Doctors Fleming and Mayer are proud of their reputation as some of the best Beverly Hills cheek lift specialists. They use the most advanced techniques and technologies available to provide all of their patients with outstanding aesthetic results. In the paragraphs below, Doctors Fleming and Mayer explain this procedure and the remarkable aesthetic transformation their cheek lift Beverly Hills patients can achieve through it. While a facelift is necessary to improve the lower two-thirds of the face, including the jowls and outer cheeks, it cannot always address the central portion of the face, which starts below the eyelid and goes to the sides of the mouth. Those patients have excessive sagging of the muscles that travel from the cheekbone to the upper lip. The result is a flattened apple of the cheek and for some, a “sunken” appearance immediately below the cheek.
A cheeklift is performed on those patients to correct this muscle sagging. This procedure allows us to lift the cheek area and return a more youthful fullness to the cheeks, eliminate the “sunken-in” appearance and minimize the folds at the sides of the mouth. Some Beverly Hills cheek lift patients do not have adequate definition of their cheekbones. For those patients we can perform cheek augmentation (implants), which may correct the sagging. Other patients may require both augmentation and lifting for the ideal result. Cheeklift surgery is performed through the same incision used for lower eyelid surgery, just below the eyelashes. There will be stitches in place for six days after surgery. Patients who normally wear contact lenses will be required to wear eyeglasses for two weeks after surgery, so that there is no pulling on the lower eyelid. There may be bruising and swelling that normally resolves in 7–10 days. Frequently, we perform lower eyelid surgery simultaneously to correct the bags under the eyes.
During the midface lift, the talented Beverly Hills facial cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Fleming or Dr. Mayer, makes small incisions in the area above the ear or the lower eyelid, and in some cases, through the underside of the upper lip. A small endoscope and other instruments are introduced through the incisions to lift the delicate midface tissues off the cheekbones. Once lifted, these tissues are repositioned upward (toward the eye) and to the side (toward the ear). The ENDOTINE Midface device, which has five small tissue holders, or tines, to grasp the cheek tissue gently but securely, and elevate it (and all overlying cheek tissue layers) to a new position. In this way, it can reduce the skin irregularities and dimpling that commonly occur when sutures are used. The tines also distribute the tissue forces evenly, minimizing the chance of surgical failure and possible injury caused by sutures. It typically takes 30 to sixty days for the tissue to reattach to the bone. Once implanted, the device gradually absorbs until it is completely gone. This is an improvement over non-absorbable sutures, which remain permanently implanted long after they are no longer needed for fixation.