Midface Lift / Cheek Lift in Seattle & Bellevue, WA

What Is a Mid-Face Lift?

Midface Lift Bellevue WA |Cheek Lift Seattle

For individuals with sagging cheeks but no jowls or banding of the neck, a mid-facelift may be the best solution. The mid-face lifts target the skin and muscle tissue in the cheeks, tightening and smoothing the appearance.

Most persons opting for a mid-face lift are addressing deep marionette lines or nasolabial folds (grooves between the nose and mouth). These can be addressed with injectable materials, but a mid-facelift is often more effective and the results last considerably longer.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Midfacelift?

Midface lift treatment is well-suited to healthy adults who would like to correct the flattening and sagging of the cheeks and eyelid area. This procedure is sometimes performed independently to address the early signs of aging in the cheek and undereye tissue. A midface lift may also be one aspect of a comprehensive treatment plan aimed at correcting more significant signs of aging on multiple areas of the face.

Difference Between a Midfacelift vs. a Regular Facelift

Both types of facelift surgery are intended to refresh the face. However, each does so by addressing particular aspects of the aging process. A traditional facelift remains the go-to procedure for adults who have loose skin on the lower part of the face, causing jowls, and loose skin on the neck. The midface lift is often performed to correct tear trough deformity, which develops where the upper cheek meets the lower eyelids. The midface lift does not correct jowls or neck laxity.

Can I Have Other Procedures Done at the Same Time as a Midfacelift?

Patients often combine lift procedures to achieve the best results. A midface lift may be combined with blepharoplasty or a brow lift to make over the upper regions of the face. The midface lift may also be combined with nonsurgical treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox, laser resurfacing, and other services. The beauty of aesthetic medicine is that every treatment plan is developed around the patient’s unique needs and preferences.

Are there Alternatives to Improve My Smile Lines?

Smile lines are another name for nasolabial folds, the creases that form between the nose and the mouth. These creases are a natural part of aging that result from a combination of volume loss and skin laxity. While a midface lift can improve the appearance of smile lines, patients whose concerns are limited to nasolabial folds and the general tightness of the skin, or lack thereof, may benefit from dermal filler treatment, a Silhouette InstaLift, or Ultherapy.

Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers are injected beneath the creases to plump the deeper layers of the skin and push the crease up to the surface. The results of the treatment can last approximately 18 months.

Silhouette Instalift

The Silhouette InstaLift is a popular thread lift technique that manually lifts tissue and repositions it through the use of tiny, bidirectional cones that span the length of surgical grade sutures. Results of this nonsurgical procedure are immediate and can last 12 months to 2 years.


Ultherapy is a noninvasive skin-tightening treatment that causes collagen contraction and remodeling by depositing ultrasound energy into the deepest layers of the skin. The results of Ultherapy occur over time and can last up to a few years.

How Do I Prepare for Midfacelift Surgery?

Patients are advised to eat light meals the day before surgery and to avoid eating after midnight. Before surgery, patients should also fill any prescriptions that have been given and arrange for a friend or loved one to care for them on the day of surgery.

Mid-Face Lift Procedure

Dr. Tarbet makes small incisions above the ear and by the temple. Additional incisions are made inside the mouth over the cheekbone. All of the incisions made in a mid-facelift procedure are very small; usually around one inch long. The process involves less trauma than a full facelift, as less tissue is affected in a mid-facelift procedure. This means quicker recovery and a shorter wait for the final results.

How Long Does the Cheek Lift Procedure Take?

A midface lift typically takes 2 hours if no other procedures are being performed at the same time. The surgical team discusses surgery time based on the treatment plan that has been customized for the patient.

What Our Patients Have to Say

“I love Dr. Tarbet and her team! They are always so patient with me when I ask questions. Her team is always smiling and helpful.” – Sue S.

Cheek Lift Recovery

Smiling young woman feeling happy

Most patients undergoing a mid-face lift require only a week off from work or other regular activities. There is usually minimal bruising associated with a mid-face lift, but some swelling may occur. Using ice for the first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after a mid-face lift can help control swelling.

A mid-facelift helps individuals to look refreshed and rejuvenated, with results that are more permanent than injectables.

Do Cheek Implants Create the Same Improvement as a Midfacelift

Cheek implants can effectively replace lost volume to the cheek area. Implants are typically made of a type of medical-grade silicone. Inserted beneath subcutaneous tissue, the implants add permanent contour to the cheeks. The silicone pads can be removed in a minor surgical procedure if the patient were to decide they wanted to change their appearance. While cheek implants can add volume to the mid-face, they cannot lift tissue that has become loose and saggy. A surgical lift is needed to achieve this. Some patients combine cheek implants with their midface lift.

What are the Risks of Cheek Lift Surgery?

It is rare for adverse effects to occur during or after a midface lift. Like all surgeries, this procedure does carry a risk of infection, bleeding, nerve damage, and poor wound healing. During your consultation with Dr. Tarbet, you will discuss the potential for risks and complications, as well as how they are managed.

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