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    Midface Lift or Cheek Lift Surgery

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    Nov052012

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    Mar222012

    beautiful skin and cheeksRenew a look of vitality - give your midface a mini lift - sculpt higher, youthful cheeks

    Thursday
    Mar222012

    Midface Mini Lift

    Are you in your late 30’s to early 40’s? Do you see the upper portions of your aging face starting to descend? Have you noticed it started with your brow, then your eyes, and has now hit your cheeks? Do you wonder if you're a candidate for a midface mini lift?

    Do you see a drooping and flattening effect on your upper cheeks? Is it creating a drawn, hollow look under your eyes? Do you wish to restore the seamless contour from your lower eyelids to youthfully elevated cheeks?

    If you find yourself identifying with this situation, you are likely a good candidate for a midface mini lift or cheek augmentation surgery. If you're tired of the maintenance of regular tissue filler injectable treatments and want a more permanent and effective solution, but aren't ready for a traditional face/neck lift, you are also a great candidate.

     

    how does a mini lift alter my appearance?

    As you age and your skin becomes less elastic, your eyebrows and cheeks droop. As a result, the contours of your cheeks flatten. Folds and creases in the skin between your nose and mouth (i.e., nasolabial folds) become accentuated. Crow's feet wrinkles deepen at the outer corners of your eyes.

    The midface or cheek lift is often considered a "baby step" in the spectrum of facial rejuvenation surgeries. Midface mini lift surgery, in the hands of Dr. Macdonald, is designed to:

    • Re-establish youthful cheek volume and contour
    • Soften or eliminate deep, pronounced nasolabial folds
    • Elevate the lateral aspect of your eyebrows
    • Soften crow's feet wrinkles at the outer corners of your eyes

     What this relatively minor procedure won't do:

    • Tighten jowls
    • Eliminate marionette lines (at the corners of the mouth)
    • Eliminate neck bands or wrinkles

    If these are your goals, you should consider a more traditional facelift.

     

    what do I do before cheek lift surgery?

    Before surgical treatment to lift your midface or cheeks, consult the surgical recovery chart to plan appropriately for adequate healing downtime. Thorough planning and compliance with pre-surgical instruction are just as important as post-op instruction compliance.

     

    mini lift surgery details

    A midface (upper cheek) mini lift surgery restores youthful elevation and fullness to your cheeks, smooths folds and wrinkles in your midface and crow’s feet, and takes several years off your appearance.

    • A small incision is placed inside the mouth on each side to approach the cheeks from below. A second incision is hidden just within the hairline above your ears. In this way, all incisions are completely hidden from view.
    • Dr. Macdonald repositions and suspends the soft tissue of the cheek pads in a more elevated, youthful position, creating a seamless contour between lower eyelid and cheek, and softening the nasolabial folds.
    • Surgery takes 2 hours.

    The effects of a midface “mini lift” commonly last 7-10 years before you’re likely to want any additional aesthetic rejuvenation procedures in this area.

     

    other surgeries combined with mini lift

    To achieve holistically blended, natural looking facial rejuvenation results, it’s often helpful to combine surgical procedures. This generally achieves the most optimal effect.

    Given that upper regions of your face exhibit the first effects of aging, midface lifts are most often combined with brow lifts and eyelid surgery to address both facial areas simultaneously.

     

    mini lift healing and recovery

    • Post-surgical pain and discomfort is minimal.
    • Swelling and bruising is normal within the first 3-7 days post-op.
    • Any non-dissolvable sutures or staples (above the hairline) are removed at 5-7 days post-op.
    • You can expect to resume work and other non-strenuous daily activities within 5-7 days.
    • Conservatively resume high intensity physical activities.
    • You are healed within 3-6 months.

    Read more after treatment tips for how best to manage healing following a mini lift, sometimes referred to as cheek suspension surgery or cheek lift. Download this surgery’s specific Post-Op Instruction Sheet to be sure you’ve covered all the bases for an optimal healing experience.

     

    non-surgical alternatives to a midface lift

    Injectable dermal fillers also effectively deliver improvement in volumization of the midface and cheeks, and restore youthful contour. Suitable fillers used in our center include: Restylane®, JUVEDERM®, Perlane and Radiesse®.

    This non-surgical approach to treatment is relatively painless. Downtime is negligible with instantly gratifying results. The down side of this option is that sustaining your desired look requires maintenance treatments every 8-12 months. Still, this may be a suitable alternative for you.

    Wednesday
    Mar212012

    cheek augmentation surgery

    Your cheekbones are vital to the overall frame of your face—serving as the top of the natural “V” shape. Cheeks that are full and lifted portray an alluring youthfulness and vitality in both women and men.

    Cheek augmentation surgery can improve the overall look of your face by creating attractively strong, high cheekbone definition. Using an implant to augment your cheeks also substitutes for aging-related volume loss in your cheeks or the area below your cheeks.

    Do you wish to create or restore volume in your cheeks and midface on a more permanent basis than is feasible with non-surgical injectables? If so, then you may be a good candidate for cheek augmentation surgery.

     

    how cheek augmentation changes my look

    As you age, gravity leaves its mark. Your skin thins, becomes lax and saggy. Underlying soft tissue atrophies. This loss of youthful volume results in flattening and sometimes hollowing of your cheeks.

    The whole aging progression contributes to a drawn, tired look. Cheek augmentation restores a more rested, volumized, youthful appearance. This is accomplished by inserting an implant to “lift and fill” your cheek area, including the area just below your cheekbones.

    The results of cheek augmentation produce a more defined cheek line, with elimination of a gaunt, hollowed look. As an additional benefit, the “fill” created by insertion of an implant also softens or eliminates deep, pronounced nasolabial folds (lines between nose and mouth).

     

    what to do before cheek augmentation?

    Consult our surgical recovery reference chart before treatment to help you plan for what to expect both pre and post cheek augmentation surgery. There’s plenty to consider, so make planning for both surgery and recovery a priority.

     

    cheek augmentation surgery details

    Cheek augmentation surgery utilizes a permanent implant to elevate and "fill" your cheeks to a more youthful state.

    • Implant size and shape varies. Initial selection is made at your pre-op appointment based on your treatment goals and Dr. Macdonald's surgical experience and judgment. Implant sizers are used to help with this decision by simulating your final result.
    • The final implant selection decision is made at the time of surgery, taking into account your desires and how the implant looks once in position.
    • Small incisions are placed along the gum line inside your mouth, one on each side.
    • The silastic or Gortex implants selected are placed against your own cheekbones.
    • Dr. Macdonald closes the incisions with dissolvable sutures.
    • He places tape on your cheeks to hold the implants in proper healing position.
    • Surgery takes 1-2 hours.

    The beautiful lifting effects of cheek augmentation are permanent.

     

    cheek augmentation can be combined with...

    To achieve holistically blended natural-looking facial rejuvenation results, it’s often helpful to combine surgical procedures. This generally achieves the most optimal rejuvenating effect. You may wish to incorporate the volumizing effect of cheek augmentation with facelift surgery for a comprehensive rejuvenation approach.

     

    healing after cheek augmentation surgery

    • Post-op pain and discomfort are minimal.
    • As with any surgery, some swelling and bruising is normal within the first 3-7 days post-op.
    • Tape placed on your cheeks after surgery should remain for 5 days. Sutures inside your mouth dissolve within 5-8 days post-op.
    • Within 5-7 days, you should be able to resume work and other non-strenuous daily activities.
    • Conservatively resume high intensity physical activities.
    • You are healed within 3-6 months.

    Read more after treatment tips for how best to manage your healing process after cheek augmentation surgery. You may also want to download this surgery’s specific Post-Op Instruction Sheet to have on hand as easy reference for any questions that may arise.

     

    alternatives to cheek augmentation

    Injectable dermal fillers also effectively deliver improvement in cheek lift and youthful contour. Suitable fillers used in our center include: Restylane®, JUVEDERM®, Perlane and Radiesse®.

    Depending on your budget, availability of downtime, and desired length of results, ask Dr. Macdonald to determine whether one of these non-surgical options is best suited to you.