Dr. Cynthia M. Gregg provides midface lift procedures for patients in Cary, Raleigh, and the surrounding areas of North Carolina.
The area between your lower eyelids and your mouth is considered the midface. As you age, the effects of gravity, repeated muscle contraction, and lifestyle cause the skin, fat, and muscle in this region to move downwards. When this occurs, the cheeks begin to look saggy or flat, lower eyelids can become puffy or hollow, circles begin to appear under the eyes, and the lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth deepen.
A midface lift restores the natural curves and fullness in the cheeks by moving soft tissues back to where they were earlier. This restores cheek volume and establishes more youthful midface contours. The result will be a natural, revitalized appearance that doesn’t appear overdone or “pulled”.
When performed skillfully, a midface lift will deliver a natural but noticeable improvement. It is frequently performed with other surgeries, such as a lower face lift, eyelid surgery, or a browlift. However, for many younger patients, under 45 years old, a midface lift is often performed alone.
How are Midface Lift Surgeries Performed in Cary, North Carolina?
The midface lift begins with a small incision in the hair area above the ear and occasionally through the underside of the upper lip. The delicate midface tissue is lifted off the cheekbones and repositioned upwards (toward the eye) and to the side (toward the ear).
The endotine midface lift is a new approach to midface suspension. The ENDOTINE midface suture device uses five small tissue tines to securely and gently grasp and elevate the cheek tissue to a new position. Because there are no sutures, patients do not experience dimpling and the tissue is distributed evenly when it’s raised to improve the successfulness of the procedure. The endotine gradually absorbs until it is completely gone.
After this procedure, patients may experience slight swelling or bruising, but the overall recovery lasts only a few weeks. It is recommended that initially patients keep their head elevated, and use a cold compress to reduce swelling.