A mid-facelift addresses sagging and drooping around the cheeks, jawline and general mid-face area. A mid-facelift tightens the skin and tissue in this area and removes any excess skin, creating a tighter, smoother and more youthful face shape. It can also address hollowness under the eyes.

What does the surgery involve?

During a mid-facelift, small, deep incisions are created on either side of the face in the hairline and also in the mouth above the upper teeth. Sometimes a midfacelift can also be achieved in a vertical direction by making incisions below the lower eyelids and can be combined with a lower blepharoplasty. Through these incisions, the surgeon has access to lift the muscles of the mid-face and skin both vertically and diagonally.

Either technique of mid-facelift is capable of resolving issues with hollowed under-eyes, sagging in the cheeks and prominent nasolabial folds. If indicated an cheekbone implant can also be placed during the procedure if the patient is suffering a loss of volume through the cheeks.

What can I expect following surgery?

You’ll be required to stay overnight in hospital following your surgery, and will be allowed to return home the following day. Mid-facelifts do not often elicit excessive pain during recovery, so any mild discomfort can be easily managed by painkillers, which will be prescribed to you by your surgeon.

In the immediate interim of the surgery, you may experience tightness or tingling in your skin, which is generated by routine postoperative swelling.

You should aim to take between 1-2 weeks off work to allow for the majority of your swelling and bruising to subside. Exercise should be avoided for 3 weeks, and intense exercise or contact sports for up to 6 weeks postoperatively.

What are the possible risks of surgery?

Complications after mid-facelifts are uncommon, and the chance of contracting an adverse side-effect becomes rarer still if the patient properly follows the aftercare advice laid out to them by their surgeon.

As with all surgical procedures, there is a slight chance of infection, which can be easily treated with antibiotics in the event that it does occur.

There is also a chance that the sutures used to secure the soft tissue in the mid-face will slip. This likelihood of this happening is very rare, but in the event that it does, it may need to be rectified with a brief corrective surgical procedure.

Other risks associated with a mid-facelift include potential damage to the sensory (feeling) or motor (movement) nerves. The chance of this occurring is rare anyway, and the majority of nerve damage caused by a surgical procedure is temporary, and will naturally subside within 3-6 months. If this is something you are concerned about, speak to your surgeon during your consultation to get a more tangible gauge on the potential risks associated with surgery.

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