The midface is defined as the area lying between the lower eyelid and the upper lip. For the most part, this area is primarily comprised of the malar fat pad (the cheek). The midface is one of the first facial areas to display signs of aging. In individuals in their early 30s, some descent of the cheek can be observed. This descent may lead to the formation of dark circles beneath the eyes and deepening of the nasolabial (nasal lines) and nasojugal (tear trough) creases. These effects are further compounded due to midfacial volume loss. The midface is not addressed by the standard facelifting techniques.
Many surgical advances in facial plastic surgery have come about benefitting the midface lift. Dr. Anthony Corrado utilizes an endoscope, a small surgical telescope millimeters in diameter, to allow him to operate in the intricate environment of the midface via a series of small incisions as compared to traditional techniques which require large surgical incisions with the possibility of large scars. Utilizing these small well-hidden incisions allows Dr. Anthony Corrado to perform rejuvenation of the midface so there are virtually no visible scars. The cheek complex is elevated in a vertically oriented fashion to allow for a more youthful appearance. Dr. Anthony Corrado also uses Facial Fat Grafting to complement this procedure, allowing the facial volume to be restored. This may also be supplemented with a Facial Implant if deemed necessary.