What is a mid-facelift?

A relatively new procedure, the mid-facelift is a cosmetic surgery that can minimize many early signs of aging in the middle of the face. This surgery is particularly effective at lessening the presence of a nasolabial crease and bags under the eye. It is less extensive than a traditional facelift, and often results in less scarring as a result.

A mid-facelift begins with strategically placed incisions along the hairline, beneath the eyes, and within the mouth. These are used to remove excess fat, reposition tissue, and secure muscles into more youthful placements. The incisions are then stitched closed.

As with a traditional facelift, initial swelling and bruising are common. These symptoms will fade over the first few weeks. Due to the less extensive nature of a mid-facelift, normal levels of activity may be resumed gradually after about one week. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions regarding the care and upkeep of your mid-facelift. Final results will be apparent after several months.

What can a mid-facelift help correct?

As a less extensive procedure, the mid-facelift is a specific surgery designed to correct a few issues common in middle age. A deepened nasolabial crease between the nostrils and corner of the lips can be dramatically lessened by this surgery. It is also effective in rejuvenating the appearance of the eyes by removing bags and tightening the surrounding skin. A mid-facelift is also good at filling in the cheeks and lifting the cheekbone, especially in women.

A mid-facelift will not end in results as dramatic as a normal facelift. It is recommended for people in their late thirties to mid-forties because, while it can bring youth back to specific regions of the face, it will not correct all signs of aging. If you are concerned about extensive wrinkles throughout your face, or deep lines on the forehead, then discuss other options with your surgeon. This is also not an effective way to improve the appearance of the neck or jowls.


Who is a candidate for a mid-facelift?


The best candidates for a mid-facelift are men and women in their late thirties to mid-forties. During this time a mid-facelift will bring fresh life to your face and provide the best possible results. As with any cosmetic surgery being a healthy nonsmoker is ideal. Discussing your expectations with your surgeon and having a realistic idea of the likely result is also important.


Anyone with a prominent nasolabial crease, large bags under their eyes, and thinning cheeks is a good candidate for this procedure. If you are concerned with the appearance of the structures in the middle of your face, then consider discussing a mid-facelift as an option with a cosmetic surgeon. As a minimally invasive procedure it has a swift recovery time while still delivering stunning results.