Mid Facelift

The mid facelift procedure rejuvenates the middle portion of the face (the area immediately below the lower lid and above frown lines). Similar to a traditional face lift procedure, when Dr. Vito Quatela and Dr. Heather Lee perform the mid facelift, they help patients, who come from Rochester and surrounding areas such as Syracuse and Buffalo, NY, address concerns associated with the aging face including loose, drooping, and sagging skin that can cause wrinkles and creases. The mid facelift utilizes small incisions and can create dramatic results, lifting through the middle portion of the face for a refreshed look.

To discuss which facelift procedure is right for you, request a consultation with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee using our online form or call our office at (585) 244-1000 to have a member of our staff schedule your appointment.

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Benefits of a Mid Facelift

The mid facelift procedure helps patients achieve a more youthful look. It addresses many areas that a traditional facelift cannot alone, including the lower eyelids, corrugator muscles (located between the eyes), and cheeks. Firmer skin, tighter muscle supports, smoothed creases and wrinkles, and a slight lift can combine for dramatic and noticeable results. It is important to know that a mid facelift is generally not done as an independent procedure, but is usually always performed in conjunction with a brow lift and/or a lower eyelid lift.

The Mid Facelift Consultation

During a mid facelift consultation, Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee will meet with a prospective patient to discuss the procedure, its benefits and side effects, the potential results, and the eligibility of the patient for surgery. Your medical history, previous surgeries, and current medications and supplements will also be discussed at the appointment.

After listening to your aesthetic goals, the surgeon will take the time to assess the tone and elasticity of your skin and facial tissue, determine the areas for rejuvenation, and make a recommendation for your treatment. He or she will offer their experience and expertise about facial surgery and suggest the procedure best suited to achieving your optimum results.

Dr. Vito Quatela Dr. Vito Quatela

Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.

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Ideal Candidates for Mid Facelift Surgery

All candidates for mid facelift surgery must be in good physical health, not smoke, and have realistic expectations for their potential results. This procedure is most often recommended for women and men as young as their mid-30's and into their 40's and 50's, based on the specific types of aging that have affected their appearance. Prospective patients have complaints about hollowed eyes, deep smile lines, and sunken cheeks. Through discussion with Dr. Quatela or Dr. Lee, you can learn more about the mid facelift procedure and if you are a good candidate for surgery.

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The Mid Facelift Procedure

To perform a mid facelift surgery, the surgeon places incisions hidden within the hairline, top of the head and temporal area. Through these incisions, the sugeon accesses the facial muscles and fat at a deeper level to tighten and firm the supports of the mid-facial region. Excess fat and skin will be removed to create a smoother appearance as well. The skin will be overlaid more firmly and the sutures will be closed to complete the surgery.

Recovery from Mid Facelift Surgery

Mid facelift surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure so patients return home on the same day. Following any facelift surgery, swelling, bruising, and moderate discomfort are expected side effects, along with a feeling of tightness through the mid-face and cheeks. This pain and discomfort will begin to fade as the patient heals. In the meantime, they can be managed with proper care, including pain medication, elevating the head, applying cold compresses as directed, and getting plenty of rest at home.

Most patients are able to return to work within a couple of weeks after mid facelift surgery, although exercise and strenuous activities are usually restricted until three weeks post-operatively. Discuss the specifics of your own recovery with your surgeon before returning to work, exercise, and other physical activities.

Dr. Heather Lee Dr. Heather Lee

Heather Lee, M.D.

Specializes in Facial Procedures

Fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedure of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.

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Choosing the Right Facial Plastic Surgeon

It is important to choose a facial plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Quatela, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, and Dr. Lee, a board-eligible facial plastic surgeon, both specialize exclusively in facial plastic surgery. They have a reputation in the industry for consistent, natural-looking results which is one of the reasons why they have such a high patient satisfaction rate.

Mid Facelift Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the mid facelift procedure take?

The duration of your mid facelift surgery varies depending on what areas are being treated as well as what other procedures are being performed. A typical mid facelift and brow lift procedure takes approximately two hours.

Where do Dr. Quatela and Dr. Lee perform mid facelift surgeries?

Our surgeons perform all surgeries at the Lindsay House Surgery Center, a fully licensed multi-specialty ambulatory surgery center located at the Quatela Center in Rochester, New York.

Where will there be scarring after mid facelift surgery?

The incisions made during this procedure are well hidden in the hairline and scalp. Over time, the scars will heal and fade.

For answers to additional questions about the mid facelift, visit our Mid Facelift FAQ's page.

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for Plastic Surgery

The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.

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The Lindsay House

973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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