The cheek lift, or midface lift, is a procedure that elevates the cheek upwards, which counteracts the pull of gravity and creates a natural, younger, and more rested appearance. Lifting the cheeks helps rejuvenate hollow midface, pulls up the corners of the mouth, softens smile lines, and restores fullness to the cheeks. The cheek lift differs from the facelift with the results being limited to the central face. Unlike the facelift, the cheek lift leaves no visible scars. In general, a cheek lift is recommended for patients in their 30s to 50s, while a facelift is appropriate for patients with more advanced changes.
The procedure is done either under local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. Recovery is quick and one can return to work in one to two weeks. Many patients that would benefit from a midface lift are also good candidates for browlifts.