Does the midface lift involve less extensive incisions and scarring than a full facelift?
The midface lift is different than a full facelift in many ways.The incisions are frequently created either in the scalp, the lower eyelid or both for a midface lift. The challenge of the midface lift however is that there are frequently complications with positioning of the lower eyelid and/or lateral canthus (the outside corner of your eye). Additionally, the results of the midface lift are, in my experience, inferior relative to the volume lift SM we perform in the mid face. Most patients seem to have more of a volume deficiency in the midface which is corrected beautifully with volume restoration. The incisions for a facelift, as compared to those for a midface lift, are around the ear, for a length determined by the extent of lifting necessary. In general, the incisions are shorter for midface lifting than face lifting, but as can be seen on our before and after photos, these incisions hide beautifully when done carefully. It is important to note however that the goals of a facelift and a midface lift are much different and in order to determine what might be best for your particular needs, I would recommend that you consult with a board-certifiedfacial plastic surgeon.