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Cheek Lift

A cheek lift is a procedure that focuses on the midface to address loose muscle and sagging skin in the cheeks. We understand that area-specific aging, (based on genetics, environmental exposure, etc.), can cause a drop in your confidence, but once you understand how aging affects your skin, Dr. Daniel Lensink can find a customized solution. During your consultation, Dr. Lensink will meet with you to discuss your facelift needs based on how significant your concerns are, and if a cheek lift (also known as a mini-facelift) is the best option for you.

Not all facelifts are created equal, nor are our patients’ requirements. The neck and forehead may look relatively young, and not require a full facelift to reposition everything from the neck muscles through the forehead and brow. However, a cheek lift or mid-facelift will help you reduce the appearance of mid-facial aging signs so that you can focus on the more important things in your life.

Aging of the Midface

Often the first signs of aging are found in the midface region, which begins at the lower portion of the eye and extends through the cheeks, around the nose, and down through the corners of the mouth to the chin. The reason the midface succumbs to this type of aging boils down to the activity in this area and the positioning of the soft tissues. Your eyes are the focal point of expression, and cheeks frame a mouth engaged in speaking, eating, smiling, and other facial expressions. Up until your early 30s, you’ll notice a fullness and contoured lift in the cheeks supported by malar fat pads (pads of fat that shape the cheeks at the cheekbone) and well-positioned muscles, all wrapped up in the elastic skin that shows no signs of wear.

However, when the cheeks finally start losing this fat volume, and the high positioning of this malar fat pad and supportive muscle structures on the cheekbone begin to fall, you will see a definite change. The midface will look deflated, and the skin will sag, creating a set of defined lines and softness where contours used to be. These lines include nasolabial folds that extend from the nose down to the corners or the mouth, marionette lines that extend downward through the chin, and noticeable jowls. Women may notice these aging signs in the cheeks and underneath the eyes earlier than men do, based on gender-specific hormones that cause added thickness and strength in the male skin.

What You Can Expect With a Cheek Lift

You may be surprised how aged you look as these changes form in the mid-face. Again, your neck may appear quite young, and so no adjustment to the muscles or skin there will be needed, reducing your need for a full facelift. During your consultation, Dr. Lensink will show you the difference between a full facelift and a cheek lift, as he gently lifts the skin in this region manually to reveal similar results to what you can expect. Then you can decide if a minimally invasive cheek lift with Dr. Lensink will give you the lift you need without overdoing it. At this time, he may also recommend the additions of ALMI, a state-of-the-art improvement of 3D fat transfer (to add volume to the cheeks), as well as lower eyelid blepharoplasty (to reduce lower eyelid sagging) to your procedure.

Before we book your cheek lift with Dr. Lensink, he will dedicate time to addressing any questions or concerns you may have. Should you find that a cheek lift is the best option to regain your youth, we will prepare you for the next steps. Our staff will take photos of your face before the surgery, so afterwards, you’re able to see how much of a difference this small change has made in your appearance.

The surgery is conducted in our office based surgery center, and we will get you set up with the proper medications you’ll need to take beforehand, including antibiotics, as well as medications for pain and relaxation.

How Dr. Lensink Performs Cheek Lift

The night before your cheek lift surgery, you will have washed your hair with a sterilizing shampoo, focusing on your hairline. You will also have taken your relaxation medication and any other medications recommended by Dr. Lensink an hour or two before the surgery. Before you’re escorted to our surgical suite, there will be time to ask any last minute questions and to make sure you feel comfortable and ready. For most patients, local anesthesia or IV sedation is used in addition to the prescribed relaxation medication.

To begin, Dr. Lensink makes a few incision guidelines on midface area, which is located in the upper hairlines and around and under the ear. Your face will then be draped and prepared for the cheek lift. Dr. Lensink will make an incision into the hairline, and in front and below the ear as a singular point of entry to target the muscle and malar fat pad that require repositioning. Through this incision, Dr. Lensink can access these soft tissues, lifting them from their lowered position in the face and anchoring them using a series of sutures. These sutures are extended downward into the jawline and back up through the entry point where they are anchored into the hairline and secured.

Tightening the muscles leaves a surprising amount of excess skin and space, so as soon as these sutures are in position, Dr. Lensink will cut away and remove the skin, reducing the appearance of jowls. Once this skin is removed, and the sutures are closed, a compression garment is applied. The cheeks are now lifted, and any sagging skin is eliminated, rejuvenating the midface and bringing back a natural glow.

This minimally invasive cheek lift technique offers an exceedingly natural result, because Dr. Lensink lifts the deeper tissues in an upward position as opposed to pulling back the skin toward the ear. Deep plane facelifts, known as Beverly Hills facelifts, tend to have this stretched appearance that can look unnatural and unpleasant. To schedule your consultation for a cheek lift with Dr. Lensink, please call and speak with our nursing staff at 530-229-7700.

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