This is a procedure that rejuvenates the central area of the face between the lower eyelid and the upper lip. It specifically addresses the descended malar fat pad that is partially responsible for the formation of the naso-labial folds. This procedure is usually performed via a lower blepharoplasty (eyelid) incision by elevating sagging tissues.
Length of procedure:
2 – 3 hours.
Usually performed under deep intravenous sedation with local anaesthetic but patients may elect for general anesthesia.
Possible Side Effects:
- Temporary swelling and bruising – may last up to 3 weeks
- Temporary discomfort, feeling of "tightness" in the eyelid area
- Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for the first few weeks may occur.
- Temporary dryness, burning, or itching of eyes may also occur but these side effects
- are rare.
- Persistent swelling
- Persistent dry eyes
- Areas of permanent numbness are possible.
- A lowered position of the lower eyelid that may take months to correct (this may rarely
- require further surgery.)
- Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring.
- The patient may begin reading after about two to three days and can expect to return to
- work at approximately 1-2 weeks. Use of contact lens may be resumed after two weeks.
- More strenuous activities may be resumed after 4 weeks. Bruising generally resolves over
- 2-3 weeks.
The natural ageing process will continue and therefore a mid-facelift cannot be expected to last indefinitely. Maintenance of optimum appearance can be expected for between five to ten years.