Facelift vs. Midface Lift
There are many popular facial enhancement procedures out there that can make you look years younger. For example, a facelift and midface lift are both anti-aging surgeries that can help patients achieve a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. If you are wondering which aesthetic option is right for you, it is important to know the differences between a facelift and midface lift.
A full facelift can address multiple signs of aging in the lower face and mid to upper neck region by doing the following:
- Lifting and tightening underlying tissue and musculature
- Removing fat under the chin and neck via liposuction
- Redistributing fat to address lost facial volume
- Excising excess skin
- Redefining the neck contour
- Reducing the appearance of severe lines and wrinkles
There are already many benefits to receiving a full facelift, but some patients may want to combine their treatment with other procedures, like blepharoplasty and brow lift surgery, for a more comprehensive result. When necessary, laser skin resurfacing and/or BOTOX® injections can be added to the facelift treatment plan to improve skin tone and texture while smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
A midface lift focuses more on the middle third of the face, which includes the cheeks and under eye area. To create a more youthful appearance, the midface lift procedure usually addresses the following concerns:
- Facial volume loss
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Hollowness around the eyes
- Under-eye bags
- Lax facial skin beneath the cheeks (patients with loose skin in the neck may be better suited for a full facelift)
Since one of the goals of a midface lift is to make the face appear more volumized and youthful, the procedure usually pairs well with facial fillers. We typically recommend hyaluronic acid-based fillers JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® Lyft to add volume to hollow areas of the midface. Similar to a full facelift, a midface lift can provide many age-defying benefits to appear more refreshed and rested.
Your unique needs and aesthetic goals will help determine whether a facelift or a midface lift is the optimal choice to enhance your appearance. Right now, you may prefer one treatment over the other, but we highly encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Albert Cytryn so that he can help determine which cosmetic option can deliver the best results.