The mid-face area refers to the part of the face below the eyelids and around the cheekbones down to the upper lip. Midface lift is performed either as an independent procedure, or in combination with blepharoplasty or fat transfer. Descent of the midface is a common ageing change making the cheeks look flat and and sagging. In addition, this disrupts the contour between the lower eyelid and the rest of the face accentuating eyelid changes, creating more pronounced hollowing and lower eyelid bags.
Midface lift is a technique which addresses these changes. The mid-face area is mobilised and elevated in multiple planes to achieve an enduring and effective lift. This procedure is very effective at restoring youthful volume to the cheeks and creating harmony between the lower eyelid and the rest of the face. Mid-face lifting can be an essential tool to augment a lower eyelid blepharoplasty. In addition, more extensive midface lift surgery is an important tool to correct severe lower eyelid retraction, such as following trauma, facial nerve palsy, or after excessive blepharoplasty surgery.
Midface lifting is sometimes performed in conjunction with a plastic or maxillofacial surgeon.