Midface Lift FAQ
A mid face lift will predominantly focus around just below your bottom eyelids, your mouth area and the cheekbone areas. These areas tend to be neglected by surgeons and patients alike. Most patients generally request neck lifts, forehead and jawline procedures.
But it is important to note that the mid face areas also experience sagging as a person ages and gravity takes its toll over time.
Are You Suitable For a Mid face Lift ?
If you are a man or woman and your face or neck looks or feels saggy then you are a suitable candidate for a mid face lift. Bare in mind that you do not need to wait until your sagging is really dramatic. More and more patients are treating this problem at the very earliest stages. If you notice that your cheeks are beginning to sag, or they are looking flat then you are suitable for a midface lift. If you notice beneath your eyelids beginning to look hollowed out because of saggy skin or you notice dark circles appearing then you are a candidate for a mid face lift. If your smile seems to create allot of skin wrinkles then you may also be a suitable candidate for a mid face lift. Remember, the best way to determine what you are definitely suitable for is to go in and visit a surgeon for a consultation.
When you go in for your consultation you will be asked about your medical history and of course if you have had one of these procedures done before. It is important that you are totally honest when asked questions by the surgeon. This will significantly reduce any possibility’s of complications in the future.
If you are currently a smoker you will most likely be asked to stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before you are due for surgery. You will also be asked to stop taking certain medications such as possibly aspirin.
What is The Main Aim of a Mid Face Lift ?
The main aim of this procedure is to restore the fullness to your cheeks. The aim is to have the soft tissues in your face reverted to how they were before the sagging began. In a simple explanation, this will be achieved by moving soft tissue back upwards towards the eye area. The soft tissue will this be fixed in this position so that it can adhere to the bone in a natural manner. It is important that this is all performed to give the patient a look that is as natural as possible. The surgeons main aim is to make sure that it doesn’t look like your skin is being pulled upwards.
What Will a Mid face Lift Involve?
Here is what a typical mid face lift will involve. This will be detailed as much as can be covered by writing. Bare in mind that some surgeons may have a slightly different approach and this is just a general guideline.
incisions will be made at the temple, and will also be made underneath the upper lip. An endoscope and other different apparatus will be used to gently lift mid face tissues away from the cheekbones. Once the mid face tissues have been lifted, they will be repositioned upwards towards the eye, and also to the side towards the ears. This is the position that the tissue will be secured for a much less saggy appearance.
What Anaesthesia Will You Be Given For Surgery?
Most surgeons will use a general anaesthetic when performing a mid face lift surgery. A general anaesthetic will cause a loss of consciousness, so effectively you will be asleep and will not feel any pain or discomfort during surgery. The mid face lift generally takes about 45 minutes to perform. If you opt in to also have eyelid and lower face surgery performed then you can expect the duration of the overall surgery to be extended.
What Will Happen After Surgery?
After your mid face lift is complete you will most likely experience some temporary bruising and swelling in your mid face area. This will take several weeks to completely heal and be less visible. You can also expect the mid face area to feel stiff. For example when you make different facial expressions, such as smiling wide or yawning you may feel the skin feels tight. Do not worry, these sensations will generally subside after about 10-14 days. By about 30 days you shouldn’t really feel any tight or rigid sensations at all.
When you go home after your surgery and you are ready to go to bed for the first time, it is important that you sleep with your head in an elevated position. This will decrease any bruising and any swelling.
What will the scars be like? Could anything go wrong? Will it Be Painful?
Your incisions will be in hidden areas and will also be small, so will be much harder to be seen. As explained in the above portions, you will have a 1 inch scar in each temple just wear the hair starts and also a 1 inch scar inside the mouth under the top lip. All the sutures that will be used will dissolve over time. Over a period of months these scars will heal very well and will be hardly visible.
You will feel a little discomfort in your mid face over a few days. This can be remedied with some prescribed pain killers.
All surgeries carry some kind of risk, however when surgery is performed by a qualified surgeon, complications are very rare.
However, complications that can take place include haematoma. This is when blood collects beneath the skin and will need to be drained by a surgeon. Patients may also experience minor infections such as distortion (temporary) and scar lumpiness.
How Long Will It Take Me To Get Back To Normal?
It should take a patient no more than one to two days to get back to normal and be up and about. It will probably take 10 days to 2 weeks to resume work after surgery. Patients should avoid any strenuous activities, these include: contact sports such as rugby,football etc, sex, heavy lifting or housework and generally anything that is to strenuous. These should all be avoided for at least 2 weeks.
Most important is that you get plenty of rest and allow your body to spend most of its energy on healing your mid face.