With advancing age, gravity and relaxation of ligaments of mid-face lead to a descent of cheek. This has two major effects, a loss of volume in the region where the lower eyelid meets the cheek (the nasojugal fold or “tear trough”) and deepening of the folds of skin at the junction of the face and lip (nasolabial fold).

faceliftA mid-facelift can help restore the volume to your cheek and soften your nasolabial folds. During your consultation at his office, Dr. Michaels will evaluate your degree of brow descent. Dr. Michaels has several techniques to restore the position of your mid-face. The technique chosen will depend on the degree of mid-face descent. In many cases, a mid-facelift is performed at the same time and through the same incision as lower eyelid lift. For patients who require more extensive rejuvenation, Dr. Michaels also performs facelift surgery.

Depending on the degree of lift necessary to meet your unique needs, Dr. Michaels can perform your procedure under local anesthesia in his office. This has the added benefits of no additional anesthesia or hospital costs and a quicker recovery.

Quick Facts

Length

1-3 hours (depending on extent of procedure)

Anesthesia

Local or general, depends on extent

In/outpatient

Either outpatient or inpatient

Side effects

Numbness, temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain

Risks

Pain, bleeding, infection, rare damage to nerves, incomplete improvement

Recovery

1 week back at work. 1 week light exercise. 2 – 3 weeks more strenuous activity. 4 – 8 weeks for swelling to completely resolve.

Duration of results

About 3-5 years

If you would like to learn more about a mid-facelift, click here or call 301-468-5991 in Bethesda, Maryland or 703-957-8610 in Fairfax, Virginia to schedule a consultation.