Mid facelift Orange County Mid-Facelift Cheek Lift and Thread Lift
The earliest signs of aging show up in the mid-face area, an area from the corners of the mouth to the corners of the eye. The lid/cheek junction begins to drift downward, lengthening the height of the lower lid, and a drooping cheek will enhance the naso-labial fold. Frequently this occurs before the neck becomes lax. An aging face has more fullness along the jaw line and the face resembles the letter “A”, looking somewhat like an underinflated tire – a youthful face has the maximum fullness in the area of the midface, in over the cheekbones, and the face resembles the letter “V”. This condition can be improved with a midface lift as an isolated procedure, or it can be performed in conjunction with a full facelift. This information has been assembled to familiarize you with the facts regarding mid-face lift/cheek lift/thread lift surgery. You are requested to read the following information thoroughly and to discuss any questions, which might arise with your surgeon before you proceed with the surgical procedure known as the mid-face lift. You are also requested to keep this information as a reference during your post- operative period.
You may visit your surgeon as many times as you wish to have all of your questions answered. At your final preoperative visit, your final questions will be answered and you will confirm that you understand the procedure to be performed, that this material has been explained to you, that you have read Mid face lift procedure to remove sagging facial skin in Orange County and understand these information sheets, and that you accept the risks by signing the informed consent forms. You will be given prescriptions for pain pills and antibiotics along with instructions for their use. Certain laboratory tests will also be required within two weeks of surgery. If you are over the age of 50 or if you have any history of cardiac problems, you will have to obtain a cardiogram at your doctor’s office and any certified laboratory. You may have blood drawn by our office nurse during your final preoperative visit, or, if you prefer, at your family doctor's office or any laboratory (e.g. Kaiser Hospital, etc.). All patients will be asked to stop smoking at least a month prior to surgery in an effort to maximize your body's ability to heal the incisions following the operation.
A mid-face/cheek lift is an elective, cosmetic surgical operation in which the loose muscles of the mid-face are tightened and tightened in an upward oblique direction. Access to the surgical field is achieved through incisions behind the sideburn above the ear and also through stab wounds along the nasolabial folds. Through these access incisions, the surgeon can mobilize the drooping tissues and suspend them upward, back into a more youthful position, with a variety of suspension sutures. Thread lifts may also be utilized to tighten the appearance of a neck, but the neck tightening procedures are not as effective as the midface or cheek lifts. These are inserted through a variety of short stab wounds on the cheeks and posteriorly in the region of the ear and temple.
All external incision should be cleansed with peroxide on a Q-Tip and a light layer of Vaseline applied four times per day. Patients can expect bruising and swelling of the face, especially if combined with an eyelid procedure. The discoloration will be most noticeable on the second and third days, and diminishes anywhere from one to six weeks after surgery, depending on ancillary procedures performed at the same sitting. Most patients who only have a midface lift, with perhaps light makeup, can resume everyday tasks approximately three to four days after surgery. Bruising and distortion will be minimal with a thread lift of the neck, and many patients can return to work or their normal social routines within a few days.
Every activity in life, whether driving automobiles or having surgery, is associated with risk. The following inherent risks must be understood and assumed by the patient if we are to proceed with this surgery. Although complications and bad results are uncommon from this type of operation, they do sometimes occur. Your surgeon cannot guarantee a favorable result from any operation you are considering, but every effort will be made to provide you with the best result possible.
Some of the possible complications from this operation include: infection, asymmetry, ectropion (pulling down of the lower lid lash line), infection, erosion of the threads through the skin, bleeding, unequal discoloration and swelling of the face, abnormal contour, nerve damage causing temporary or permanent loss of feeling in the face and weakness of portions or all of the face, personality changes and mental difficulties following the operation which may occur even when the operation has been a success, potentially fatal blood clots in the leg veins as a result of decreased physical activity, and allergic or other adverse reactions to one or more of the medications used during or after the operation.
The surgical scars are permanent; however, the incisions are placed so that they are barely discernable on normal visual observation, barring complications. If this problem occurs, treatment by excision or steroid injections may be indicated, but it may be impossible to improve an unsightly scar.
Social activity should be limited for as long as you feel uncomfortable with the degree of swelling and bruising that you have. Light activities such as walking may be begun as soon after surgery as the patient desires. Strenuous exercises may be resumed when it is physically comfortable to do so, usually in a few weeks when all visible swelling and bruising have subsided.
Cosmetics and moisturizers may be applied over the skin of the face two days after the operation. The office aesthetician will not only be able to assist you with makeup application to help hide bruising, but also to give you guidance regarding skin care after you have healed.
Coiffure procedures may usually be carried out after the incisions have healed well enough not to have any crusts on them – this can be expected to take approximately two weeks.
By the second or third day, the patient will be encouraged to begin showering and shampooing normally, but care must be taken not to rub the incisions firmly.
Fees will be discussed freely in advance by the patient coordinator. Naturally, additional fees will be required if the patient desires ancillary procedures such as microfat grafting, a traditional lift, an endoscopic brow lift, eyelid surgery, chin or nasal surgery at the same time. In compliance with suggestions adopted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, it is customary for the patient to pay all fees for cosmetic surgery prior to the desired operation. This insures that the patient is sincere in her motivation and can afford the surgery, thus creating a better patient/physician relationship. A non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your desired surgery date. The remainder of the fees must be paid prior to the surgery, usually at the time of the preoperative visit, but no later than two weeks before surgery. Additional fees are also required for laboratory tests, surgical facility fees, and the anesthesiologist. If additional surgical procedures become necessary, additional facility, laboratory, anesthesia, implant costs and professional fees will be incurred. The surgical facility and anesthesiologist fees quoted will be based on our best faith estimate; the final fee may vary as these fees are based on surgical time, and it is not always possible to predict exactly how long a procedure will take to complete.