Mid-face (Cheek Lift)

Sagging skin due to ageing? This can easily be remedied by getting a high-quality cheek surgery performed by NZ’s top midface lift surgeons. A midface lift involves making minor incisions along the lower eyelid and behind the top of the upper lip and then tightening the tissue underneath. It sounds more complicated than it actually is and the results are nothing short of amazing.


A midface or cheek lift is a stand-alone procedure most commonly done to patients who want to stave off the effects of ageing on their faces. It can also be used in conjunction with other procedures to effect a more dramatic physical transformation.

Incisions are made in the lower eyelid and behind the top of the upper lip. The soft tissues underneath are then lifted back to its original position on top of the cheekbones. This is then secured by suspending it in place or stitching it up with the securing points located near the temple.

Best Candidates

People with good general health and as close as possible to their ideal BMI based on age, height and other physical factors.
Desire to improve facial contour aesthetics
People with no adverse reactions to Botox and other similar products/implants.
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What to Expect

Midface lifts are considered the first line of defence against obvious signs of ageing. Therefore it is one of the more common forms of face surgeries in the world. This is a good thing and is the reason why a midface or cheek surgery can be done very quickly.

Results may vary based on your overall health, skin quality, looseness, presence of folds and/or wrinkles. Your basic anatomy will also be assessed to ensure you are a good candidate for cheek surgery.

Botox may be introduced into your system to alleviate the effects of wrinkles. PRP may also be used to aid in the recovery period.

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After Surgery / Recovery

As with all types of surgical procedures, caring for the areas where incisions were made is the highest priority. Follow your surgeon’s instruction for the proper care of affected areas.

Bandages are removed 24 hours after the surgery. You will need to sleep with 2 to 3 pillows to keep your head raised to avoid swelling or bruising too much. Arnica and Hirudoid cream can help reduce bruising and swelling. Ice packs can also be used to bring swelling down.

Bruising on the forehead and eyes may occur and will disappear within a period of 7 to 10 day. There have been cases of these bruises lasting 6 to 8 weeks. Consult your doctor for advice on this matter.

Sutures are removed after the 10th or 14th day. This can be done in any of our available rooms.

Procedure Planner

Initial Meeting

45 – 60 minutes


30 – 45 minutes

Procedure Time

2 hours

Recovery Time

6 weeks (with 2 weeks strict home rest)

Post-op Follow Up

1 week

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