The cheek lift procedure is an invasive technique that should always start with local or general anesthesia. Our facial plastic surgeon in Los Angeles wants to ensure that all of our patients are completely comfortable throughout their treatment, especially when it involves working with tissue on their face. A single incision inside the mouth is created as the main access point for the lifting tool to penetrate the skin. The drooping tissue is then located and repositioned on top of the cheek bone before being secured into place with sutures. At this point in the cheek lift surgery, the incision is closed and the same process is repeated on the opposite side.
A step that is only necessary for some patients is the skin rejuvenation that provides the results of a mid-facelift. The incision is usually created near the temple where the hairline is located so that the skin can be tightened and trimmed as much as needed with minimal visible scarring. It creates a very natural looking result that also contributes to emphasizing the cheek contour. If the patient wants to increase the size of their cheek area, facial fillers or a soft implant can be placed during the procedure, as well. Additional details of the treatment will be provided during the initial consultation with your surgeon.