What is Mid Face Lift?

A mid-facelift, also known as a cheek lift, addresses one of the earliest signs of aging – sagging of the cheeks and the surrounding area. For many, the traditional facelift may not fully treat the upper cheek and lower eyelid areas of the face, which often flatten and lengthen with age.

A cheek lift elevates the fat pad in the cheek (called the malar fat pad), providing fullness to the eyes and cheeks – leading to a refreshed, rejuvenated look. Results are more permanent than those offered by injectables, and recovery from a mid-face lift is quicker than a traditional facelift.

Am I a candidate for a mid-face lift/cheek lift?

A mid-facelift (cheek lift) is a highly individualized procedure. Good candidates for a mid-face lift include:

  • Individuals with heaviness below the cheeks
  • Individuals with hollowness beneath the eyes
  • Healthy individuals who do not have medical conditions that can impair healing or increase the risk of surgery
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific, but realistic goals in mind for the improvement of their appearance.

Is a mid-face lift/cheek lift safe?

All surgical procedures carry some risk. Possible complications from a mid-face lift include:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Temporary numbness under the eyes
  • Temporary muscles numbness when moving the middle portion of the face
  • Blood clots (rare)
  • Hematoma (blood under the skin) or seroma (fluid under the skin)
  • Infection
  • Hair loss along the incision
  • Healing problems.

What results can I expect?

A mid-face lift can dramatically change your appearance. While your results will be immediate, the cheek pad may look “overcorrected,” but, over time, the cheek settles into a natural position. To maintain your results, it is important to follow up with your Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center cosmetic surgeon, as well as being mindful of life-long sun protection. View our cheek lift (mid-face lift) before and after photos to see results from actual patients.

What is involved in recovery?

A cheek lift is performed under general anesthesia or conscious sedation and is performed as an outpatient procedure at Cleveland Clinic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Center locations. Recovery usually takes seven to 10 days, with most patients requiring only a week off from work or other regular activities. Minimal bruising and swelling after the procedure is eased by using ice for the first 24 to 48 hours.

Because your surgery will be completed as an outpatient, please make certain to bring someone with you to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours following surgery.

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