Mid Face Lift (Philadelphia)Before & After Photos
WHAT IS A MID FACE LIFT?
A mid face lift is a minimally invasive procedure that lifts the cheeks and achieves natural-looking — but noticeable — results. Using our technique:
- fullness is created in the upper cheeks
- fullness is removed from the lower cheeks
- jowls decrease in magnitude
- the corner of the mouth is elevated
- volume is recruited to diminish the hollow under the eyes
- the lower eyelids and outer corner of the eye can be elevated.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A MID FACE LIFT?
Pull up on your cheek and look what it does to your eyes, jowls, and the folds that run from your nose to your mouth. Look at your face lying down with a mirror. If you like what you see, you may benefit from a midface lift.
This procedure has one of the highest satisfaction rates of all the procedures that we perform.
The Dr. Wulc Difference
The procedure has been described elsewhere as the Ponytail LiftTM , or the MIVEL lift, and is only performed by a few surgeons using a technique that we have developed and described and refined.
WHAT WILL MY RESULTS LOOK LIKE?
After approximately nine days of recovery, a midface lift procedure will result in a younger, fresher version of yourself. Your skin will look tighter, your cheekbones will be more prominent, and your eyes will look brighter.
HOW IS A MID FACE LIFT PERFORMED?
We’ve arrived at a technique that involves minimal incisions, minimal downtime, and maximal long-lasting results. We call our technique the WNatural MicromidfaceliftTM.
We perform this procedure in a certified operating room in an ambulatory surgical facility. You can be awake or asleep, and you go home the same day.
We use a high definition camera and an endoscopic system that allows a magnified view of all the details of surgery—nerves, vessels, muscles ligaments, and fat.
Five incisions are used, all hidden above the hairline so that nothing is visible even in the early healing stages. Sutures are used to lift the volumes of the face back into place, so at the conclusion of the case, the effects of gravity on the face have essentially been addressed and reversed. Drooping of the brows and the fat pads around the eyes can be also attended to through these incisions and the procedure can be combined with upper or lower eyelid blepharoplasty as necessary.
If volume has been lost, it is addressed with microfat and structural fat grafting, and if volume has been gained in certain locations it can be removed. This is all part and parcel of the midfacelift procedure.
Unlike a facelift, no skin is removed with a midfacelift: instead, the sagging volumes of the face are positioned into the place they were in youth and the incisions are closed.
Due to the technical challenges of the procedure, we have designed several instruments that make the surgery easier and quicker. These devices are protected by patents and are currently marketed. Other surgical tools are in further development.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING A CONSULTATION?
During this consultation, Dr. Wulc will be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for the procedure.
We will obtain a history and make sure that your general health will allow you to undergo surgery of this sort. Other topics covered may include the type of anesthesia that will be used during the procedure, and any precautionary measures or preparations to take before the day of the surgery.
In the consult, you will have the chance to ask any questions about the procedure itself, preparation steps, and recovery from a midface lift and see examples of patients like yourself who have undergone the surgery.
The main goal of the consultation with Dr. Wulc is always to educate you and to explore different options for facial rejuvenation.
WHAT WILL MY RECOVERY LOOK LIKE?
The mid face lift procedure has a recovery time of approximately 9 days. Pain is generally easily controlled with a long lasting local block that occurs at the time of surgery and with pain medication as necessary after to control any discomfort. Discomfort usually only lasts for 72 hours.
Both swelling and bruising are common and fade gradually in the weeks following the procedure. Lasers and pulsed light expedite healing and decrease bruising. These treatments are enormously helpful and part of our usual after-care post-op regimen.
In general, our patients appear slightly overcorrected for up to two weeks. As the bruising and swelling diminish, the cheeks arrive at a more youthful position.
MIDFACE LIFT RESULTS
HOW LONG WILL A MID FACE LIFT LAST?
A midface lift in our hands has a long duration of benefit. You continue to age, but your midface stays in place. In many patients, volume loss continues to occur, but the suspension keeps the cheeks in a good position. The volume loss is easily addressed with either hyaluronic acid fillers or liposculpture—the addition of fat to the cheeks.
WHY CHOOSE DR. WULC FOR YOUR PROCEDURE?
The main goal of the consultation with Dr. Wulc is always to educate you and to explore different options for facial rejuvenation. We take great pride in our experience and our results with this procedure. Schedule a consultation to see even more results and discuss this game changing surgery with our staff.
ARTICLES THAT WE HAVE PUBLISHED REGARDING THIS PROCEDURE:
Hartstein, M, Wulc AE, Holck, D. Aesthetic Rejuvenation of the Midface, Springer, 2012.
Mally P, Czyz CN, Wulc AE. The Role of Gravity in Periorbital and Midfacial Aging. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 2014 May 30;34(6):809-822.
Buchanan DR, Wulc AE. Contemporary thoughts on lower eyelid/midface aging. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. 2015 Jan;42(1):1-15.
Linkov G, Mally P, Czyz CN, Wulc AE. Quantification of the aesthetically desirable female midface position. Aesthetic Surg Journal. 2018: Feb 15:38: 231-240.
Hartstein ME, Wulc AE, Jolds JB, Einan Lifshitz A. Facial Contouring by targeted restoration of facial fat compartment volume: the midface. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2018: Jan: 141(1):183e.
Stein R, Holds JB, Wulc AE, Swift A, Hartstein ME. Phi, Fat, and the Mathematics of a beautiful midface. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2018. June 21.
Buchanan DR, Wulc AE. Preperiosteal Midfacelift Through a Transtemporal Approach, in Pearls and Pitfalls in Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery, Hartstein, M, Massry GG, Holds JB, Springer, London. 2015:361-5. Shtraks J, Fundakowski C, Yu D, Hartstein ME, Sarcu D, Lu X, Wulc AE. Investigation of the Longevity of the Endoscopic Midface Lift. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2019 Nov-Dec: 535-541.
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