Mid-Facelift - Cheek Lift

About Mid-Facelifts

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. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Juris Bunkis will work closely with you to create a treatment plan that will address your cosmetic goals. Call Orange County Plastic Surgery in Newport Beach, CA to learn more.

Surgical Technique

During a cheek lift procedure, incisions are made behind the sideburn and a stab wound in the nasolabial fold. Using sutures that are placed directly in the fat pad, the cheek is pulled back up to its original position, giving the face a more youthful appearance. This procedure tightens and smoothes the appearance of nasolabial folds, as well as the vertical lines that run downward from the mouth and on the sides of the chin.

What to Expect

All cheek lift procedures are performed under deep sedation and local anesthesia or a light general at the accredited Orange County Surgery Center. The length of the surgery, if performed alone, will usually takes less than an hour. After surgery, patients will not be very bruised or swollen but the face will feel tight. The recovery following a cheek lift takes about 5-7 days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. It will take 4 to 6 months or longer for the final results to appear.


If you're suffering from sagging or thinning cheeks that have been affected by age or are the source of insecurity, then consider a cheek lift, or a mid facelift, today. Schedule a consult at one of our California locations today to allow us to help you address this concern and get you on the right track to your desired outcome.

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