Mid-Face Lifts

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 oculoplastic 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.