Cheek Lifting/ Malar Lifting/ Midface Lifting

Cheek Lifting/ Malar Lifting/ Midface Lifting Overview

With natural aging, your cheeks begin to sag, and an accumulation of fat forms around the midface. For some people, enduring a full facelift is not an option, whether it is the cost or the recovery time. An alternative to help correct this is a newer, less invasive procedure called a midface lift, also known as a cheek lift or malar lift.

The midface lift aim to target the:

  • Deep naso-labial folds
  • Sagging in the cheeks
  • Hollowness between the lower eyelid and the upper cheek
  • The downward slanted corners of the mouth
  • The entire mid face is lifted and repositioned to create a more youthful contour

The idea candidate for a midface lift is:

  • Physically healthy
  • A non-smoker
  • Someone with realistic goals and expectations as to what surgery can achieve for them
  • Aging men or women who are looking to rejuvenate the midface (cheek, mouth, and eye areas)

Why Choose Dr. Chahin?

Dr. Chahin prides himself in providing his patients with an environment of safety, comfort and care along with a high level of skill and expertise in the field of plastic surgery. Over 20 years of surgical experience has allowed him to build his practice in such a way that you will feel at ease and confident throughout your entire journey. Dr. Chahin strives to achieve natural looking, attractive results with a minimal recovery time and high patient satisfaction. With utilizing the most advanced, safest and least invasive techniques available in today’s sophisticated world of plastic surgery, he is specialized in providing the ultimate refinement of his skills in body contouring, facial aesthetics and breast sculpturing surgical techniques. Dr. Chahin provides his patients with an individualized plan, highlighting his exquisite attention to detail and personal touch. Through kindness, sophistication and exceptional quality of work, Dr. Chahin and his experienced team of staff members will go above and beyond to ensure their patients’ profound confidence and satisfaction.

“Thank you for all of your patience and help, I appreciate you and all of the work you do for the office and your patience. Thank you for always being there whenever I had questions. Everything you do, you do with a welcoming spirit.”

“Dear Dr. Chahin,
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“Dearest Doc,
Every day is a special day for your patients to have you! How lucky and grateful we all are for all of your expertise and care you give to each person.”

– Thank You, Ann

Final Thoughts

A mid face lift is often done in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion. Dr. Chahin will discuss with you these procedures, and what is mutually felt to be the best method of treatment to aid in achieving optimal results for you.

Cheek Lifting/ Malar Lifting/ Midface Lifting FAQ

A midface lift is intended to treat the middle 1/3 of the face (i.e. the region between the lower eyelids and the mouth), whereas, a facelift improves the lower 1/3 of the face (i.e from the corners of the mouth down to the jawline). For many patients, these two procedures are performed during same surgery, for a more complete facial rejuvenation.

Yes, you can. It is actually extremely common that patient’s undergo multiple procedures simultaneously with a midface lift procedure. These procedures can include, but are not limited to face lifting, blepharoplasty, brow lifting, neck lifting or even micro fat grafting. Doing multiple procedures on the same day does not lengthen the recovery time, and it allows the patient to accomplish many goals with one surgery.

Adverse events are rare. Some risks include, but are not limited to infection, bleeding, scarring, sensation changes (temporary or permanent) and nerve damage. There are also anesthesia related complications that can occur as a result from having general anesthesia. All of these risks will be thoroughly discussed with you at the time of the consultation.

The scars of a midface lift are well hidden in the hair which can extend down to the tragus. The scars will transition from a red raised visible incision, to a faint pink, and then a white or light pink thin incision. We always advise that sun protection is vital in the early post-operative healing phase and prolonged sun exposure is generally not recommended while the incision sites continue to heal. It can take anywhere from 12-18 months for the scars to completely mature. We do offer scar products in our office which we can discuss with you once you have been cleared to begin applying them topically.

You should plan to take one to two weeks off of work, so swelling and bruising can resolve. Exercise should be avoided for about four weeks following surgery. Bruising and swelling generally will resolve within the first few weeks, however, Dr. Chahin will best determine how long you will need to remain out of work or physical activity based on your recovery. Each individual patient recovers at a different rate and therefore we treat each individual patient differently.