Lifting the Middle Third of the Face to Restore Natural
Youthfulness - The Weekend Lift
|One of the earliest signs that men and women are maturing
is that the middle third of the face droops with gravity.
A less vibrant, sad, or mad look results
as the cheek fat pad droops over the folds that travel
from the nose to the mouth and from the mouth to the
jaw. The face seems to thin out, and cheek structure
Patients are perceived as tired, angry, or depressed--even
though they are active and happy. Often, patients note
that people treat them differently, both at work and
in a social environment.
These changes are stubborn and resistant to treatment,
and begin in the 30's. Collagen, fat transfers, and
even facelift techniques do not fully correct these
changes. Often treatments and surgery to reduce this
middle third sag produce a stretched or unnatural look.
Or there are risks that are significant.
Now an easy method to naturally correct this middle
third of the face sag is available. Four suture loops--two
on each side of the face--are placed through needle
holes into the sagging cheek fat pads. These suture
loops are then passed with a needle into the temple
The sagging fat pad is lifted upward, carrying the
face with it. The cheek is restored and the sagging
folds are reduced with this simple procedure, performed
under local anesthesia.
The procedure may be performed alone, or it may be
performed in conjunction with other larger or minimally
invasive procedures. Often, it is all that a younger
patient, a patient with good skin and/or high cheekbones,
or a patient who needs a facelift tune-up requires.
Patients may wish to change this aspect of their appearance
and address other concerns at another time as well.
The Weekend Lift can produce significant improvement.
In the more mature patient (48-75) with a great deal
of mid face sagging, the result can appear dramatic.
The quick recovery makes these patients some of the
most enthusiastic for the procedure.
Younger patients (38-52) will notice outstanding changes.
There is usually a more subtle result in these patients
because they have not aged as much. However, these patients
age first in the mid face area and are quite happy that
something short of a facelift can dramatically improve
their problems with sagging in the nose to lip folds
and from the mouth to chin folds. Often these patients
have used collagen or other fillers (softform, Gore-tex,
fat). They have passed the first milestone in the aging
process and wish to appear as they did prior to that
Older patients (62-85) who have had previous facelifts
(or who have good skin elasticity and have not had a
facelift) may find that the Weekend Lift fits their
needs for facial rejuvenation. The improvement in the
face can achieve the desired goals without the need
to repeat the full facelift process.
Often patients who have "lost their cheeks"
with aging are advised to have fat injections or cheek
implants. Many of these people can avoid repeated fat
injections or implants and achieve better results with
less recovery with the 72-hour procedure. The 72-hour
procedure can also improve the results of the implants
or fat injections in patients who have had or are considering
The weekend Lift may be performed in a way that there
are only needle mark insertion areas in the visible
skin and small (2 cm.) incisions in the hair of the
It produces a natural, "restorative" type
For patients who wish to extend the indications for
the long weekend facelift to include more extensive
jowl removal and some neck work, an "open technique"
may be used. In this instance, the closed technique
combined with a neck lift or a mini lift. Often the
combination of the closed technique and these more limited
procedures can produce a result that is
superior to a skin and muscle style of facelift (SMAS
facelift) without the longer recovery.
If there is a great excess of sagging skin, more extensive
facelift procedures may be performed. The combination
of the suprafibromuscular facelift with
the closed technique procedure can produce a result
that is dramatically superior and longer lasting in
the mid face than the previously used "deep plane
techniques" that were formerly used to maximize
the result in the mid face.
If you have questions about your suitability for these
procedures, please contact us for a free consultation.
We will describe more about this dramatic technological
advance which enables us to provide better results with
less risk and recovery time at your consultation.