Mid-Face Lift vs. Traditional Facelift: Which Is Best for You?


When most prospectivepatients are considering a facelift surgery, they may not be aware of the different techniques available. The traditional facelift is a procedure that can achieve great results for patients. Yet so is the mid-face lift.

Deciding on the technique that is best for you involves an assessment of the problems you would like to address and the overall results you would like to achieve. Learn more about these two different approaches to a facelift to discover which one might be the best fit for you.

The Types of Facelifts

While the surgical approach may vary for each type of facelift, the overall objective never changes. Any facelift procedure, or rhytidectomy, is performed to lift the soft tissues of the face and tighten the underlying muscles. These measures can create a more youthful appearance. Some patients may even look up to 10 years younger following a facelift.

Many variations of the facelift technique have been developed since the procedure was first introduced nearly a century ago. Some of these techniques have their own household names you may have heard of, such as the S-lift, the limited incision facelift, the weekend facelift, the Lifestyle lift, the Quicklift, the mini-lift, and more.

The Traditional Facelift Procedure

During the traditional facelift procedure, incisions are placed starting at the hair of the temples and continue in front of the ears. They then curve behind the ears and stop in the hair behind the ears.
These incisions will be hidden and will not result in visible scarring later on. Next, the surgeon will isolate the skin and deep connective tissue of the face, elevating these layers to create a more natural and youthful appearance. Excess fat will be redistributed or removed at this time. The incisions will then be secured with sutures to complete the procedure.

Traditional facelift surgery takes about three hours to perform, after which you will stay in the recovery room for two hours to relax and recuperate from the anesthetic. A trained nurse will be available to provide care and assistance to you for the first 24 hours, to maximize your comfort and safety.

The Mid-face Lift Procedure
There are several techniques that can be used to perform the mid-face lift, which concentrates on improving the appearance of the cheeks and central area of the face. The most extensive technique begins with two incisions on each side, one inside the mouth and a second in the hair behind the temple.

The soft tissue of the cheek can then be moved and an absorbable fastening material is used to lift these tissues higher and secure them in the temple region, creating a more youthful look.

The less intensive version of the mid-face lift surgery is also a very effective method that involves lifting and securing the malar fat pad through an incision placed immediately below the lower eyelid. This second approach does not require incisions in the mouth.

The midlift procedure also requires general anesthesia, about two hours to perform, and another hour in the recovery room to relax and recover. Recovery from this surgery is less intensive, so it is not necessary for a trained nurse to accompany you at home for the first day. Instead, make arrangements ahead of time for friend or family member to assist you.

Choosing the One for You
These two versions of the facelift surgery can achieve very different results for patients. The traditional facelift is an ideal choice if you’re looking to tighten the area of the lower face, improve the contour of the chin and jawline, eliminate jowls and a double chin, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles in this portion of the face.

The mid-face lift is better suited for patients who are looking to lift the cheeks to a higher, more striking position, while tightening the skin in this midsection of the face and smoothing away some of the wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

During your consultation, your plastic surgeon can discuss the differences between the two procedures and their results, as well as the possibility of performing them in tandem to create a youthful new profile and your optimum results.

Start With a Facelift Consultation
Schedule your consultation with Dr. Paul Vitenas, a board-certified general and plastic surgeon, and find out if you’re a good candidate for either procedure.

Contact the office of Dr. Paul Vitenas at (281) 484-0088 to set up a consultation appointment. And don’t forget to check out the Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery’s website for an idea of his success and satisfaction of his clients.

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Houston Plastic Surgeon