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Cheek & Mid Face Lift in Phoenix

Written by Dr. Ali Ghafouri

Also Serving Patients in Scottsdale

Mid Face Lift ScottsdaleAs early as our 30s and 40s, we can begin to notice signs of aging in our mid-face and cheek area. As essential proteins in the skin, like collagen and elastin, are lost, skin loses its elasticity and begins to droop downward; the result is a sagging mid-face, elongated lower eyelids, jowls, unattractive lines around the nose and mouth area (nasolabial folds) and hollowing of the cheekbones. Traditional facelift surgery, though effective for the lower face, does little to address these signs of mid-face aging. At Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists, we offer a mid-face lift (also called a “cheek lift”) procedure that restores a youthful look to the entire face by repositioning and augmenting the underlying tissues in the cheek and mid-face area.

Dr. Ghafouri is an oculoplastic surgeon who specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. His mid-face lift procedure takes into account each patient’s unique facial anatomy and surgery goals to achieve a look that accentuates their individual beauty. If you are interested in learning more about the mid-face lift procedure offered in Scottsdale & Phoenix, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Ghafouri when you call Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists today!

Would You Benefit from Mid-Face Lift Surgery?

Are you curious whether a mid-face lift procedure will help you achieve the results you’re after? You may be a good candidate for having mid-face lift surgery if you experience the following:

  • Drooping cheeks and/or jowls
  • Cheeks that have a “flattened” look due to volume loss
  • Hollowed-looking cheek/eye area due to cheek fat pads sagging
  • Deep nasolabial lines (lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Circles and grooves under the eyes

Mid-Face Lift Procedure Details

The mid-face lift technique may involve incisions made in the lower eyelids close to the lash line to access the fat and muscle in the cheek and lower eyelid area. The underlying muscle tissue and remaining skin is lifted to a higher position. Sometimes the mid-face is lifted through incision made in the temple behind the hairline. The mid-face lift surgery can be combined with lower eyelid blepharoplasty or endoscopic forehead lift.

Recovering from Surgery

For the first few days after your surgery, you will have some swelling and bruising. You can also expect a mild amount of discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by Dr. Ghafouri; he will also provide you with post-operative instructions to ensure that your recovery is as comfortable and complete as possible. Most mid-face lift patients can return to work about 10 days after surgery. However, strenuous exercises and heavy lifting should be avoided for two weeks.


How long does the mid-face lift procedure take?

The mid-face lift procedure itself takes one to two hours, though you will need to arrive at the surgery center approximately one hour before surgery and will be discharged about 30-45 minutes after the surgery.

Is the surgery painful?

Since the procedure is administered under general anesthesia or IV (intravenous) sedation, the patient will feel no pain during surgery.

What type of anesthesia is used for a mid-face lift?

Dr. Ghafouri performs mid face lifts in Scottsdale under general anesthesia or IV sedation, which is administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist.

Will the surgery leave a noticeable scar?

Since the surgical incisions are small and strategically placed beneath the lash line, inside the lower eyelid, or in the temple are any scarring will be minimal and unnoticeable.

How long will my results last?

Your results will last for the rest of your life, and though your face will continue to age, it will always look younger as a mid-face lift “resets” your face to a younger, more lifted starting point.

What are the possible risks and complications of the surgery?

As with any type of plastic surgery, general risks include infection, poor healing, scarring, infection and bleeding. Please read our informed consent form for a more detail discussion on the risks involved. In the hands of an experienced and specialized surgeon like Dr. Ghafouri, cosmetic surgery is very safe with minimal risk of complications.

Why should I have Dr. Ghafouri perform my mid-face lift?

Dr. Ghafouri is an oculoplastic surgeon specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. As such, he knows how to work with the facial anatomy, including its underlying tissue and muscles, to accomplish a youthful look that is also natural-looking.


Arizona Oculoplastic Specialists

9431 E. Ironwood Square Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Phone: (480) 905-1010

Fax: (480) 905-6988

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am - 5 pm

Tuesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Wednesday: 8 am - 5 pm

Thursday: 8 am - 5 pm

Friday: 8 am - 4 pm

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed