The midface or cheek lift is an endoscopic procedure that can lift sagging cheeks, smooth out furrows around the nose and tighten the corners of your lips. Dr. Sandel might recommend that it be performed in conjunction with a forehead or brow lift or resurfacing procedure (links on this Web site). The extent of the procedures Dr. Sandel will recommend will be determined at his preliminary consultation with you where you can discuss your goals and expectations.
Specific surgical techniques
Because this is an endoscopic procedure, it is minimally invasive and requires only small incisions inside the mouth or in the hairline at your temples. A tiny fiber optic lens is inserted through the incisions. Dr. Sandel repositions the fat tissue in your sagging cheeks over the cheekbones. This more natural positioning will help correct the nasal furrow and downturned mouth.
After the surgery
Because the incisions are tiny and hidden, you will see very little visible scarring. You should experience very little discomfort, though some swelling is inevitable. Recovery time will be minimal. Dr. Sandel will consult with you after surgery to recommend the procedures you should follow to make your recovery time as pleasant a possible.