Which Procedure First? Mini Facelift or Cheek Implant Surgery?

Hello doctors, I have a puzzling question for you guys today. I have a surgeon in mind to do my mini facelift but I also want cheek implants done by a different surgeon. Which one should I get first? I don't want to get the facelift and then have it damaged by the cheek implant surgery but I didn't want to get the cheek implants and then when its time for the mini facelift, it won't be as successful because the implants are in the way. So confused,please help!

Doctor Answers 3

Cheek implants before mini facelift

It is best to perform cheek implants first since it is stretching the skin forward and you may not need a mini lift so soon.  A mini lift is going to remove any early excess skin and jowling in the face while the cheek implant just simply augments the front part of the cheek since they are quite flat.  Both operations could also be performed at the same time conservatively by a single surgeon.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Which Procedure First? Mini Facelift or Cheek Implant Surgery?

Ideally these procedures would be combined into a single surgery. That minimizes your cost, number of anesthetic events and downtime. If you definitely need to have two separate surgeons for the two procedures you could inquire whether they could both participate in your surgery. This would require them to have privileges at the same surgery center. Otherwise, as Dr. Mayer suggested, the cheek implants would ideally be placed during the first procedure to add or replace volume in your midface. I hope this information is helpful.

Stephen Weber MD, FACS

Stephen Weber, MD, FACS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 129 reviews

Cheek implants for under developed cheeks and mini lift.

Cheek implants for under developed cheeks and mini lift are usually done together. If you still want them done separately do the cheek implants first.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

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