Nasal labial folds and flat cheek treatment. How does midface lift differ from fillers? (Photo)
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Nasolabial folds, fillers and fat grafting
Nasal labial folds and flat cheek treatment. How does midface lift differ from fillers?
You may consider adding filler to the front of your cheeks (apple area) and to the nasolabial fold areas.
Fillers vs. midface lift
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I would recommend starting with a dermal filler, such as the ones your described, if you haven't already done so. Juvederm or restylane work well in the nasolabial folds, and voluma for the cheek (malar) enhancement. I use a blunt needle tips for injection of the dermal fillers making the procedure relatively pain free. This filler has the ability to enhance the cheek volume. These products provide immediate results with little or no recovery period needed. The results are very natural. These types of fillers generally last for 1-2 years.
As for the cheek lift, this is done by making an incision along the lower eyelid margin and extending lateraly past the lateral canthus for about 1cm. The cheek fat beneath the orbit is elevated and suspended to a more youthful position. This will likely provide some improvement to the nasolabial folds as well. I would have to evaluate you in person to better understand your anatomy and provide appropriate expectations. Recovery is usually 2 weeks for this type of procedure, and some experience persistent swelling for up to a month.
I hope this helps.
Flat cheeks, Midface lift, Naso labial folds
Voluma, Perlane and Radiesse are good volumizers for the cheeks and malar areas with less than ideal longevity and minor improvements to the naso-labial folds (smile lines).
Artefil is a longer lasting alternative which is more costly.
Please consult with an experienced Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in person prior to making treatment decisions.