Frequently Asked Questions About Midface Lift
The midface lift is used to correct the effects of gravity and aging. While a facelift pulls skin horizontally from the midface to the ears, it doesn’t lift tissue back up over the cheek bones, towards the temple. A midface lift pulls that soft tissue back up and attaches it to the temple. This creates a fuller, more youthful look, and it eliminates the loss of volume around the cheeks and lower eyes that occurs with aging.
An ideal candidate for a midface lift is a man or woman in good health. You must be upfront with your plastic surgeon about complications you’ve had during prior surgeries, any health issues that might impact the procedure, and medications and supplements that you use regularly.
During your consultation, you and your doctor discuss the areas on your midface that you’d like corrected. The doctor goes over the best form of anesthesia for this procedure and what happens during the surgery. You’ll also discuss the things you need to do both before and after the surgery and what to expect during your recovery.
Incisions for a midface lift are made inside the mouth, just over the gum line, and/or along the temple.
After providing the anesthesia and making the incisions, the plastic surgeon loosens the tissue from the facial bones. The tissue is pulled upward and secured into their new position.
Scars on the inside of the cheek are not visible. The other scar is hidden in the hairline, so it’s unlikely anyone will see it.
Heed your doctor’s advice. Some over-the-counter pain relievers and supplements thin the blood and must be avoided before and after your surgery. These include aspirin, garlic supplements, ibuprofen, vitamin E, and a few herbal remedies.
If you smoke, now is a good time to quit. You will not be allowed to smoke for a few weeks before and after your surgery. Smoking constricts blood vessels and impedes the natural healing process.
Most patients are fully recovered from a lip lift procedure after 5 -7 days. Patients must remember to use sun protection regularly and lead a healthy lifestyle if they want the outcome of their procedure to be preserved.
Every case is different. Your doctor gives you instructions on how long to avoid bending, lifting, and other strenuous activities. Make sure you follow this advice to keep from pulling your stitches. It can take weeks or months for the swelling to completely disappear. Expect scars to fade after six months
Complications from a midface lift are rare. There is the risk of allergic reaction to the anesthesia. If you’ve had issues during past surgeries, make sure you tell your plastic surgeon. During the surgery, it is possible for blood to collect under the skin and cause a hematoma. Make sure you follow your doctor’s advice about avoiding medications and supplements that thin the blood to help prevent this rare issue. Following the surgery, it is possible to develop an infection, especially if you do not follow the doctor’s orders. If you develop a fever or notice pus coming from the incision sites, contact your doctor.
Because a midface lift is generally an aesthetic plastic surgery, most insurance providers do not offer coverage.