The aging process causes the skin and underlying tissues to become lax, allowing the natural volume in the face to gradually lower from its original youthful position.
This structural deterioration can cause the cheeks to droop and deep nasolabial folds to develop for a significantly older appearance. While some patients may require a full facelift to address aging throughout the face and neck, others may benefit from a less involved mid-facelift. This procedure offers a surgical, long-lasting solution to signs of aging in the cheeks and around the nose and mouth. Dr. James Marotta is a dual-board certified plastic surgeon specializing in facial procedures. Dr. Marotta’s extensive knowledge of facial anatomy provides Long Island mid-facelift patients with stunning results that appear entirely natural.
A mid-facelift is a surgical treatment in which the skin in the midface is tightened, and underlying tissues are lifted.
The procedure is sometimes called a vertical facelift or cheek lift due to its ability to restore the cheeks to their original position. In addition, a mid-facelift is less involved and less expensive than a full facelift. It offers relatively minimal recovery and results that can last more than a decade.
A mid-facelift targets the cheeks and surrounding concerns. As the cheeks are lifted, the area beneath the eyes will once again become full. It also smooths nasolabial folds or the deep lines that extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. A mid-facelift does not address signs of aging in the neck, forehead, or brow. Therefore, patients with substantial signs of aging throughout the face and neck may be better candidates for a full facelift.
If you have moderate or advanced signs of aging in the midface, with less noticeable issues in other facial areas and the neck, you are likely a candidate for a mid-facelift. You should be in good overall health, with no underlying conditions that may complicate your surgery.
You should have realistic expectations for the results of your surgery, as well as a positive outlook on your procedure. Furthermore, you should take the appropriate amount of time off from work and other responsibilities to allow yourself ample opportunity to heal.
As a surgical procedure, your mid-facelift will require some preparation. If you smoke, you will need to quit at least four weeks before your surgery. Two weeks or more before your surgery, you will also need to avoid any medications or supplements that may thin your blood. You will also need to make sure that you do not consume alcohol for at least 48 hours before your procedure and do not eat or drink for six hours before surgery.
You will also need to arrange for someone close to you to drive you home and provide assistance for the first 24 hours after your surgery. You may also prepare your recovery space by stocking it with snacks, water bottles, items for entertainment, or anything else you may want close to you while you rest.
Your mid-facelift with Dr. Marotta will be performed under general anesthesia to ensure your complete comfort throughout the procedure. Once you are under anesthesia, he will create incisions along the hairline above the ears and forehead.
Dr. Marotta may use an endoscope for better visualization of your underlying tissues. Dr. Marotta will effectively separate your skin from the tissues underneath to lift your midface’s muscles and fat pads to their more youthful positions, ultimately restoring volume in the midface and minimizing visual weight in the lower face.
The muscles that will be lifted are the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) and the orbicularis oculi muscles. In addition, Dr. Marotta will lift the malar fat pads. Dr. Marotta will meticulously shift these facial components up toward the outer rim of the eye socket, securing them in place. Once Dr. Marotta has restored your facial fat and muscles to their naturally youthful locations and performed any other procedures you may wish to include in your surgical plan, he will close your incisions and apply the necessary dressings. As soon as you wake up after surgery, you will be sent home to begin your recovery. Dr. Marotta will provide you with personalized and detailed post-operative care instructions, as well as information regarding follow-up appointments.
Some patients choose to enhance their mid-facelift with other surgical procedures, such as a blepharoplasty (or eyelid surgery) or fat transfer.
Facial surgery specialist Dr. James Marotta is skilled at sculpting and rejuvenating the face via various advanced modalities to produce seamlessly natural, youthful contours. During your consultation with Dr. Marotta, you will have the opportunity to discuss all of your cosmetic concerns and any procedures you may include in your mid-facelift surgery for the most efficient and effective treatment.
Immediately after your mid-facelift, your face will experience facial bruising and swelling. You will need to wear your recovery garment for at least one week to help your face heal. After three weeks, you will be able to return to light and exercise, and by six weeks, you will be able to resume strenuous activity.
Your mid-facelift results will last 10-15 years.
While you will notice an immediately more lifted appearance after your surgery, your results will not be fully developed until two to four months. You can maximize the look and longevity of your mid-facelift with regular skincare and other surgical or non-surgical rejuvenation procedures.
Experience stunning results that you will love for years into the future.
Dr. James Marotta is dual-board certified and a leading facial plastic surgeon on Long Island. Mid-facelift patients can approach their procedure with the confidence that Dr. Marotta has the skills, expertise, and experience to provide them with the best possible results. If you would like to discuss your candidacy for this treatment and design your personalized mid-facelift procedure with Dr. Marotta, please contact Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists by calling (631) 982-2022 or fill out our online contact form.
Your external stitches will be removed approximately one week after your surgery.
Dr. Marotta will place your incisions so that they can be easily concealed by the time you are able to return to your regular social activities. You will be delighted with the natural appearance of your results.
There are no set restrictions regarding what age you can get a mid-facelift. However, most patients who seek this procedure are in their 30s and 40s, as this is typically when more significant signs of aging tend to occur. Younger patients generally do not present the advanced signs of aging to necessitate surgical rejuvenation.
However, older patients may show more comprehensive signs of aging that require a full facelift to achieve a cohesive appearance. Specifically, patients with significant signs of aging in the mid and lower portions of the face and neck are generally better candidates for a full facelift. This is because midface rejuvenation without addressing aging tissues in the lower face and neck can cause such patients’ overall appearance to look disjointed or inconsistent.
When you schedule your consultation with Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists, you can feel secure that the decision you are making is the right one for you. Dr. Marotta’s expertise and skill make him a top Long Island plastic surgeon who enjoys answering your questions. Schedule your consultation today to begin your journey to looking good and feeling good.
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