A Mid Face Lift

A mid face lift procedure is carried out on a more specific area of the face. The mid face lift procedure can is used to raise the lips, refine nasal counters and raise saggy cheeks. It can be performed as a stand alone operation or in tandom with other surgical procedures such as a full face lift, neck lift, laser resurfacing and a brow lift.

Preparation

Before undergoing a mid face lift consideration and preparation are vital elements. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets, and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise, as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity including aspirin. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking, to provide a quicker recovery.

After the Operation

Following the surgery, an elastic support bandage is applied to the face in order to reduce the risk of haematoma in the cheeks. The patient will then spend a period in recovery of around one hour to ensure there is no bleeding and will remain in hospital overnight.

Once home, the patient is advised to rest in a reclined position whilst avoiding movement in the neck. Those who have under gone the procedure are restricted to a liquid diet and advised to use ice to reduce swelling.

Patients are prescribed antibiotics until the first stitches are removed at around five days. Those who under go the procedure should expect the remaining stitches to be removed within ten days, whilst expecting in excess of two weeks to fully recover.

Recovering from facelift surgery

  • Patients should avoid smoking as well as any exposure to passive smoking prior to and after the procedure.
  • Consumption should be reserved to liquids until twenty four hours after the operation.
  • Post surgery the patient should remain in a reclined position for twenty four hours to avoid any unnecessary strain.

For the large majority of adults who under go mid face lift surgery the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this, the capacity for risks and complications remain, as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risks and complications

  • Swelling and pain may affect one side of the face as a result of a haematoma. This will usually occur within forty eight hours of surgery and may require the reopening of the wound.
  • Face lift surgery may also cause nerve damage, affecting the patient's ability to demonstrate facial expression. This is unlikely to cause lasting damage beyond six months.
  • Infection is another risk associated with this surgical procedure. .
  • Patients who have experienced facelift surgery may run the risk of permanent scarring.
  • As a result of the incision some hair loss may occur. If this was to occur, it is likely that any loss will be restricted to the incision line.

By nature, all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during a mid face lift procedure, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the Mclean Academy so that our qualified staff can discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.

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