The eyelid and midface continuum is one of the most important anatomic areas that contributes to the overall facial aesthetic. When you first meet someone face to face, it’s this middle third that often gets all of the attention and focus. In fact, our first impressions are typically drawn from this area. Historically, cosmetic surgeons removed too much skin and fat from the lower eyelid and midface region, creating a tight (and even skeletonized) look. Today we understand that we want just the opposite—a fuller, more volumized look. This is the rejuvenated, more refreshed appearance that can be achieved via a midface lift.
What Is a Midface Lift?
Often performed in association with lower eyelid blepharoplasty, a midface lift is designed to improve the contour of the cheeks, helping to eliminate excess skin, remove redundant cheek fat, and elevate weakened facial muscles. This surgery is frequently augmented with facial fillers—such as hyaluronic acid-based JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® Lyft—to add volume to a severely gaunt or hollow midfacial appearance.
Dr. Albert Cytryn has been performing midface lifts for over two decades. With this experience, he has honed his expertise in the art of evaluating the middle third of the face, which includes understanding and appreciating the aging process as well as the light and shadows that aging produces. Taking all of this into consideration, he can develop and perform a personalized treatment plan that effectively addresses your needs while yielding a beautifully rejuvenated midfacial appearance.
How Is the Midface Lift Procedure Performed?
The midface lift procedure is performed through an incision that is similar to the one used for lower eyelid blepharoplasty. The dissection of tissue is extended below the lower eyelids and into the bottom of the cheek. Once the tissues are released, the facial muscles can be advanced to their proper anatomical position, restoring a more youthful appearance. Malar or cheek fat can also be sculpted away or repositioned as needed. When the muscles have been adequately supported, excessive skin can be pulled toward the eyelids and easily removed through the incision below the eyelashes. The surgery is an important adjunct to lower blepharoplasty and helps maintain the proper continuum between a youthful lower eyelid and cheek.
What Does Recovery from a Midface Lift Entail?
Recovery from a midface lift generally takes between one and two weeks, after which time non-strenuous jobs and normal daily routines can usually be resumed. Most patients report experiencing little to no pain, though if any discomfort does occur, analgesic medication can typically be used provide effective relief. Some degree of bruising and/or swelling may also be present initially, but these symptoms are temporary and should resolve over time. To aid proper healing and help ensure an optimal final result, Dr. Cytryn often recommends avoiding strenuous activities—including exercise and physical sports—for several weeks post-surgery.
I’m receiving compliments from all my friends! Since he did my surgery I look younger and more refreshed. Dr. Cytryn took time to really listen to what I wanted. His staff was friendly and helpful.
What Does a Midface Lift Cost?
The cost of a midface lift is directly proportional to how much tissue is elevated and whether or not the lower eyelid fat pads are also involved. When performed along with lower eyelid blepharoplasty, the average range of pricing for the procedure is $3,200–$4,200. If the lower eyelids are not a prominent feature in the operation, then the cost of the surgery may be as little as $2,200.
For a personalized price quote, we encourage you to book a consultation with Dr. Cytryn. During this meeting, he can perform a comprehensive assessment of your needs and goals, which will enable him to custom-tailor a surgical plan and provide a cost estimate based on the specifics of your proposed treatment.
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To learn more about midface lift surgery, or to find out if this facial rejuvenation option is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact Cytryn Cosmetic Surgery today to schedule a consultation.