CHEEK LIFT OVERVIEW
A cheek lift is also known as an endotine midface lift. It elevates the soft midface (cheeks) upward and outward toward the eye and temples. It uses a process called endotine surgery.
WHAT TO EXPECT
An endotine is a device similar to the end of a fork that is placed under the skin. It is slotted in through an incision in the mouth and drawn up towards an incision made behind the hair line in the temple area of the forehead. The endotine attaches to the bone and is absorbed into the body over a 2 to 3 month period. The endotine’s role is to grab tissue and reposition it. The aim is to move the cheek skin over the cheekbones thus reduce the effect of jowls.
The procedure can be carried out using a general anaesthetic or a local anaesthetic and sedation. Patients typically return home on the same day. You are likely to experience bruising, puffiness and swelling in the area, which will gradually fade over time, usually around 4-6 weeks, though it may take up to 3 months for all puffiness to disappear.
BENEFITS OF A CHEEK LIFT
It dramatically lifts sagging cheeks and is particularly effective for those who have always had a jowly look. The endotine means that surgery is less invasive and lasts. It tends to have a large satisfaction rate.
The effects can alter the shape of the face in a way that is unexpected by the client, such as being too tight looking. After surgery there is a tightness and swelling in the treated area that disappears in about a month.