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.
Midface Lift Reviews
"From the moment I walked into the office, I felt like I was in the right place. Lupe was friendly, explained the procedures and answered my questions. Dr. Mentz was thorough in his exam, and I feel confident he has the experience and knowledge to obtain the best results for a facelift. I trust his judgement and know I'll be happy with the outcome. "- A. / Demandforce / Mar 13, 2014
"I am very pleased with the results of my facelift that Dr. Mentz performed on me. I would highly recommend Dr. Mentz to everyone I know. "- K. / Demandforce / Apr 10, 2014
"It has been eight weeks since my facelift and dual fraxel . The bruises and puffiness are finally disappearing and I now look like I did 20 years ago. The wonderful thing about Dr Mentz is he keeps you looking like you but just a whole lot better. I'm almost 67 and I now love the way I look!!!! "- A. / Demandforce / Jul 24, 2014
"Dr. Mentz did it all for me. Ladies, if you are ready for your facelift, look no further. His staff was superb and his care was thorough. All of it, from the imaging, extensive consent, presurgery preparation, their surgicenter, overnight?"- J. / Citysearch / Jun 14, 2008
"I had my facelift about a year ago and Dr. Mentz has been a blessing all the way through. He coached me through the consultation, measured every millimeter of my face. the staff was great and took great care of me and when it was done, I?"- P. / Citysearch / Oct 16, 2010
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.