Babies and young toddlers have full fat pads on the cheeks that create the typical rounded baby face. As we get older, we lose some of this baby fat to develop more flattering facial planes as cheek bones are accentuate. But as the years continue to pass, many people continue to lose this fat pad so the facial contours become sharp and the cheeks appear hollow. A mid-facelift (also called a cheek lift) removes excess skin from the cheeks, then raises the muscles and fat of the cheeks into a higher position to restore a youthful look to the face. In addition to improving the appearance of the cheeks, a mid-facelift corrects under eye bags and the nasolabial folds. For patients who want subtler results than a standard facelift, a mid-facelift performed by triple board-certified Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Henry Mentz, can restore the appearance of the face with less invasive techniques and a shorter recovery.
"Second to none! Dr. Mentz is an artist and sought after. Do yourself a favor and read about his experience, expertise and accolades!"- T.W. / Facebook / May 18, 2017
"I had a double chin that bothered me for years. Dr Mentz performed liposuction under my chin, it was such an easy procedure... and I can't believe I didn't do it years ago! No scars, the recovery is about one week. And I look younger! Thank you Dr. Mentz!!! Best plastic surgeon ever."- D.P. / Facebook / Apr 21, 2017
"Continuing New Years Resolution - Currently a post-op patient. After weight loss had a buttock lift performed by Cortez in Houston and after healing top buttock hip crease was lumpy, sagging and also there was still a lot of fat still needing lipo per flank area. Went for consultation afterwards did not feel comfortable with second assessement. Overheard ladies talking about Dr. Mentz at a park and decided to give him a try...."- H. / RealSelf / Mar 24, 2017
"I have been a patient of Dr. MENTZ for more than 15 years. He is an artist...very gifted. He is extremely kind and thoughtful. His staff is conscientious, diligent and very responsive. Choose Dr Mentz and you will be ecstatic with the quality and aesthetics. Also HIGHLY recommend Renee at the spa for fillers, Botox excetera. She is just the best."- L.F. / Yelp / Mar 01, 2017
"Dr. Mentz is incredibly talented. I was so comfortable with him and his vision for my "mommy makeover". He has such a calm and kind nature and he was exactly the surgeon I was looking for. "- N. / Demandforce / Feb 23, 2017
A mid-facelift is usually performed as an outpatient surgery with the patient under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility, like the ACPS SurgiCentre. The surgeon begins with small, but deep incisions through the muscle layer. In some cases, an endoscope may be used to improve the surgeon’s view of the cheeks as they raise and adjust the fat and muscles of the mid-face until a smooth, even contour is created. Once both cheeks are in a proper, symmetrical position, the surgeon will close the incisions with sutures.
The recovery period for a mid-facelift is usually about 1 – 2 weeks, which is much shorter than the recovery for other facelift procedures. Most patients will be able to return to work and their normal activities about 1 week after their surgery. Patients should expect some bruising and swelling after their surgery that can be improved with cold compresses and keeping their head elevated.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $5,000
- Recovery Time
- 4-6 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Procedure Recovery Location
Cheek Lift FAQs
Causes of Sunken Cheeks?
Some people have naturally sunken cheeks due to their genetics, but others may develop sunken cheeks from age, poor nutrition, smoking, or HIV. Without youthful contours, cheeks can sag and make the whole face appear older.
With a Facelift?
In a traditional facelift, the cheeks are usually not altered much, but by combining a facelift with a cheek lift, you can improve your results and get a more natural-looking appearance. A mid facelift can still produce great results on its own, but some patients may get their best results from combining the face surgeries.
Cheek Lift Vs. Fillers?
There are many injectable wrinkle fillers, including Juvéderm Voluma, Sculptra, and Belotero, that can temporarily improve the volume and lift of the cheeks. It can be beneficial to try these fillers first to determine the look you want and then have a mid-facelift to get similar results that are longer lasting.