A cheek lift or mid-facelift is a good option when there is a combination of sagging cheeks and tiredness around the eyes. The appearance of jowls and deep creases between the base of the nose and the corners of the mouth are improved significantly after a mid-facelift. In a cheek lift, all of the soft facial tissues are lifted. Deep sutures are placed to lift the cheeks in an upward and slightly outward direction, making the cheeks appear fuller and more youthful. Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Douglas Hendricks, is triple board-certified with 20 years of experience in serving the Los Angeles area and Orange County. Call Pacifica Cosmetic Surgery Center to schedule a personal facial surgery consultation with Dr. Hendricks.
During a cheek lift procedure, incisions are made around the hairline and ear. Endoscopy is the popular way to perform this surgery because it gives the surgeon a good view of the inside of the cheek, and helps to minimize scarring. Using sutures that are placed directly in the fat pad, the cheek is pulled back up to its original position, giving the face a more youthful appearance. This procedure tightens and smoothes the appearance of nasolabial folds, as well as the vertical lines that run downward from the mouth and on the sides of the chin.
“Dear Doug, Thank you for your kind letter. It has been my honor to work with you over the years. I hope we can remain friends as time goes on. Thank you for your expert care of my girls Kim + Kelly. We all wish you the very best! Dave Killeen”– J.D. / Office Visit / Jul 09, 2000
“The only dr I trust with my face. Is dr Hendricks. I went in today for Botox. End up looking 10 yrs younger how he just simply told me the truth about a small change I needed to make. And I listen hv. I trust his honesty. He is amazing”– P.L. / Yelp / Oct 10, 2016
“Dr Hendrix did an exceptional job. He did a breast augmentation and liposuction on thighs, belly, butt and filling in butt indents. I loved the whole experience and the results I couldn't be more happy with!! He cares about what he does and you can see without a single doubt it's his passion. He is so knowledgeable and his skills are AMAZING!! I would not even consider going to a different surgeon. I hope he will never retire!”– L.L. / Yelp / Oct 05, 2016
“Dr Hendricks experience and knowledge was above any other surgeon I considered. Learning he is one of very few surgeons and not just a certified cosmetic Dr was inportant but then his thouroghness was above and beyond what I expected. He explains everything to where you feel comfortable. After surgery he was easiy to reach and respnded so quickly that if I had an u nexpected question he responded right away. His follow up appointments were included in initial fees as well as ultrasound treatment to help the sensativity and decrease the swollen tissue. I immediatly saw results after the procedure but each week I am shocked how natural and good my mid section is looking. He has by far has exceeded my expecations and his passion and focus on post surgery is so not like any other Dr I met with. I am so happy I went with Dr Hendricks.”– S. / Wellness / Sep 21, 2016
“His experience and knowledge was above any other surgeon I considered. Learning he is one of very few surgeons and not just a certified cosmetic Dr was inportant but then his thouroghness was above and beyond what I expected. He explains everything to where you feel comfortable. After surgery he was easiy to reach and respnded so quickly that if I had an u nexpected question he responded right away. His follow up appointments were included in initial fees as well as ultrasound treatment”– Anonymous / Healthgrades / Sep 21, 2016
All cheek lift procedures are performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. The length of the surgery, if performed alone, will usually vary between 1-2 hours. This surgery is considered an outpatient procedure. After surgery, patients will be bruised and swollen and the face will feel tight. The recovery following a cheek lift takes about 7-10 days. It is common for patients to feel anxious about how their face will appear. It may take up to several months or longer for the final results to appear.
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While surgery typically produces the most dramatic results, many patients may find satisfactory results with injectable fillers. This approach, while successful, is better reserved for patients who are not as concerned with drooping, loose skin. Certain fillers can assist in smoothing out wrinkles, improving fine lines and adding facial volume under the cheeks. These options can be discussed during the initial consultation.
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In the days immediately following any kind of facial surgery, patients will feel tight and pulled. The cheeks, in particular, will feel stretched as the skin adjusts to its new position. This is a short-term effect and will subside, leaving the cheeks to feel natural. It’s important to find a reputable surgeon skilled in facial surgery. Surgeons who know what they are doing will make every effort to work within the confines of the patient’s bone, skin and muscle structures for a younger, more natural look can result.
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Cheek lifts have advanced greatly in recent years, leaving scars to look inconspicuous. The incisions are typically made along the natural hairline, or along the crease of the natural folds of the face. The sutures are usually placed under the skin. The majority of the time, patients fully heal from this surgery, and the scars are barely visible to the naked eye.
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- 3.5-4 Hours
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