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MID Face Lift - Cheeklift

For cosmetic surgery, new techniques have been developed over {the} years that can help people look and feel a lot younger in a fairly short time. Amongst {the} numerous procedures available, a mid-face lift or trans-conjunctival sub-orbicularis oculi fat pad (SOOF) lift is a well-recognized procedure with numerous advantages.

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In this section, we shall briefly review this surgical procedure and discuss its benefits.

 

When is a mid-face lift performed?
  •  A SOOF- lift is performed for people whose lower eyelids are drooping downwards and {the} tissue loss and fat protuberance are causing bags and festoons.  
  • These changes are seen as a part of {the} normal aging process or perhaps are just genetic. In addition, alterations in {the} tone of {the} muscles that surround {the} eye can also result in droopy eyelids and in such patients, a mid-face lift can be beneficial.
How is {the} procedure performed?
  • The procedure is performed under local or general anesthesia. Once {the} benefits and risks have been explained {the} patient, {the} area around {the} eyes is cleaned with antiseptic solution. A small incision is made in {the} inside of {the} eyelid just under {the} area known as {the} tarsal plate.   The incision can also be made under {the} eyelashes on {the} skin side.
  • Excessive fat and skin may possibly need to be removed. The removal of this tissue may possibly be necessary, since if it is left behind, it can make {the} area look rather bulky.
  • Once {the} mid-face lift has concluded, {the} incision sites are closed with sutures and ointment is applied. In general, {the} long-term results with a SOOF-lift are excellent. Rarely patients require repeat surgery.  Fillers may possibly be helpful –this can be discussed and decided upon after {the} healing has occurred.
  • While {the} above describes one technique of performing {the} procedure, different surgeons may possibly, of course, have different individual techniques.
Benefits of a mid-face lift
  • Given {the} limited area included in a SOOF- lift, {the} changes seen with a complete facelift such as jowl improvement are not seen. However, {the} cheeks may possibly appear fuller after a mid-face lift than they might after a complete facelift.
Risks and limitations
  • As is {the} case with any surgical procedure, a mid-face lift carries {the} risk of side-effects from anesthesia. Most surgeons and patients think it is important to have an anesthesiologist present.  A small amount of bleeding and bruising at {the} site of surgery is common.  The scars are usually aesthetically acceptable.
  • Some patients may possibly not be completely satisfied with a mid-face lift since {the} post-operative changes can be rather subtle. For this reason, some patients opt to have additional surgery done to give their face an even more refreshed look.
Summary
  • The mid-face lift is a surgical option for helping an individual’s mid- face region look younger and healthier.  It is a rather complex operation and like any surgery may possibly have complications. The choice between a mid-face lift and a complete facelift must be made after a detailed discussion between {the} patient and {the} operating plastic surgeon.