Midface Lift (CHEEK LIFT) in Cincinnati

Enhance your cheekbones and redefine your facial structure with Dr. Alexander S. Donath’s Cheek Lift in Cincinnati, OH. Achieve a sculpted and lifted look that beautifully complements your natural beauty.

Cheek Lift Benefits: Lifted and Radiant Cheeks

Cheek lift procedures address sagging cheeks and midface, restoring volume and rejuvenating your facial appearance. Here are more benefits:

Midface Lift vs. Full Facelift

A full facelift in our practice addresses the midface and lower face, including the jowls and neck. This is a more involved procedure that targets the looseness (loss of elasticity) in the face. Deep lines and loose skin can be eliminated with full facelifts, but recovery time is typically longer than a midface lift performed by itself.

By contrast, cheek lifts (midface lifts) are primarily focused on the middle third of the face. This procedure uses shorter incisions and is considered safe for both men and women. By concentrating on the middle of the face, cheek lifts improve a sunken or sagging appearance.

Midface lifts are common procedures that help create a youthful appearance. Adults of any age may qualify for cosmetic procedures, but typically, those in early middle age opt for mid-face treatment. This can be done as a stand-alone treatment or in combination with another procedure. We typically only use IV Sedation during the surgery at our office.

Midface Lift Benefits: Men vs. Women

Midface lifts are popular for both men and women, but their benefits may differ. For both genders, a cheek lift can reduce signs of aging to create a more youthful appearance. Issues regarding self-esteem and confidence are concerns that are frequently addressed by both during an initial consultation.

Cheek lift in Men

Loose skin can change the way the male facial structure appears. As the aging process progresses, the skin under the cheeks loses elasticity and can create a sagging appearance. This frequently affects how the jawline is defined and the area around the eyes. Since midface lifts require fewer incisions, some men prefer this type of procedure.

The procedure itself does not cause unnecessary scarring and is frequently masked by natural hair growth. Since small incisions can be made in the temporal hair and hairline, men can mask any potential incision lines with hair. Midface lifts heal quickly and can be placed behind the hairline for invisibility.

Cheek lift in Women

Women seek cheek lifts for similar reasons. While many women are concerned about loose skin, wrinkles are another common reason for the procedure. Unlike anti-aging creams, midface lifts can eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. Wrinkles that are common around the eyes, mouth, and nose are smoothed from small incisions that heal in a short amount of time. For a softer smile, many women opt for this minimally invasive form of surgery.

The results of a midface lift can dramatically reduce signs of aging. Facial structure is more defined, and cheekbones are often highlighted for a youthful and slimming effect. Cheek lifts affect more than just the cheeks and can help decrease jowls.

Prime Candidates for Cheek Lifts

Aging is a process that can occur on its timeline. While many people experience wrinkles and loose skin during middle age, others may experience a loss of facial volume earlier than expected. Regardless if an adult is in their sixties or thirties, aging takes many forms.

Cheek lifts are beneficial for individuals with loose skin along the jaw as well as hollowed eyes. Candidates are typically healthy individuals who do not have conditions that may interfere with the healing process. Patients who have prominent skin folds and fine lines will see the results of this procedure.

Several factors play a key role in aging. Exposure to sun, diet, and smoking can all cause premature aging. Genetics is another common factor to consider. Certain autoimmune diseases or even stress may play a significant role in how fast wrinkles develop. To qualify for a midface lift, an initial consultation is necessary to review medical history.

What to expect From a midface lift

A cheek lift requires minimal incisions placed in and around the temporal hair/scalp. Because of this technique, recovery time is typically shorter than a traditional facelift.

The procedure is usually performed using IV Sedation. An incision is made near the temples and extended to the cheek. By loosening the skin tissue, redraping/tightening can be achieved through the desired cheek height. At the end of the procedure, fillers can be injected depending on the patient’s preference.

The procedure can be done in one day, and recovery time is approximately one week. Temporary swelling or bruising may be apparent after the procedure. Incisions are not noticeable after healing, and physical activity can be resumed after a few weeks.

An initial consultation is required before the procedure. During this time, patients can ask questions about the procedure and healing time. Candidates typically discuss their medical history and environmental circumstances that can impact recovery.

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Recovery Process After Cheek Lift Surgery

The recovery period following a cheek lift procedure is critical for ensuring optimal results. Initially, patients can expect some mild swelling and discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Donath. It’s important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully to ensure a smooth recovery process.

During the recovery process, patients are advised to take it easy and avoid strenuous activities. The timeline for returning to regular activities can vary, but most patients can resume their normal routine within a few weeks. It’s essential to have realistic expectations about the recovery period and to give your body the time it needs to heal properly. Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Donath’s team will help monitor your progress and address any concerns.

Risks Associated with Cheek Lift Surgery

Like all surgical procedures, cheek lift surgery comes with its own set of risks. It’s important for candidates for cheek lift to be aware of these before proceeding. Risks can include infection, reactions to anesthesia, and complications related to the soft tissue of the face. While these risks are relatively rare, they are an important consideration.

Another risk to consider is the possibility of unsatisfactory results, such as asymmetry or an unnatural appearance. This is why choosing an experienced plastic surgeon for your facial rejuvenation surgery is crucial. A skilled surgeon can minimize these risks and ensure a more satisfying outcome. During your consultation, be sure to discuss all potential risks and how they are mitigated.

“I look younger and well rested, which was the goal”
– Real Patient
I feel so much more confident. I look younger and well rested, which was the goal. But the results surpassed my expectations. Dr. Donath is a wonderful surgeon, and his staff are all very kind and happy to answer questions. I will be wanting to address lower face and neck in the future. I don’t have to search for a surgeon who does beautiful work because I have found the best in Dr. Donath!

Why choose Dr. Donath — Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

  • Internationally renowned facial plastic surgeon–has lectured around the world and is published in leading medical journals.
  • Patients travel from across the US and internationally for Dr. Donath’s expertise.
  • Graduated summa cum laude (highest honors) from Ohio University where he was a scholarship recipient and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.
  • He then completed medical school at the University of Cincinnati, widely recognized as one of the top medical centers in the country, where he was President of the school’s American Medical Student Association.
  • Completing a rigorous five-year residency training program in all aspects of Head and Neck Surgery at St. Louis University.
  • He additionally spent time studying at Harvard Medical School.
  • He has been nominated as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati Magazine and by Castle Connolly for many consecutive years — more than a decade.
  • Is a national trainer of other physicians for both Galderma (Dysport®, Restylane®) and Allergan (Botox®, Juvederm®), and is a frequent guest on multiple media outlets to present the public with the most recent facial aesthetic techniques.

Understanding the Cost of Cheek Lift Surgery

The financial aspect of a cheek lift procedure is an essential consideration for many. While the cost can vary based on factors like geographical location and the plastic surgeon’s expertise, it’s important to remember that this is an investment in your youthful beauty. Typically, cheek lift surgery is a cosmetic surgery, and as such, it may not be covered by insurance. Patients should also consider the potential need for additional surgical procedures in the future, as maintaining the appearance of the cheek can require ongoing care.

In addition to the surgery itself, there are other costs to consider. These include any pre-surgical medical conditions assessments, anesthesia fees, and facility costs. It’s advisable to discuss all these aspects during your cheek lift consultation to get a comprehensive understanding of the financial commitment involved. Remember, choosing a qualified plastic surgeon is crucial for ensuring the best results and minimizing the need for future corrections.

A Youthful Appearance After Aging

Both men and women begin the aging process at birth. When signs of aging occur in middle age, this frequently causes some level of distress. While midface lifts cannot eliminate the aging process, it can provide comfort to those who are concerned about fine lines and loose skin.

Aging can reshape the face in a matter of years. By using a midface lift to tighten skin and reduce drooping of the cheeks, you can restore a youthful appearance to the middle portion of the face. Full results can be seen after just a few months.

Midface lift FAQs

The cost of a midface lift depends on multiple factors. If an individual is the right candidate for the procedure, their face will be assessed in an initial appointment. At that time any associated procedures which may be beneficial will be discussed and a personalized quote will be provided.

A midface lift can last approximately 10-15 years. At this point, signs of aging will become increasingly noticeable. A new midface lift may not be necessary, however. Many individuals opt for minimal treatment to address specific issues after their midface lift is no longer as effective.

To prolong the effects of a midface lift, external factors can be taken into account. Wearing sunscreen, abstaining from smoking, and eating a healthy diet will extend a youthful appearance.

A midface lift uses fewer incisions than a traditional facelift. This is done to minimize risk when operating, but it also provides minimal scarring. During a midface lift, the procedure helps improve jowls by shifting the volume and structure of the face. By using an endoscope, the procedure involves making tiny incisions along the inside of the mouth and behind the hairline.

All incisions will create some amount of scarring, but whether it is noticeable depends on the procedure and the patient. Genetics can play a role in scarring. Most individuals will know whether they are prone to scarring before their initial consultation. Scarring that is caused by genetics can be apparent from adolescence. Acne scarring that has persisted for more than a year may indicate some level of scarring susceptibility.

Because these incisions are small, they can be hidden behind the hairline or inside the mouth. Trained surgeons discreetly position these incisions. Incisions are designed to reduce the appearance of aging while staying largely invisible to the naked eye. A dentist is likely to be the only person who notices scarring on the inside of the upper lip. Once a full recovery is made, these incisions are not noticeable.

Healthy adults who show signs of unwanted aging can receive a midface lift at almost any age. For older adults, physical health may be monitored. Heart rate and blood clotting issues are some of the medical concerns that will be evaluated for the safety of the patient. To determine if an individual is a good candidate for the procedure, a medical history, and physical examination can help spot potential difficulties.

Typically, midface lifts are performed when the patient is already in midlife, but they can be done earlier. Patients are usually above the age of 35 and show a noticeable loss of volume or elasticity in the skin. A midface lift is a minimally invasive procedure that many candidates find attractive for its safety and accuracy.

Patients may experience some minor discomfort after the fat transfer procedure, though this tends to resolve quickly. Some minor irritation, redness, bruising, and swelling may also occur, but these side effects usually fade within a few hours. In general, the recovery is relatively minor.

While the incisions made for the percutaneous midface lift will result in scars, they are hidden within the hairline at the temples.

There is usually minimal discomfort or pain associated with the percutaneous midface lift.

The procedure has little downtime or recovery. Swelling and bruising may occur to some degree, but these side effects are quick to dissipate. Pain and discomfort are typically minimal.

Whether you live in midwestern states of Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana, or anywhere else in the U.S. or the world, Donath Facial Plastic Surgery offers cheek lift among its services. For a full list of services, please visit our procedures page.