Mid Facelift

Round, full, plump cheeks contribute to an attractive, youthful look. People with saggy or sunken cheeks usually look drawn and perpetually tired. Board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Houtan Chaboki offers a lasting solution, the mid facelift, for people from Arlington and Ashburn, VA; Bethesda and Chevy Chase, MD; and throughout the Washington, DC, metro area. He performs this and other facial rejuvenation procedures to help his patients look naturally younger.

To discuss your goals for facial cosmetic surgery and the areas that you would like to improve, request your cosmetic consultation with Dr. Chaboki online or call his office at (202) 800-2085.

How Much Does a Mid Facelift Cost?

Like other facial rejuvenation procedures, the cost of a mid facelift in the Washington, DC, metro area can vary quite a bit between patients. This is because each procedure is unique, and the cost of surgery depends on the details of the procedure as well as other factors, such as the fees charged by the surgical center. We will provide you with a specific quote at the end of your consultation. Learn more about how we calculate the cost of plastic surgery and your financing options on our Fees & Financing page.

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Mid Facelift Improvements

The mid face, which starts at the lower eyelids and ends at the corners of the mouth, can become flattened, sunken, or saggy with age. To reverse these changes, Dr. Chaboki performs mid facelift surgery, also called a cheek lift. This procedure enhances the face by:

  • Correcting early signs of aging in the cheek area
  • Giving the cheeks a more youthful, lifted look
  • Rejuvenating the middle of the face

The cheek lift is an ideal complement to the facelift for rejuvenation of the lower face or a brow lift or eyelid surgery for the upper face; therefore, Dr. Chaboki often performs a combination of procedures to address multiple concerns with a single surgery and recovery period.

Your Cheek Enhancement Options

Dr. Chaboki can perform other procedures in addition to or instead of a mid facelift. Options include:

  • Cheek augmentation with solid silicone facial implants can enhance mid facelift results by adding definition to the cheeks.
  • Nonsurgical facelifts with fat injections or injectable fillers such as Restylane®, RADIESSE®, or Sculptra® fill out the cheeks with minimal downtime.
  • Med spa treatments, such as facial fillers and chemical peels can provide enhancement to the cheeks for patients who are not ready for cosmetic surgery.

During your consultation, Dr. Chaboki will recommend the best options for you based on your areas of most concern, the amount of correction you would like to achieve, and your underlying facial anatomy.

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Double Board-Certified
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Houtan Chaboki, MD

Certified by both the American Board of Otolaryngology and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Dr. Chaboki has extensive knowledge of the intricacies of the face and neck. When you choose him for your procedure, you’re choosing one of the most reputable facial plastic surgeons in DC, as well as a nationwide leader in preservation rhinoplasty.

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How It’s Performed

Dr. Chaboki performs mid facelift surgery using anesthesia with incisions hidden in the scalp. He lifts the cheek tissue to a higher position to create fuller, more youthful-looking cheeks.

Recovery After Mid Facelift Surgery

Recovery after a mid facelift normally takes 1 to 2 weeks but varies depending on whether you have other procedures performed at the same time. Initially, you will have swelling and bruising, especially under the eyes. You will likely feel “restaurant” ready after a couple of weeks as your fresher, more attractive results emerge.

Your Renewed Look

When Dr. Chaboki performs mid facelift surgery, he provides results that look attractive, not overdone. His priorities are safety and natural-looking facial rejuvenation.

After your surgery, you will look better than nature intended for the remainder of your life. Because the aging process continues, wrinkles and sagging skin will likely develop over the following years. You should look better than if you had not had the procedure in the first place.

You may consider secondary plastic surgery several years after your original procedure. Additional procedures such as BOTOX, facial fillers, or laser treatments are often used to help maintain a youthful appearance. These nonsurgical treatments typically are started a few months after surgery.

* Price information is an estimation and individual pricing will vary. All prices are subject to change and costs are non-refundable.

Mid Facelift FAQs

Is the “XYZ” mid facelift worth it?

Many plastic surgeons have trademarked or branded their facelift techniques, but in reality these names are just for marketing. The best facelift surgeons tailor each surgery to the specific needs of each patient without any specific branded name. One facelift is not necessarily better than another. Be cautious when speaking to a branded or trademarked cosmetic surgeon. Keep in mind that safe and reliable facelift techniques are used by the entire community of plastic surgeons and are not associated with trademarked or branded names. 

Who is a candidate for mid facelift surgery?

Mid facelift candidates generally have some of the following qualities, but circumstances may vary for each person: 

  • Good general health
  • Over 40 years old 
  • Flat or sunken cheeks 
  • Loss of facial volume in mid facial area 
  • Time available for recovery after surgery

Some patients require a limited or mini facelift while other patients would benefit from a more extensive, deep plane facelift.

As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Chaboki will tailor the mid facelift as appropriate for you. The mid facelift is customized to your degree of facial aging, underlying anatomy, and most importantly your personal goals. Some patients require a limited or mini lift, while other patients would benefit from a more extensive lift. Only after a comprehensive evaluation can we help determine appropriate options for you. 

Where are the incisions placed for a mid facelift?

The incisions are hidden in the contours of the face. Incisions may be placed in the lower eyelid, inside the mouth, in front of the ear, or on the side of the head. The location of the incisions is based on the specific cheek lift procedure appropriate for you. 

What are the different types of mid facelifts?

Mid facelift surgery may be performed via incision in the lower eyelid, inside the mouth, in front of the ear, or from the side of the head. Minor wrinkles may be corrected with incisions hidden around the lower eyelid. Patients with more moderate sagging of the cheek often benefit from a sub-periosteal type of mid facelift, with incisions hidden within the hair of the scalp. Alternatively, a mid facelift may be combined with a facelift to help address the middle and lower facial areas. 

How long will a mid facelift last?

After a mid facelift, you should look better than nature intended for the remainder of your life. The aging process continues, however, so wrinkles and sagging skin will reappear years after facial surgery. You should look better than if you had not had the procedure in the first place. 

Does insurance cover mid facelift surgery?

Dr. Chaboki provides the finest in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery at affordable prices, and participates with most insurance plans. Plastic surgery covers a broad area of medicine, which includes both reconstructive procedures and cosmetic procedures. If your procedure is medically indicated, some portion of the cost may be covered. The office accepts insurance in applicable cases and will, if you wish, contact your insurance company to find out if your procedure will be covered. Insurance coverage varies greatly between patients; however, plastic surgery may be partially or fully covered. 

Can I combine a mid facelift with other facial surgery?

Yes, it’s generally preferred to combine procedures. First, by combining surgery, insurance may cover a portion of the procedure, and you may save money on fees. Secondly, tissue modified from one area may be used for another surgical area. Lastly, the recovery process following surgery would only be once, and you minimize downtime by avoiding two separate procedures. Procedures commonly combined with a mid facelift include the following: 

When can I resume regular exercise after mid facelift surgery?

Strenuous activities or exercise after plastic surgery will increase the risk of bleeding, swelling, and bruising, until an appropriate amount of healing time has been allowed. This restriction during the recovery period varies based on the operation performed and patient’s medical condition. Light activities, such as slow walking, may (and should) be performed soon after anesthesia has worn off. Heavy activity, such as aerobics, yoga, cycling, running, heavy lifting, or similar vigorous activities are allowed after 2 weeks. Contact sports are generally allowed 6 weeks after surgery. 

Will I need time off work after mid facelift surgery?

Most patients plan approximately 1 to 2 weeks off from work. A longer period of recovery may be necessary for combined procedures. Many patients feel “restaurant ready” within 1 to 2 weeks. 

What type of anesthesia is used during mid facelift surgery?

Mid facelift surgery is normally performed with either IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist. Patients are safe and comfortable during the procedure. 

Where is mid facelift surgery performed?

Dr. Chaboki practices facial plastic surgery at several DC area surgical facilities to accommodate his patients. Minor procedures with local anesthesia are performed in the DC office. Surgical procedures with IV (twilight) sedation or general anesthesia are performed at accredited facilities with a licensed anesthetist. 

  • Georgetown University Medical Center 
  • MedStar Surgery Center 

Nonsurgical facelifts with injectable treatments such as BOTOX® Cosmetic and facial fillers (such as Restylane®) are performed in the office via local anesthesia. 

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