Everyone at some point experiences the effects of aging. You may notice your face sagging and losing its youthful and vibrant look. If you are unsatisfied with the look of your face but don’t have the time and money to invest in a full facelift, consider a midface lift. A midface lift corrects drooping cheeks, under eye bags, and the deep creases that run from the corners of your nose to the corners of your mouth. It will make your face more full and youthful-looking.
Why Choose a Midface Lift?
If your main problem areas lie in the space between your lower eyelids and your mouth, a midface lift is preferable to a full facelift. Because less tissue will be affected during surgery, this procedure involves less trauma to your tissue and a shorter recovery time than a traditional facelift. While problems such as sagging cheeks can be corrected with other treatments like implants or dermal fillers, a midface lift often provides the best results and lasts considerably longer.
During the Procedure
During your midface lift, you will be given anesthesia or an intravenous sedative. Depending on your specific needs, Dr. Hamrah will make very small incisions (about an inch long) by your ears, temples, the inside of your mouth, and over your cheek bones. He will reposition the fat and muscle in your face to lift the skin around your nose and cheeks, and he will trim extra skin around the eyes to remove bags and wrinkles.
This surgery can be performed in as little as one hour, and you will most likely be able to wear makeup immediately after the procedure. However, you will experience swelling and bruising for 7 to 12 days after surgery and your face will be itchy as it starts to heal. Using an ice pack during the first 24 to 48 hours after your surgery can help minimize swelling.
While you recover, it is important to take one week off from work or other regular activities avoid strenuous physical activity for 6 weeks.
Risks and Side Effects
While thousands have undergone midface lifts without complication, there is always a risk of problems associated with surgical procedures. Risks include nerve damage and numbness, but this is usually temporary. It is normal to have initial numbness under the eyes and have trouble working your cheek muscles. You may also experience hair loss around your incisions. In most cases, these effects will fade as you heal.
Involving less pain and recovery time than a full facelift, a midface lift can tighten and lift sagging cheeks and mouth, leaving you with a refreshed face and renewed self confidence.
If you are considering a midface lift and are located in the area of Washington, D.C. or northern Virginia, please contact Dr. Hamrah to schedule a personal consultation today.