Many factors influence the health and appearance of the face: Aging, the effects of gravity, repetitive facial movements, sun damage and environmental stress, as well as personal habits (smoking in particular). While these changes occur throughout the face and neck, they are often first noticed in the mid-face—the region between the lower eyelids and mouth—marked by lower lid bags, hollows, sagging cheeks and deepening folds adjacent to the nose and lips.
Major advances in restoring youthfulness to this important area have occurred with the development of non-reactive supportive suture designs and with minimal-incision endoscopic procedures.
Restoration of youthful contour over the cheek bones can also be coordinated with eyelid smoothing (lower lid blepharoplasty) or with cheek implants for those with inherited flat cheekbones.
Endoscopic Midface Lift Procedure
Using a sedative or general anesthesia, small incisions hidden within the temporal hair or inside the mouth allow repositioning of sagging elements aided by tiny instruments and a fiberoptic camera system. Specialized sutures and organic dissolvable fixators help produce a natural, restorative lift.
Recovery from Endoscopic Midface Lift
After an endoscopic midface lift, patients will usually need about a week off from work and other regular activities. Bruising and swelling are typically mild and helped by icing and head elevation. This will naturally vary with the individual and when other procedures are done at the same time. Numbness and subtle weakness in the treated area are usually quite temporary. Dr. Butler will discuss any other specific aids to recovery that may be helpful.
Natural appearing rejuvenation without an “operated look” is typical after mid-face lifting.