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A mid-facelift, also known as the vertical facelift or cheek lift, focuses on the cheeks and under eye hollows. This procedure helps to soften smile lines and lift the corners of the mouth. It is common to also have a blepharoplasty procedure or micro-fat grafting done in conjunction with a mid-face lift.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

10 days




Surgical Procedure




$4000 - $10000


Before & After Images by Provider

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The Specifics

What is a mid-facelift?

A mid-facelift is a plastic surgery procedure targeting the mid face area for rejuvenation. Similarly to a traditional facelift, a mid-facelift alters skin, fat, and muscle to correct the cheek and under eye area. The cheek fat pad and some eye muscles are repositioned in addition to restoring skin tightness and improving skin laxity.

A mid-facelift can enhance facial volume, reduce fine lines around the mouth, and correct hollowing of the under eye for facial rejuvenation and a more youthful appearance. It is common for candidates to combine a Mid-Facelift surgery with other cosmetic procedures such as a neck lift, eyelid lift, or brow lift.

What cosmetic concerns does a mid-facelift procedure treat?

  1. Facial Skin Laxity: A mid-facelift targets the cheeks and under eye while also improving skin laxity around the mouth through alterations to excess skin, fat, and underlying muscle.

Who is the ideal candidate for a mid-facelift procedure?

The ideal candidate for a mid-facelift is a younger or middle aged individual with under eye hollows or heaviness and sagging of the cheeks. A mid-facelift is not recommended for those with loose skin in the neck area, or more prominent signs of aging that will require a more invasive facelift plastic surgery.

What is the average recovery associated with a mid-facelift procedure?

The acute recovery time following a mid-facelift is about two weeks. The sutures are removed after seven days, and most patients return to work after two weeks. Strenuous physical activity should be avoided for as long as six week. The head should be turned from the shoulders (not the neck) during the recovery period.

To better understand the healing and downtime associated with the procedure, check out our complete guide to facelift recovery.

What are the potential side effects of a mid-facelift procedure?

Potential side effects following a mid-facelift include bruising, swelling, discomfort, an unnatural appearing smile, nerve injury, prolonged edema, and facial asymmetry.

What can someone expect from the results of a mid-facelift procedure?

The results of a mid-facelift will finalize over two to four months, but will be noticeable immediately after the procedure. The results can last 10 to 15 years, but long-term are subject to aging, use, sun exposure, and gravity.

What is the average cost of a mid-facelift procedure?

A mid-facelift procedure can cost anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. The actual cost of a mid-facelift is dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery. Learn more in our complete guide to the cost of a facelift.


  • Minimally Invasive
  • Short Procedure
  • Incision Are Well Concealed


  • Limited Surgical View

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

A mid-facelift, also called a vertical facelift or cheek lift, softens smile lines and lifts the corners of the mouth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a mid-facelift.

The Takeaway

A mid-facelift is a cosmetic surgery procedure performed by an expert plastic surgeon to correct loose skin, excess fat, connective tissue, and other facial tissues for facial rejuvenation and a more youthful appearance with natural-looking results.

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