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.