For the purposes of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, the face is divided into three areas that can be lifted; neck and jaw, forehead and eyelids, and everything in between – referred to as the mid-face.
The mid-face is key because it is the area that communicates emotion through muscle movement. As we age the muscles of the face begin to go slack, frown lines form and lower eyelids can start to puff out and swell.
A cheek lift targets the deeper layers in the area between the two corners of the eyes and the corners of the mouth. The tissues in this area are pulled up and repositioned in order to tighten and smooth the skin and give the face a natural and more youthful appearance. A cheek lift can flatten the folds around the mouth and lift sagging cheeks to help minimize the appearance of marionette lines and jowls.
A cheek lift can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other procedures such as a neck lift or eye lid surgery and because a cheek lift causes less trauma to the flesh of the face and head, recovery time is usually shorter than with a full facelift.
For patients seeking to freshen the look of their face with more permanent results than injectable treatments can offer and a more subtle, less expensive and less invasive procedure than a full face lift, a cheek lift may be just what you are looking for.
Contact Leif Rogers, M.D., FACS Plastic Surgery for a consultation today.