What Is a Mid Facelift?
During a traditional facelift, an individual can address the following signs of aging in the face and neck:
- Sagging skin in the middle of the face
- Deep creases under the lower eyelids
- Deep creases along the nose that stretch to the corners of the mouth
- Loss of skin tone in the lower part of the face that creates jowls
- Loose skin and excess fatty deposits under the jaw and chin
Whereas a traditional facelift emphasizes reducing the visible signs of aging in the face and neck, a mid facelift is used to treat the cheeks and the surrounding area. Thus, a mid facelift does not address the upper cheek and lower eyelids in the same way as a traditional facelift.
A mid facelift is an effective treatment for individuals who want to elevate the cheeks without lifting the neck and areas under the chin. It allows a person to focus exclusively on signs of aging in the nose, eyes and corners of the mouth. The surgery can be completed on its own or to supplement a traditional facelift or facial fillers treatment. Candidates for a mid facelift often have more subtle signs of aging and are not ready for a full facelift yet.
In a mid facelift procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh will make the same delicate and well-hidden incisions around the ear as he would during a traditional facelift. Dr. Azizzadeh will then elevate the muscles surrounding the nose and in the cheeks and restore lost volume with multi-level fat grafting, if needed, to provide his patients with natural-looking results.
To determine if a mid facelift or a traditional facelift is the best facial rejuvenation treatment, it is crucial to meet with Dr. Azizzadeh. During a patient consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates a patient’s facial appearance and offers a personalized treatment recommendation, which may include a mid facelift, traditional facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures.
Benefits of a Mid Facelift
A mid facelift offers many benefits, including:
- Improved Facial Appearance: A mid facelift offers an upper cheek lift and can provide a person with a more youthful facial appearance.
- Proven Results: A mid facelift surgery has been shown to deliver long-lasting results.
A facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon will outline the benefits of a mid facelift procedure during an initial consultation. Also, the surgeon will address an individual’s mid facelift concerns and questions at this time.
How Long Does It Take to Complete a Mid Facelift?
A typical mid facelift requires 60 to 90 minutes to complete. The overall time required to perform the procedure varies based on the extent of treatment.
How to Prepare for a Mid Facelift
Dr. Azizzadeh provides tips to help a mid facelift patient prepare for surgery. He often recommends a patient do one or more of the following leading up to a mid facelift:
- Undergo a lab test and/or medical evaluation
- Stop taking any medications that could interfere with mid facelift recovery
- Avoid smoking
Dr. Azizzadeh offers insights into the entire mid facelift process. This allows a mid facelift patient to prepare for surgery. It also ensures that a mid facelift patient knows how to reduce his or her risk of complications during the recovery cycle.
Recovery from a Mid Facelift
Typically, the initial recovery period from a mid facelift lasts about one week. A mid facelift is less invasive in comparison to a traditional facelift. As a result, an individual may experience less bruising and swelling following a mid facelift surgery than he or she would after a traditional facelift procedure.
Dr. Azizzadeh will help an individual establish realistic expectations for recovery from a mid facelift. In addition, Dr. Azizzadeh and his staff will help a person plan accordingly for a mid facelift procedure.
What to Expect After a Mid Facelift
A mid facelift is performed endoscopically, and surgical incisions typically measure between ½-in. to 1-in. Dr. Azizzadeh places mid facelift surgical incisions behind a patient’s ears in the hairline. As such, surgical incisions are virtually invisible after a mid facelift treatment.
Following mid facelift surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh provides instructions to ensure his patient can recover properly. Some of Dr. Azizzadeh’s postoperative mid facelift care instructions include:
- Limit physical activity in the first week after surgery
- Keep the head elevated as much as possible
- Avoid strenuous exercise for about three weeks following surgery
- Avoid alcohol in the first week after surgery
- Stay hydrated and consume plenty of fluids in the first few days after surgery
Dr. Azizzadeh stays in touch with a patient and tracks his or her progress in the days and weeks after a mid facelift procedure. If a patient has concerns or questions during the mid facelift recovery period, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to help.
Are You a Good Candidate for a Mid Facelift?
The ideal mid facelift candidate displays visible signs of aging in the area from the eyes to the jawline. If an individual’s cheeks droop or he or she has deep smile lines or hollowed out eyes, this individual may be a good candidate for a mid facelift.
Dr. Azizzadeh requests a consultation with a mid facelift candidate before treatment. The consultation allows Dr. Azizzadeh to evaluate a patient, find out why he or she is considering a mid facelift and develop a personalized treatment plan for this individual.
If Dr. Azizzadeh believes a mid facelift can be safely performed and improve a patient’s facial appearance, he recommends the procedure. Or, if Dr. Azizzadeh believes a mid facelift won’t necessarily help a patient achieve his or her desired results, he offers alternative treatment options.
Can a Mid Facelift Be Performed in Conjunction with Other Facial Rejuvenation Procedures?
In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends a mid facelift be performed in combination with a forehead lift or browlift. He may also recommend a mid facelift be completed at the same time as a lower blephblepharoplasty. Each mid facelift treatment is tailored to a patient and his or her unique facial features. Thus, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend a mid facelift and one or more facial rejuvenation procedures be completed simultaneously to deliver the best-possible treatment results.
What Is the Ideal Age to Undergo a Mid Facelift?
Many mid facelift patients undergo treatment in their 30s and 40s. However, there is no perfect ago for a mid facelift.
Dr. Azizzadeh examines a patient to find out if he or she qualifies for a mid facelift or other facial rejuvenation procedures. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes an individual can benefit from a mid facelift, he will recommend the procedure for him or her, regardless of age.
How Much Does a Mid Facelift Cost?
The average cost of a mid facelift varies depending on location, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon’s expertise and other factors. We cannot provide patients with an estimated cost until Dr. Azizzadeh has evaluated the patient’s mid facelift needs.
To determine how much a mid facelift procedure will cost, consult with an experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. A double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh will explain the costs associated with a mid facelift during an initial consultation.
Schedule a Mid Facelift Consultation Today
Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to educate men and women about mid facelift surgery. Schedule a mid facelift treatment consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh in Beverly Hills, California today, and you can learn about this procedure.