Overview of the surgery:
Mid-facelift – a plastic surgery procedure designed to correct hollowing
beneath the lower eyelids and deep nasolabial folds which run from the base of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth. It creates a more youthful appearance by smoothing the transition between the lower eyelids and upper cheek region. If improvement in the neck or jowl region is desired, a Midface lift can be combined with a more standard facelift.
The incision is made underneath the lower lid lash margin and usually extended out to the lateral eye region.
The procedure usually takes 3-4 hours.
Type of Anesthesia use:
The procedure is done under sedation or general anesthesia.
Days to stay in Thailand:
Risks and Complications:
Aside from the risks inherent in any surgical procedure, risks specific to face lift
· Injury to the nerves that control facial muscles – this is usually temporary.
· Problems with healing of the skin – this is common for patients who smoke.
· Scarring – there will be some scarring, although the surgeon will always try to hide
the face lift scars.
· Crust on the incisions – this will be temporary.
· Numbness or tingling around the incision areas – this should be temporary.
· Skin or hair loss – this is rare.
· Skin discoloration – this is a rare condition that can continue for several months.
Some of the most common postoperative face lift complications are:
· Reaction to the anesthesia – some face lift patients experience nausea and general
sickness after receiving anesthesia; this is a short-lasting side effect and usually
diminishes completely after a few hours.
· Hematoma – if bleeding occurs under the skin, a hematoma can develop, leaving
the area painfully swollen; an operation is required to stop the flow and remove the
· Bleeding – although some light, postoperative bleeding is normal, uncontrolled
bleeding is dangerous and can lead to painful hematomas.
· Infection – typically occurring in a specific area, symptoms of infection are swelling,
sensitivity, redness, and localized heat. Unless it is severe, an infection can be
relieved with antibiotics.
A fair amount of bruising and swelling are expected for 1-2 weeks after surgery. Ice
and ocular lubricants can be helpful early on. Stitches are usually removed 7-10 days
after surgery. There can be a period lasting several weeks of an overcorrected or
“Asian” appearance to the eyes which relaxes over a period of 4-6 weeks.
Preparation Prior To Surgery:
Medical history assessment (any allergies, serious medical condition and all
medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical
examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
Avoid smoking for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes
with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
Stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your
Taking any medications should be avoided such as hormones, anticoagulants,
anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating
medical factors prior to surgery, and also avoid taking aspirin, anti-
inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.