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Malar fat pad lift
August 18, 2009 9:57 AM
A midface lift typically does not give a good correction in the jowl area. It is better to perform a facelift. Patients who are expecting jowl correction with any midface procedure will
A midface lift typically does not give a good correction in the jowl area. It is better to perform a facelift. Patients who are expecting jowl correction with any midface procedure will typically be disappointed. In conjunction with a cleverly performed facelift, the malar fat pad lift is a wonderful procedure and an exciting development in facelift surgery. We typically perform the malar fat pad lifts from ABOVE rather than BELOW the malar fat pad, a departure from the older described procedure but one that give much better elevation of the pad without needing to stretch the skin unnecessarily.
A facelift is also the best way to access the malar fat pad and elevate it. Simply pulling on tissues gives a more temporary result; separating them and fixing them in a new position where they can heal without tension gives a more permanent result.
Ironically, cheeklifts have recovery times as long as facelifts (10 days back in public on average with makeup) due to the delicate nature of the midfacial tissues.
Patients should not be misled by inaccurate recovery times, "weekend" or "lunch time" lifts.
We have a number of published articles on the midface discussing many of the midface techniques available below.