Mid face Lifts

The mid face is the area from the lower eyelids to the nasolabial folds – or the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth. A vibrant, full mid face area is the sign of healthy youth and a little volume on this part of the face is an indicator of how young a person is. But mainly due to aging and sometimes other factors, there is a flat deflation in this area, making the mid face area lose volume and flatten. The saggy or hollowed mid face gives a tired and old look to the face, increasing aging effects by a great leap.

Cosmetic Facial Enhancement

A mid face lift, a cosmetic surgery to lift or give more volume to the mid face area by making alterations in the cheek and lower eyelid is a great solution to tired and dull mid face area. The surgeon who performs the mid face lift surgery alters the contour of the face.

What could a mid face lift do?

A mid face lift is mainly performed to restore the youthful contour and a three dimensional projection to the mid face. Some fat might also be transferred to the face to increase the projection of the cheek bone and mid face area. Mid face lift is an excellent option for facial enhancement.

Why is mid face lift the best option

When performing a mid face lift, the surgeon actually makes an incision and performs changes in the cheek area. This is a permanent solution for lifting the mid face area

For whom is the mid face lift suitable?

As in any cosmetic surgery, a mid face lift also depends upon the person opting for the procedure. Usually, individuals with heaviness below the cheek or hollowness beneath the eyes go for the mid face lift surgery. But cosmetic surgeons only perform the mid face lift on healthy individuals who do not have medical condition that might lead to any risk. The end results of the mid face lift might vary with each person and results are not always widely different.

How is the mid face lift performed

A cheek lift or mid face lift surgery elevates the sagging cheek tissue by making small incisions along the hairline and the ear. The surgeon avoids visible scars by this. The mid face lift works by reducing the nasolabial lines (the lines going from the sides of the nose to the lips) around the mouth. The malar fat pad (the cheek tissue) is then lifted back to its original position by sutures. This method enhances the cheek area and gives it more prominence and subsequently a younger, fuller and healthier look.

Mid face lift methods

The traditional mid face lift method gains access to cheeks and lower eyelids by an incision in the lower lash line or nasolabial folds, and this method is best suited for those who want to life their tissues upward. The trans conjunctival incisions can be performed in many ways. And the main advantage of trans conjunctival incisions is the lack of cutaneous scarring.

The endoscopic incision method where the surgeon hides the incision behind the hairline gives the surgeon access to lift facial muscles both vertically and diagonally.

The percutaneous mid face lift(PML) is a minimally invasive surgery / procedure that reduces sagging skin below the eyes and diminishes the lines around the mouth and the nose by making very small incisions and without cutting tissue or muscle.

The surgeon uses this method to reposition the fat pad using a simple suspension system placed discreetly underneath the skin. A small incision in the hairline at the temple (between the ear and the forehead) and two tiny punctures on the cheek are used to get the needles inside to make fine sutures. The sutures are tightened to reposition the fat pad and are secured to the incision site to the temporal fascia, the tough tissue plane.

Results of mid face lift

Here are a few things to be remembered while going for a mid face lift

  • The expectations should be realistic. Cosmetic surgeries are more about bringing back to a good form than completely altering features to make it unrecognisable
  • The results would be immediate. While the effect of the surgery might seem overcorrected for some time, the body’s healing mechanism would help the cheek pad settle into a natural position.
  • Follow up checking is a must for the surgeon to ensure that the surgery went as planned and there are no complications.
  • A mid face lift is not a treatment for sagging brows or forehead. There are separate treatments for those areas.
  • Since it is primarily a cosmetic procedure, health insurance benefits may not apply.

Dr. Debraj Shome is an expert cosmetic surgeon who has performed many life altering surgeries in his career and has successfully transformed the lives of many of his patients. He uses top notch equipment and has excellent training in cosmetic surgery and face lift treatments.


About Dr. Debraj Shome

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Debraj Shome, MD, DO, DNB, FRCS (Glasgow), FICO (USA), MNAMS, MBA (Healthcare Management, Vanderbilt University, USA), is Consultant Facial Plastic Surgeon, Oculoplastic Surgeon & Cosmetic Surgeon at Nova Specialty Surgery, Mumbai, India..Read more

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