Midface Lift


Midface Lift

Midface Lift Singapore

Facial Anatomy and Ageing

Our faces are truly amazing works of art. The complex interplay of skin, fat, muscle, bone and ligaments helps us to express the tremendously wide range of human emotion and make each of us uniquely who we are. While every face is beautiful in its own way, individual preferences or age-related changes will lead to areas where plastic surgery can help with. Individual preferences include a desire to change the shape of the face, whilst age-related changes include facial deflation, hollowing and skin laxity, which can give rise to a tired appearance. With a thorough consultation, our plastic surgeon can help to alleviate your concerns and discuss what procedure is most suitable to achieve what you desire. This may involve both non-surgical or surgical options. Often times, it is the subtle improvements that can be made which helps to complete the masterpiece that is the face.

What is a midface lift?

A midface lift is a surgical procedure to lift the area of the face bordered by the lower eyelid, the nose and the upper lip. It aids in smoothening the nasolabial fold (the fold between the cheek and the upper lip) and in bringing fullness back to the cheek.


What technique do you use and how is it performed?

A midface lift is performed under general or local anaesthesia with or without sedation, depending on the patient’s preference and tolerance. The incision is made just under the lower eyelid, and the layers of the lower eyelid and midface are defined. This approach gives the best exposure to the lower eyelid and midface, and various manoeuvres can be performed to the fat, muscle, ligaments and skin. To achieve the lift, the muscle and ligamentous structures are sutured securely to the bone. If additional volume to the cheek is needed, fat grafting can be done or an implant can be placed.

You will be made absolutely comfortable and discomfort kept to a minimum throughout the procedure. Post-procedurally, there may be slight pain, bruising and swelling, which usually resolve in a couple of weeks. You will be monitored for a short period after the procedure to ensure there are no serious complications such as uncontrolled pain, or bleeding compressing the eye. These are exceedingly rare. Immediate downtime after the procedure is about 1-2 weeks, with full results expected at about 6 weeks. Sutures are removed 5-7 days after the procedure, and other aftercare requirements could consist of cold compress, rest, massage and some recovery medication.

What are the pros and cons of the midface lift and who is a suitable candidate?


The midface lift allows for surgery to the entire lower eyelid and cheek under direct vision, leading to precise corrections and more significant improvements. The trade-off is a slightly longer swelling, bruising and downtime compared with other procedures, and the requirement of the recovery period before full results are seen. However, very often the results are worth it.

Individuals with prominent ageing features of the cheek and nasolabial fold, and those with multiple deficiencies in different layers of the cheek, would benefit from a midface lift procedure. Whilst non-surgical interventions can help with more subtle features of ageing, they often cannot give the significant change that a midface lift can achieve.

Why choose Illumia Medical?

Our plastic surgeon has a special interest in facial and nasal anatomy and aesthetics, having taught at and attended numerous facial anatomy and rhinoplasty courses locally and overseas. He completed his aesthetic fellowship with prominent facial aesthetic and rhinoplasty surgeons in the UK, while observing extensively with aesthetic surgeons in Korea.


Our plastic surgeon believes in blending the best of the East and West to tailor make the exact procedure to meet your needs and desires.


How is a midface lift different from a lower blepharoplasty?

A midface lift is a powerful procedure that can lead to significant improvements in both the lower eyelid and the cheek. A lower blepharoplasty procedure is primarily concerned with improving the appearance of the lower eyelid. However, whilst the incision of a lower blepharoplasty is hidden, the incision for a midface lift is made on the skin of the lower eyelid, though it heals very well.


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