The mid facelift is performed for Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo, NY patients when a more subtle improvement is needed. Although a mid facelift is similar to a facelift in that both procedures address drooping or sagging skin, wrinkles, and signs of premature aging, with a mid facelift satisfying results can be achieved through smaller incisions. Also, patients who qualify for a mid facelift generally need less muscle tightening, so there is less bruising.
The mid facelift is a state-of-the art technique that not all plastic surgeons are skilled in performing. Therefore, it is vital that your screening process includes a review of before-and-after photographs of the doctor's endoscopic mid facelift results.
Individual results may vary.
Typically the mid face (cheek area) starts to drop in the mid 30's and becomes more apparent in our 40's and 50's. The best candidates for a mid facelift are people with the following concerns:
In general we recommend mid facelift procedures for three reasons:
Many factors including age, genetics, previous sun exposure, tobacco abuse, skin type and skin elasticity all play a role in assessing if a mid facelift would be the right way to go. The only way to know for sure is a consultation with a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. Be sure your cosmetic surgeon is comfortable with the endoscopic approach to facelifts. Don't be afraid to ask questions!
Since mid facelifts can be performed endoscopically, incisions measure generally about one half to one inch. These smaller incisions are placed behind the ears in the hairline so they are well camouflaged. The ear incisions have a small component that comes in front of the ear but still the incision is much less than that of a full facelift.
In general, yes. Mid facelifts involve less muscle tightening so there is less bruising. Patients typically return to work and activities in about seven to ten days although restrictions limiting heavy lifting, bending and straining along with aerobic activity remain for two weeks following the mid facelift procedure.
Our preoperative and postoperative instructions for mid facelifts are available to download and print.
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