Are you starting to notice your lower eyelids beginning to droop and sag? Perhaps your cheeks are to blame. The effects of aging can often take the most significant toll on the facial structure. For some people, wrinkles on the forehead are the first changes to appear. But, for many men and women, transformation is observed in the lower half of the face. These include stretching of the lower eyelid and loss of volume in the cheeks. This kind of skin laxity or loosening may not warrant a full facelift. Instead, a cheek lift or mid-facelift could be considered to correct these signs of aging.
Together with your nose and chin, the cheeks are one of the landmarks of your face. If your cheeks start to droop or sink, it can highlight your fine lines and undereye wrinkles, making you look tired and older. A cheek lift can be done by a skilled facial plastic surgeon to restore fullness to your mid-face area by:
Softening deep nasal folds for an improved facial profile.
Smoothening the undereye area to make fine lines and wrinkles less prominent.
Eliminating dents on your upper cheek for more proportionate cheek contours.
Your cosmetic surgeon may use various advanced cheek surgery techniques to raise your cheek tissue back to where it used to be. This will give you a plumper look and rejuvenated appearance.
A cheek lift usually requires general anesthesia. This means that you will be completely sedated during the surgery. Once asleep, your cosmetic surgeon will create small incisions above your ears and behind the hairline. For longer-lasting results, your surgeon will lift the underlying fats in your cheeks. The muscles will also be tightened before redraping your skin. This is to contour your cheeks properly and soften the lines.
The procedure ends with your surgeon removing any excess skin, closing the incisions, then anchoring them into the desired position using dissolvable sutures. Since each patient has a unique facial anatomy, needs, and goals, no patient receives the same anesthetic options and cheek lift procedure.
A cheek lift usually takes a couple of hours. Have someone drive you home after the procedure. Your surgeon will give you specific postoperative instructions to make the healing process as comfortable as possible. Follow them to avoid the risk of infection or any complication.
It’s not uncommon to experience minor swelling and some bruising during the first couple of days following your cheek lift. At first, your cheeks may seem too high. But, they should fall into their more natural position as you heal. Recovery often takes seven to 10 days. You should be able to resume work and go back to your day-to-day activities after this period.
Are you interested in getting this minimally invasive procedure to gain back that healthy, youthful look? Visit Scott Harris, MD today, your board-certified plastic surgeon in Plano, Texas. Call us at (972) 736-9600 to schedule your initial consultation.