Drooping Cheeks or Sagging Face? – A Midface Lift or Cheek lift may help
A Facelift is one of the most popular and sought-after procedures plastic surgery. However, some women and men don’t need a traditional facelift or a deep plane facelift. They just want to make their cheeks tighter and fuller. They want to deal with wrinkles and saggy skin in the mid-region of the face. For those patients, a midface lift or cheek lift can help. It is less invasive than a full facelift and It targets the middle area of your face, between the upper lip and the eyes.
Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam routinely perform midface lifts for patients in Sydney and New South Wales. The aim is to rejuvenate the middle areas of the face, flatten wrinkles, make the cheeks perky again, and give you defined strong cheekbones.
What is a Midface Lift?
A midface lift, also known as a cheek lift is a less invasive variant of the full facelift. It specifically targets the middle face region – the area extending from the upper lip to the eyes. The procedure involves an incision that starts in front of the ear, and goes around the earlobe and slightly backward. It’s a similar, but smaller incision compared to the traditional facelift.
A middle facelift is perfect for those who have moderate signs of facial ageing in the middle part of the face. Wrinkles around the eyes, deflated droopy cheeks, faded cheek lines, deep nasolabial folds (the lines between the nose and lips). A midface lift can deal with all of these problems. Candidates are those who don’t need work done above the eyes (e.g. brow lift) or around the jaw and upper neck.
Consider a Midface lift with fat transfer
If your concern with your midface is the lack of volume and descent of tissue, the combination of a midface lift with fat transfer is often the solution. Fat transfer will restore the lacking volume of the cheek and increase cheek projection, while the lift will elevate the tissue that is present and move the cheek to a higher position. A combination of these two procedures will produce a natural and long-lasting rejuvenation to the cheek and lower eyelid cheek junction.
The combination of midface lift and fat transfer will restore volume to the cheek and increase projection, while the lift will lesser the depth of the nasolabial fold and soften the lower eyelid cheek junction.
Midface Lift vs. Traditional Face lift
A traditional facelift involves a larger incision that starts from the hairline in front of the ears and goes around the earlobe and backward. It is also more invasive compared to a midface lift. Dr Hunt will cut out more skin, and extensively manipulate the deeper layers of the face.
A full facelift targets the whole face. It deals with droopy jowls and excess skin, lifts the cheeks and makes them perkier, tightens the upper neck, and can smoothen your forehead. It can reverse severe signs of facial ageing.
On the other hand, a midface lift involves a smaller incision and less tissue manipulation. It targets the middle region of your face. It defines the cheekbones, tightens the cheeks, makes them perkier. It also deals with deep wrinkles and loose skin in your middle face (e.g. wrinkles around the eyes, or droopy nasolabial folds).
Who Needs a Cheek Lift?
You should consider getting a midface lift if:
- You have droopy nasolabial folds (the vertical skin folds between nose and lips)
- You have wrinkles around the eyes or upper lip
- You have deflated soft cheeks and want to make them perky again
- You have a faded weak cheekbone line
- You have excess skin in the middle third of the face
- You don’t need work done around the jawline or on the forehead (your problems are localised in the mid-face area)
If you have these concerns, then getting a surgical cheek lift is the next logical step. It’s the optimal surgery to flatten facial wrinkles and plump up the cheeks.
If you need additional work done on other parts of your face, then a full facelift is the surgery for you.
- A Neck lift can be added to any type of facelift surgery
- A Blepharoplasty or Eyelid lift can help sagging eyelids
Benefits of Midface lift
- Less invasive compared to a full facelift
- Less surgical time
- Less costly
- Fewer post-op symptoms
- Faster recovery
- Deals with wrinkles around the eyes and mouth
- Smoothens and tightens the cheeks
- Makes the cheeks perkier
- Restores well-defined cheekbones
- Gets rid of droopy nasolabial folds (skin folds between the nose and lips)
All these benefits make a cheek lift a good choice for those who need to rejuvenate the middle part of their face.
If you need to enhance your jawline, lift the neck, or lift your upper face, then a full facelift with or without a neck lift is the way to go.
How Is Midface Lift Performed?
A cheek lift is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means that you will be asleep during the whole procedure. A mid-facial lift usually takes 2 hours to perform. It’s a one-day surgery, so you aren’t likely to spend the night at the hospital.
Dr Hunt starts by performing an incision in front of the ear. The midface lift incision continues down around the earlobe, and a few centimetres upward behind the ear. Through the incision, Dr Hunt will separate the skin from the deeper facial tissue. The deep facial tissue, muscles, and aponeurosis (called SMAS) are pulled upward and outward toward the ears.
This pulls the cheeks up and tightens them and outlines your cheekbone. It also flattens the nasolabial folds and tightens them. The skin is then tightened to flatten any wrinkles. Extra skin is cut and removed. Your surgeon will then close the wounds with fine sutures to reduce scarring.
A midface lift can also be combined with a neck lift. A small incision under the chin will be made to tighten the neck, get rid of turkey neck, double chin, and neck skin bands.
Risk and Potential Complications of Midface lift
A cheek lift is regarded as a relatively safe procedure. It’s associated with minimal surgical risks and complications. These can include:
- Wound infection
- Fluid collection (seroma)
- Blood collection (hematoma)
- Nerve injury
To minimise the surgical risks, even more, you should choose a plastic surgeon that’s experienced in facial rejuvenation surgery.
Over the years, Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam have developed facelift techniques to deliver optimal cosmetic outcomes.
Cost of a Cheek Lift Sydney – How much is a Midface lift surgery?
The cost of a cheek lift varies depending on many factors. The anaesthetist fees, surgeon fees, and hospital fees all play a role. Moreover, any additional procedures, like a neck lift, also add up to the bill.
A midface lift for cosmetic purposes is NOT covered by Health insurance or Medicare in Australia. Read our blog Will Medicare Cover my Plastic Surgery.
Please phone Dr Hunt’s team for an estimate. Dr Hunt’s team will give you an estimate of the midface lift costs after your consultation.
- Do you have any chronic medical conditions?
- Do you take blood thinners?
- What would you like to change about your face?
- Have you had facial rejuvenation surgery before?
After that, Dr Hunt will examine your face and suggest a suitable rejuvenation surgery to meet your needs.
If the signs of ageing are localised in the mid-face area, then a cheek lift would be the way to go.
Midface Lift & Cheek Lift Surgery FAQs
How long does a midface lift last?
- A cheek lift is not permanent, you will continue to grow old. The results last around 7-10 years. Your face will age as time passes, and after a decade you’ll likely need another facelift.
How long does a midface lift take?
- The duration of cheek lift surgery is 2 hours on average. This might take less time if you don’t need too much lifting. However, it can take longer if you need other parts of the face done as well.
What is the perfect age to get a midface lift?
- There’s no perfect age to get your face lifted. In general, a cheek lift is better done between 40 and 50 years of age.
Is a midface lift painful?
- A cheek lift is not very painful. Like any other surgery, the wounds will hurt for a few days. However, routine painkillers are usually enough to dampen the pain.
How long is recovery after midface lift?
- Total recovery time after a midface lift is 3-4 weeks. You can usually go back to work as of the second week after your cheek lift.
What is the optimal type of facelift?
- There’s no one optimal type of facelift. The facelift type depends on what signs of ageing you have, where they’re located, and what your cosmetic goals are. If the signs of ageing are localised in the middle facial region, then a cheek lift is perfect for you. If you have heavy jowls, a fading jawline, and droopy facial skin, then a lower facelift or necklift may be a better choice. If you have heavy wrinkles, deep nasolabial fold and drooping skin on your whole face, then a full traditional facelift is the way to go.
What’s the difference between a mini facelift and a cheek lift?
- Both the middle facelift and mini facelift target the middle face region specifically. Nevertheless, a midface lift is more invasive than a mini facelift. Deeper facial tissue is targeted, lifted, and tightened. Compared to a mini facelift, a cheek lift leads to more dramatic cosmetic improvement and more sustained results.
What is the way to make cheeks perky again?
- The way to tighten the cheeks and make them more defined is through a midface lift, also called a cheek lift. A midface lift targets the cheek area. It makes your cheeks look tighter, perkier, and smoother.
How can I make my cheeks perky without surgery?
- If you want to avoid surgery altogether, then a non-surgical facelift might be the answer. In a non-surgical facelift, your injector will use injectable fillers to tighten and contour your face. The disadvantages of non-surgical facelifting methods are that the results are temporary and relatively expensive. Facial Fillers may last around 4 to 6 months and can cost thousands.
Which is better, a facelift or fillers?
- A facelift produces more dramatic and long-lasting results. It’s better if you want to see significant cosmetic improvement in your facial appearance. It lasts up to 10 years before needing revision. Fillers, on the other hand, produce less dramatic improvements, with only subtle contouring, and need to be repeated every 4-6 months. A facelift is a better choice that leads to more satisfactory results.
Medical Sources and Further Reading about a Midface Lift:
- Mid Face Facelift – StatPearls – NCBI Bookshelf
- Erase Aging With a ‘Mid-Facelift’?
- Mid-Face Or Cheek Lift: Plastic Surgery | Cleveland Clinic
- The evolution of the midface lift in aesthetic plastic surgery
- Midface lift: panel discussion
- Midface lift using a minimally invasive technique and a novel absorbable suture
Further Reading about Facelift Surgery
- Read Dr Hunt’s Deep Plane Facelift Surgery page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Facelift Surgery page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Patient Facelift Surgery Before and After Photos
Further Reading on Facial Surgery
- Read Patient Case Study of Ear Surgery Otoplasty
- Read Eyelid Rejuvenation Options – Treatments & Surgical Procedures for Eyes
- Read Patient Case Study of Chin Surgery – Advanced Genioplasty
- Read High Cheekbones vs Low Cheekbones: Causes and Solutions
About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.
Careful, considerate and honest, Dr Jeremy Hunt works with you to find a solution that is optimal for your body and your lifestyle.
Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has given thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia the aesthetic results they desire.
Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education
Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.
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