A cheek lift is a surgical procedure that can address wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity that occurs in the mid-region of the face. Patients often seek cheek lifts as a complementary procedure to a facelift. Cheek lift surgery can restore confidence in one’s appearance by reducing signs of aging in the central part of the face – something that can really be noticed when smiling – and the recovery time is relatively short. This makes it possible for many patients to show off their fresh new look not too long after surgery. Dr. Dana Coberly can meet with you to discuss your goals and determine whether cheek lift surgery is right for your needs.
- Cheek Lift Benefits
- Cheek Lift Candidates
- Cheek Lift Procedure
- Cheek Lift Recovery
- Cheek Lift Results
- Cheek Lift Scars
- Non-Surgical Cheek Lift
- Cheek Lift vs. Facelift
- Cheek Lift Cost
What Are the Benefits of a Cheek Lift?
A cheek lift can reverse some of the effects of the natural aging process by raising and firming sagging skin in the midfacial region for a more youthful appearance. This treatment can smooth signs of wrinkles in the nasolabial areas, give the cheeks a fuller look, and enhance cheek symmetry.
You can see the signs of aging most readily under the eyes, where the skin on the lower eyelid meets the cheek. That area should blend naturally, but the aging process can cause a line between the two. When you are not smiling, you can see a line form between the eyelid and the cheek. Fat can bulge out in the lower eyelid. The skin there may also become loose and wrinkled. This makes the line look even deeper. The reason facelift patients often choose to add a cheek lift as well is because a facelift focuses on restoring the neck, lower jaw, and jawline. By contrast, a cheek lift addresses the central part of the face. The two procedures combined can leave patients with smoother skin and a natural, rested look.
Am I a Candidate for Cheek Lift Surgery?
There are a few key features and traits that many patients who may benefit from cheek lift surgery share. Ideal candidates for this treatment are typically over the age of 30, in generally good health with realistic goals and expectations of the procedure, and are affected by:
- Fat pockets or sagging skin below the cheeks
- Hollowness below the eyes
- Signs of age or fatigue in or around the cheek areas
- Asymmetrical cheeks
During your initial consultation with Dr. Coberly, she will evaluate your needs and concerns and help you determine whether cheek lift surgery is the best option.
What Is Involved in a Cheek Lift Procedure?
In a cheek lift procedure, the cheek tissue is raised back up where it used to be, and it stays in place. In most cases, not much fat from these areas is removed. Instead, the cheek tissue is repositioned to create a smoother, more youthful look. The line between the cheek and the lower eyelid is reduced or eliminated. You can view results from actual patients in our before-and-after gallery to see how cheek lift surgery and other treatments can rejuvenate one’s appearance.
The cheek lift procedure is typically performed as an outpatient and lasts about three hours, depending on the treatment plan. In some cases, patients choose to have their cheek lift performed with blepharoplasty (eyelid lift surgery), which removes loose skin and bulging fat in the lower eyelid areas. The cheek lift then raises the cheek tissue higher, using the same incision as that used for the lower eyelid lift. Dr. Coberly can talk with you about the best options for your goals once she has evaluated your skin during the initial consultation.
Patients’ Before-And-After Photos
What Can I Expect During Recovery from a Cheek Lift?
Incisions for cheek lift surgery are made under the eyelashes, and sutures are taken out between five and seven days after the procedure. Typically, there is very little postoperative discomfort. In some cases, swelling may last for two to four weeks; in others, the swelling may last longer, but this is quite rare. Most patients are able to resume regular activities in about four weeks. With that in mind, each patient’s needs are unique and the recovery process will be different depending on individual anatomy and whether other procedures were included with the cheek lift treatment. Dr. Coberly will provide you with postoperative guidelines that can help you achieve a safe and smooth recovery.
How Long Will Cheek Lift Results Last?
This can vary by patient, but usually it takes about six months to see the final results of a cheek lift. That said, the results of a cheek lift can last forever. Remember: every patient can have a different result because every face is unique! It’s important to consult with an experienced plastic surgeon such as Dana Coberly, MD before seeking a cheek lift or any type of cosmetic enhancement procedure. They can assess your situation and set proper expectations for results. For most people, a cheek lift – combined with a facelift – can reverse the aging process and restore a smooth, healthy, and youthful look. That’s a confidence booster for any patient!
How Noticeable Are Cheek Lift Scars?
While virtually all surgical procedures will result in some degree of scarring, Dr. Coberly takes great care to limit and minimize scar visibility. Incisions for a cheek lift are frequently made in discreet locations, such as within the hairline, meaning the scar can often be easily concealed. You will also be provided with aftercare instructions on how to properly care for the incisions, which can help the scar heal safely and effectively.
Is a Non-Surgical Cheek Lift Possible?
There are minimally-invasive options available for patients who would like to explore alternatives to cheek lift surgery. Dermal fillers such as RADIESSE® and JUVÉDERM® can restore volume to the cheeks and smooth out fine lines. These injectable products may be able to provide similar results to a cheek lift; however, the effects will only be temporary and retreatments will be necessary to maintain results. Additionally, laser skin treatments can address signs of wrinkles and fine lines in the mid-face and may offer a suitable alternative depending on the patient’s unique needs. Dr. Coberly can answer any questions you may have about possible alternatives to cheek lift surgery that may be of benefit.
Cheek Lift vs. Facelift
A cheek lift typically focuses on the central and upper area of the face, while a facelift targets the lower third. A facelift mainly addresses jowls, volume loss, and wrinkles that appear on the lower region of the face, and can even improve skin laxity in the upper neck. Another distinction between these two treatments is the recovery time. Recovery from a cheek lift is typically shorter than the healing process required for a facelift. With all of this in mind, it is important to note that a cheek lift can complement facelift surgery for more comprehensive facial rejuvenation and an overall smoother and younger appearance.
How Much Does a Cheek Lift Cost?
On average, the starting price for a cheek lift at our practice is typically $5,775. The cost will vary depending on the extent of the treatment being performed and the unique needs of each patient. During your initial consultation, you and a member of our team will discuss the expected cost for your treatment, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our practice accepts various methods of payment, including financing options available through CareCredit® and PatientFi™. These popular financing agencies offer qualified applicants a range of affordable payment plans that can be helpful for those who wish to pay for their treatment over time.
Do you have additional questions about cheek lift treatment or other procedures available from Dr. Coberly? Contact us today for more information, or to schedule a consultation.