can affect the area under your eyes, making them appear puffy and haggard. Downward moving tissue in the cheeks can also deepen the lines around your nose and mouth. With a mid facelift, Dr. Hurwitz can reposition the cheeks while smoothing wrinkles and bags under the eyes. This procedure is often combined with fat injections or implants to create smooth and aesthetically pleasing contours.
Who Is a Candidate?
Most patients who desire a mid facelift are over the age of 30. However, if environmental factors, weight fluctuations, or genetics have caused premature aging, it is not uncommon for patients in their 20s to undergo this procedure. You made be a good candidate for a mid facelift if you want to address problem areas in your cheeks, under your eyes, or around your nose. A mid facelift can help address:
- Loss of volume in the cheeks
- Saggy cheeks
- Deep creases and wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Downward corners of the mouth
- Bags and wrinkles under and around the eyes
During your initial consultation, Dr. Hurwitz will meet with you to discuss your areas of concern so he can format a treatment plan designed to meet your cosmetic goals. To make sure you are a good candidate for facial plastic surgery, he will carefully examine your medical history, current medications, lifestyle habits, skin texture, and facial characteristics. Patients who smoke or have unrealistic expectations are generally not good candidates for a mid facelift.
A mid facelift can tighten sagging skin around your cheeks and the corners of your mouth and improve the tired, hollow-looking areas below your eyes.
How the Mid Facelift Surgery Is Performed
A mid facelift can generally be performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure in about two hours. For your safety, you will need to arrange for a loved one to drive you to and from the procedure. Once anesthesia is administered and you are comfortable, Dr. Hurwitz will make an incision along the hairline near your temples and inside your mouth. If necessary, incisions may also be made along your lower lash line. Dr. Hurwitz has performed many mid facelift surgeries, and he can ensure the incisions are discreet and well-hidden to minimize scarring and encourage a faster recovery.
After Dr. Hurwitz has made the necessary incisions, he will lift and reposition the cheek tissues and muscles while smoothing the skin under and around the eyes, nose and mouth. Dissolvable sutures will be used to hold the repositioned tissues in place. If you have severe volume loss in your cheeks, Dr. Hurwitz can restore facial contours with either fat grafting or implants. Before closing the incisions, any excess skin will be tightened or removed.