Cheek Lift in Atlanta, GA

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About A Cheek Lift

Normal aging, gravity, sun exposure, and stresses of daily life can be seen in our faces. In all cases, the first sign of facial aging is that our cheeks drop down and inward. This is known as midface laxity.

A midface lift (commonly called a cheek lift) is a surgical cosmetic procedure that can elevate the sagging fat and muscles of the cheeks to help return the natural, youthful fullness to the area below the eyes.

This cosmetic surgery procedure helps to fill the groove between the cheeks and eyelids, which can be the source of dark circles. A cheek lift or midface lift is often done with a lower eyelid lift – blepharoplasty – or laser skin resurfacing around the eyes. Correcting both of the areas at the same time will ensure a smooth appearance both under the eyes and continuing down through the cheek area. The goal is to have no distinct difference between the eyelid and cheek area — just like when you were younger. The length of the lower eyelid appears to lengthen vertically as we get older, because the cheek fat pad drops down and inward with maturity and wisdom.

Procedure

For the cheek lift that we perform, small incisions are made in the scalp above the ears (no hair shaved) and inside the mouth. Using an endoscope for visualization, your own, natural cheek pads can be lifted and secured back onto the cheekbone using a device called an Endotine. The Endotine is a ribbon about the size of a small Q-tip, that is sutured so your cheek pad is located back on your cheek bone. It is invisible beneath the skin and usually absorbed within 6 months to one year after surgery.

Recovery

Most patients are back to their normal routine within 1 to 2 weeks after a cheek lift. Swelling, bruising, and some numbness is part of the recovery process and will be alleviated over weeks to months, depending on each patient’s individualized rate of recovery. Sutures are absorbable and will usually fall out on their own after about one week.

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*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.