Mid-Facelift Surgery

Midface Lift – Cheek Lift Surgery in Sydney by Dr Turner

A mid-facelift is a facial rejuvenation procedure performed to address some of the earliest signs of facial ageing in the middle third of the face – sagging in the cheeks and the area that surrounds them.

A facelift is usually done to correct sagging skin, wrinkles, deep facial creases, and other signs of ageing present at the level of the face. A full facelift addresses the entire face and the neck, whereas the mini facelift can help address the lower part of the face including the jaw and chin.

On the other hand, a mid-lift focuses on cosmetic concerns in the midface such as flat cheeks, Volume loss, hollow eyes, nasolabial folds, and vertical lip lines.

A middle face surgery can help rejuvenate the middle of the face by lifting the cheeks, contouring the cheekbones, and filling up hollow spaces under the eyes.

Sydney Specialist plastic surgeon Dr Scott Turner is one of the top facial plastic surgeons in Australia. He has significant surgical skills when it comes to cosmetic facial surgeries including mid-facelift procedures. Dr Turner combines his precision surgical touch with his extensive knowledge of facial anatomy to give you fuller cheeks with a high cheekbones appearance.

What Is a Mid-Facelift?

A mid-facelift, also known as a cheek lift or upper cheek lift, is a cosmetic facelift procedure that specifically targets the signs of ageing in the middle one-third of your face, including your cheeks.

As you grow older, the skin on your face can stretch and become thinner. You can lose volume in the mid face area. Then, surrounding areas of your face start to wrinkle, droop downward, and lose volume.

Some of the first signs of facial ageing appear in the middle of your face and your cheeks, such as:

  • Deflated cheeks
  • Faded cheekbone contour
  • Vertical lip lines and wrinkles
  • Deep nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth
  • Bottom eyelid drooping

Middle facelift surgery can rejuvenate the middle third of your face which extends between the upper corners of your mouth to the corner of your eye. It’s done to lift the cheeks into a more youthful position and smooth wrinkles around your mouth.

Cheek lift surgery can erase the effects of ageing from your midface to give you fuller and perkier cheeks, prominent-looking cheekbones, and brighter eyes.

What Are the Benefits of a Mid-Facelift?

Droopy sunken cheeks and deep facial wrinkles can make your face look old and exhausted. A surgery that lifts the middle of the face can give you a more youthful and healthier look. Patients having the cheek lift surgery mention the following benefits:

  • It lifts drooping skin around your cheeks and the middle of your face
  • It elevates your cheeks and makes them perky again
  • It recontours your faded cheekbones
  • It reduces the deep creases between your mouth and nose
  • It reduces nasolabial folds and vertical lip lines
  • It adds volume to the area under your eyes and makes them look less sunken
  • It is less invasive than a full facelift and requires less healing time
  • It can be done under local anaesthesia

A mid-facelift surgery can create subtle changes in your face. People will notice that your face looks younger, perkier, and well-rested without noticing you’ve had work done.

Do I need a Mid-Facelift or a Full Facelift Surgery?

The purpose of any facelift procedure is to rejuvenate the face and restore its youthful appearance. The difference between the types of facelift surgeries depends on the areas of the face that are targeted during the procedure.

Your face can be generally divided into three sections:

  • Upper face: the forehead (including the brows, eyes, and hairline)
  • Middle face: the area extending from the corner of your eyes to the corner of your mouth (includes the cheeks, above the upper lip, and lower eyelids)
  • Lower face: everything below the corner of your mouth (including the chin and the jawline)

While the mid-facelift is designed to address sagging skin and deep wrinkles in the middle of your face, a full facelift covers all three sections.

What areas of the face can be treated with facelifting?

The traditional facelift, or full facelift, targets signs of ageing in the entire face. It fixes excess and droopy skin in the area extending between your forehead to your neck.

Alternatively, a mid-lift specifically targets the middle section of your face. It addresses lax and droopy skin found between the edge of your mouth and the corner of your eyes; including the areas around your cheeks and upper lip.

What’s the difference between a typical facelift and a mid-face lift?

A typical facelift:

  • Gets rid of jowling and loose neck skin
  • Lifts the neck and gives the jawline a stronger definition
  • Gets rid of marionette lines that run from the corner of your mouth down to your chin
  • Tightens the cheeks
  • Lifts the outer brows
  • Smooths forehead wrinkles

A mid-facelift:

  • Lifts and tightens your cheeks
  • Highlights your cheekbones
  • Plumps up the area under your eyes
  • Flattens nasolabial folds
  • Gets rid of wrinkles and deep creases in the middle third of your face
  • Flattens vertical lip lines
  • Doesn’t address the forehead, neck, or jawline

What are the benefits?

A middle facelift is a less extensive type of facelift. A full facelift can rejuvenate your entire face, it can give you an emphasised jawline, a smooth forehead, elevated cheeks, and an improved natural contour between your neck and face.

Meanwhile, a mid-lift specifically rejuvenates the middle part of your face- it can give you a tight smooth midface, perky cheeks, and an improved cheekbone contour.

Dr Scott Turner is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon. He performs traditional facelift procedures for patients with extensive signs of aging, including a droopy jawline and forehead wrinkles.

On the other hand, Dr Turner recommends the mid-lift procedure for patients with changes localised in the middle section of their face because it can effectively restore fullness in their cheeks and take years off their face.

Candidates For a Mid-facelift

A middle facelift surgery works very well for people who want to target cosmetic concerns specifically in the middle of the face rather than the entire face. You may be a candidate for a middle facelift procedure in case:

  • You’re bothered by sagging or drooping in your upper cheek area
  • You have a weak cheekbone outline
  • You have droopy skin under your lower eyelids
  • You have vertical lip lines around your mouth
  • You have deep wrinkles around your nose and mouth

If you have one or more of the mentioned facial cosmetic concerns but are satisfied with how the rest of your face looks, then an upper cheek lift can be a perfect solution to your problems.

How Is a Mid-Facelift Performed?

Mid-facelifts are typically performed as outpatient procedures – you’ll usually be able to go home the same day. During your middle facelift surgery, Dr Turner will perform the following:

  • You’ll be given general anaesthesia so you don’t feel pain or discomfort during your facelift
  • Dr Turner will make a small incision above your ear and along your hairline on each side of your face
  • Then, he will carefully separate your facial skin from the underlying deep fascial layers
  • Following, the fat pads and muscles in your face will be pulled up tightly and secured into a younger position
  • After that, Dr Turner will delicately pull the overlying skin layer back over your face, tighten it, and remove any excess lax skin
  • Finally, Dr Turner will close your incision using refined suturing techniques that minimise damage to your skin and restore your normal facial anatomy

A mid-facelift is a relatively short procedure that can take between 1-2 hours. Although it’s less extensive than a full facelift, a mid-lift requires extreme precision and a soft surgical touch to produce durable and extremely natural-looking results.

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The information provided is for general purposes only, it is not intended to replace a professional consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Invasive procedures carry inherent risks and potential complications which will be discussed in detail. Results vary and should be used only as a guide as every client is unique, which is why a second opinion is advisable. Learn more about the risks of plastic surgery at https://drturner.com.au/patient-resources/risks-complications-of-surgery/

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Recovery After Mid-Facelift

Each patient will go through a slightly different recovery period following their middle facelift surgery depending on their age, health, and the amount of correction that was done on their face.

Usually, you’ll need about two weeks to recover from your mid-facelift surgery.

The following recommendations can help you recover properly and heal faster after your facelift:

  • Take some time off work following your facelift to allow your face to rest and heal
  • You should avoid strenuous physical activity for about 4-6 weeks following your mid-lift
  • Avoid suddenly or quickly turning your neck around during your recovery
  • Commit to the follow-up sessions that your surgeon schedules for you after your mid-facelift surgery

Dr Turner will provide you with instructions and recommendations on how to take care of your surgical wounds and your face after your facelift. Make sure you follow your surgeon’s recommendations to the letter to ensure a smooth and painless recovery period.

Risks of Mid-Facelift

A mid-facelift surgery is considered a safe procedure when it’s performed by a highly trained facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr Turner. Nonetheless, the same as any facelift, it may have some risks, including:

  • Seroma: fluid build-up under the skin
  • Haematoma: blood build-up under the skin
  • Infection: wound infections may occur after the surgery if the incision wounds were not properly cleaned
  • Facial nerve damage: the nerves in the face might become compromised during the procedure. However, this is a very rare complication that happens in less than 1% of facelift patients

It’s important to choose a highly competent facial plastic surgeon with plenty of experience in mid-facelifts. Dr Turner uses his extensive training in middle face rejuvenation surgery to turn back the clock on your face using the safest surgical techniques.

What Is the Difference Between a Mid-Facelift And a Mini Facelift?

Dr Turner customises the facelift procedure based on each patient’s cosmetic concerns. Both the mid and mini facelifts are less extensive and less invasive types of facelift surgery and are localised to a specific part of the face.

A mid-facelift is designed to treat the area of the face where the signs of ageing become visible first: the middle portion of the face. The mid-lift procedure targets the cheeks and tissue surrounding them, including beneath the eyes and around the mouth.

A mini-lift treats sagging skin localised in the lower portion of the face. A mini facelift can treat minimal excess loose skin around the chin, neck, and jaw.

Mid-Facelift Sydney Cost & Prices – How Much Is a Mid-Facelift in Sydney?

The cost of a middle facelift will depend on several variables including where the procedure will be performed, the type of anaesthesia used, and how much work needs to be done on your face.

However, a mid-lift usually costs less than a full facelift since it’s a less extensive procedure.

After you consult with Dr Turner, his team will be able to provide you with an estimate of how much you’ll need to pay for your mid-facelift.

For an estimate of your own Cheek Lift price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone 1300 437758 –  contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Price Guide on the Pricing page.

FAQs about Mid-Facelift Surgery:

How long does a midface lift last?

  • After the swelling and bruising in your face completely subside, you’ll be able to see the final results of your middle facelift. The results from a midface lift not only can make you look 10 years younger, but they can also last you up to 10 years. Keep in mind that your face never stops ageing. After your face is lifted into a younger position, the natural ageing process will continue to take place. Make sure you continue taking care of your skin and face, exercise, and eat healthy following your middle facelift surgery.

Does midface lift correct jowls?

  • A mid-lift targets the middle third of your face extending between the corners of your eye to the upper corner of your mouth. However, a midface lift does not address your neck or jowls. These cosmetic concerns can be treated with a full facelift, a lower facelift or a less extensive mini-facelift.

Does a mid-face lift make you look younger?

  • Middle facelift surgery lifts saggy cheeks, flattens wrinkles, and brightens the eyes. These cosmetic enhancements are all features of a young and healthy face. A mid-facelift not only makes you look younger but also makes you look more energetic and happier.

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Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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How to Book Your Consultation

  • You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


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