Do you have dark circles or bags under your eyes? If so, you should be interested in a mid-face lift. The mid-face is the area from the lower eyelids to the nasolabial folds (the lines from the nose to the corner of the mouth). Over time, gravity and loss of cheek volume can cause the mid-face area to sag, which can create dark circles under the eyes, lines around the mouth, and make you appear older than your true age.
Mid-face lifting, which is also known as a cheek lift, helps to restore youthfulness to the face. The procedure eliminates dark circles and shadows by raising the cheek fat pad, thus smoothing the junction between the lower eyelids and cheek. A mid-face lift can even help lift jowls in the jaw line and give the face a more youthful heart shape.
Mid-face lifting is oftentimes combined into one package with lower laser blepharoplasty and eyelid tightening. This same-day outpatient procedure is performed through micro-incisions near the outer corners of the eyes. The recovery time is usually a few weeks and complications are rare.
Mid-face lifting is still a relatively new addition to the face-lifting family, having only truly begun around the year 2000. Dr. Enzer developed the multi-vectored, multi-planed (MVP) suspender flap, which he believes to be the safest and most successful means of mid-face lifting. He was invited to present his technique to over seven hundred plastic surgeons in Chicago, October 2005. With over ten years of experience utilizing this technique, we see that this procedure has very long lasting success.
Other procedures can also give added benefit to the mid-face lift, and are often done at the same time. Laser skin resurfacing can be used to minimize wrinkles and improve the skin’s complexion. Read more about laser resurfacing here.
A lower blepharoplasty can reduce puffiness under the eyes from fat bulges. Read more about lower eyelid procedures here.
Some patients also benefit from fat transfer or facial fillers to help restore youthful volume to the under eye and mid-face area. Talk with Dr. Enzer to determine which option is best for you and your aesthetic goals.
Brow and Forehead Lifting
If your heavy eyelids are caused by sagging brows, then you may be a candidate for a brow lift or forehead lift. These procedures help to open up the eye area by raising the eyebrows to create a more alert and youthful appearance. This can be done non-invasively with a combination of neuromodulators (e.g. Botox), facial fillers, and/or fat transfer; or by a variety of lifting techniques. Many patients benefit from both filling and lifting at the same time.
Brow and forehead lifting procedures are usually performed as a same-day outpatient surgery. The laser may also be utilized to minimize bruising and swelling. Patients can expect about two weeks of healing time before resuming their normal activities.
Dr. Enzer offers a variety of brow and forehead lifting techniques, and will help you decide which technique is best for your circumstances. Dr. Enzer helped pioneer the minimally invasive endoscopic forehead lift procedure and develop the technique to where it is today.
Modern approaches to these procedures will also address loss of brow volume. As we age, the youthful brow shape is lost and the deflated skin sags down over the upper lids. In many cases, procedures to restore this volume, such as fat transfer or facial fillers, can actually replace surgical lifting and give a more natural result. An upper blepharoplasty is often performed at the same time to deliver a tighter and more open upper lid area.
If you feel that your heavy brows are making you look more tired than you feel, contact us for a consultation. Dr. Enzer will work with you to achieve your goals, and help you turn back the hands of time to get that refreshed, youthful look you want.