Mid-Face Lift St. Louis - Cheek Lift Missouri
As we age, the cheek deflates, or loses volume. As it deflates, it droops to a lower position. The lower eyelid elongates down, folds deepen across the cheek/mouth area (nasolabial fold) and jowls form. By restoring volume in the cheek, these processes can be reversed. This can be accomplished by means of collagen fillers or fat.
Dr. Cabbabe incorporates his experience with reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face to give patients the best results possible to meet their desires. He is also an expert in minimally invasive cosmetic surgery of the face and has published on these topics. His patients have a natural, refreshed look after surgery. During your consultation, Dr. Cabbabe will carefully examine your entire face including the brow, upper and lower eyelids, face and neck. He will make recommendations in order to help you achieve your desired result while maintaining facial harmony.
Fat/Filler Augmentation Of The Cheek
Dr. Cabbabe is able to utilize fat or collagen filers as a means of augmenting the cheek. Off the shelf collagen fillers can be used to and may last 6 months to one year. Alternatively, fat is removed from an unwanted area then prepared for re-injection by purification. The fat is then precisely and carefully injected in the cheek. Fat contains stem cells and helps to rejuvenate the cheek itself and the skin of the cheek.
As the cheek is augmented and filled, the nasolabial fold disappears, the jowls disappear and the lower eyelid shortens. This results in a restoration of anatomy and a more youthful, refreshed appearance.
Preparing for Surgery
Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you refrain from taking any aspirin, Plavix, Coumadin, ibuprofen or any other type of blood thinner. He will also ensure that your blood pressure has been properly controlled if you have high blood pressure. On the morning of surgery, Dr. Cabbabe will precisely mark the planned incision and injection lines.
The procedure(s) is approximately 1 hour in length. This procedure can be done under local anesthesia, local anesthesia with sedation or general anesthesia. No sutures are generally needed.
Patients are able to go home after surgery. Pain medication will be prescribed as needed. Bruising and swelling will be present for 1-2 weeks. Dr. Cabbabe will ask that you keep ice on the area to decrease this. He will also ask you to keep your head elevated to decrease swelling and apply antibiotic ointment to the incision line. Patients are able to shower the next day after removing the bandage.
Possible complications include asymmetry of the cheeks, irregular contours, reabsorption of fat or fat embolism. These could potentially require additional surgery.