Midface facelift focuses on tightening the cheek area to reverse a saggy cheek look. The incision can be done through the conjunctiva of lower eyelids, via blepharoplasty, or using facelift incisions. Patients with the droopy appearance of cheeks would gain benefits from this procedure. Several conditions such as people with hypertension and clotting disorders may need a further assessment before going through the procedure. Preparation may include a detailed history of medical history and medications, physical examination, smoking cessation, antiplatelet and anticoagulant withdrawal for about one week before surgery.
Ensure you consider all aspects of a procedure. You can speak to your surgeon about these areas of the surgery in more detail during a consultation.
The procedure approximately takes between one to two hours.
Local anesthesia is commonly used for a faster recovery, although general anesthesia or intravenous sedation can also be options.
This is usually an outpatient procedure.
Several conditions may apply after the procedure:
- Temporary swelling, bruising, and discomfort
- Excessive tearing and light sensitivity
- Temporary dryness
- Hematoma (collection of blood under the skin)
- Dry Eyes
- Ectropion or whitish reveal on the lower eyelid
- Temporary blurred or double vision to visual loss
- Hair loss
- Abnormal scar
Topical eye ointment is advised to be used twice a day and ice may be applied to the eyelids for the first 24 hours. Patients should sleep with their head up for two nights and may shower the next day. Stitches may be removed after one week. The resolution of bruising and swelling may vary up until 2 weeks. It takes about 5-10 days for a full recovery and return to work. Use of contact lens may be resumed after 2 weeks. Smoking should be discontinued until three weeks after the surgery. Anticoagulants and anti platelets may be resumed by day 2.
Long-term results may last permanently, however, there are various determining factors of how long the results remain, such as lifestyle and the natural ageing process. Patients should pay attention to the instructions after surgery for maximum results. Since people will continue to age naturally, sun protection may help to maintain the result.