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The midface is the region of the face below the eyes to the mouth. The appearance of the midface is a result of the deep bony skeletal structure, the amount of facial fat, the amount of muscle and the skin character. As we age the facial fat in the midface decreases disproportionally to the rest of our body. The lack of volume in the midface can deepen the nasolabial folds, or grooves by our mouth, and lead to a tired appearance. Rejuvenation of the midface involves replacing the descended fat pockets and tissue to their natural position, sometimes in combination with adding volume using fat in a fat transfer.
How is the surgery performed?
The midface lift can be performed in combination with lower blepharoplasty surgery. If the lower eyelids are to be addressed at the same time, often the same incision can be used for both the lower eyelid blepharoplasty and the midface lift. This involves a fine incision immediately below the lash line of the lower eyelid to minimize the chance of a visible scar. Dr. Hessler will perform a thorough exam to see if this is an option for you. The position of your eyes, any dryness to your eyes and medical ocular concerns will be evaluated.
A midface lift can also be performed with a small incision in the hairline at the temple and just above the ear on both sides, along with a small incision inside the mouth. Regardless of which incision is used, the goal of a midface lift is to reshape the face to create a more rejuvenated and refreshed contour to the face.
What type of anesthesia is used for a midface lift?
The midface lift is usually performed under IV sedation. This means you do not need to have a breathing tube placed, something many patients wish to avoid. Depending on your level of comfort and any associated procedures performed, the level of anesthesia can be tailored to your individual case. Dr. Hessler only works with the most highly trained anesthesiologists and nurses to assure you receive the best care during your plastic surgery procedures.
Schedule Your Midface Lift Consultation Today
If you would like to speak with Palo Alto plastic surgeon Dr. Jill Hessler about the midface lift in more detail, please call our office at (650) 799-9009 to schedule a personal consultation.