If you feel that your mid facial area is drooping or your cheek area or under-eye region (eye hallows) needs a lift,  you look tired all the time and feel older, then the mid facelift or cheek lift might be the procedure for you.

Mid-facial rejuvenation with a mid face lift or cheek lift will remove some of this excess tissue, lift cheeks and tighten the underlying muscles in the face.

If this is happening to you, at Kensington Medical our expert facial plastic surgeons can help you with a mid-facelift or cheek lift.

It can soften smile lines (nasolabial folds) or lift the corners of the mouth (sad mouth look) and can also help with jowls.

A mid-facelift is similar to a SMAS facelift. It focuses on the underlying muscles that cause the sagging skin and facial features such as drooping or lack of cheek.

The mid-facelift also focuses on the moving of the fat pad of the cheeks. It is less invasive than a traditional facelift. Many women and men seek this procedure because they do not see the benefits of continuing with dermal fillers or thread lift treatment. 

There are many different terms used for describing the various parts of a face. "Midface" describes that area from the eyes to the upper lip, and the lower face is everything from the corners of your mouth down.

Mid-facelifts, or cheek lifts, enable you to maintain a refreshed appearance without extensive downtime. The procedure usually takes less than two hours to perform. You can be back to work in about one week.

At Kensington Medical recovery is quick, with minimal discomfort or swelling after the surgery, which will subside in about two weeks. Your facial plastic surgeon will discuss this with you during your consultation so that you are fully prepared and understand the exciting journey you are on.

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What can a mid-facelift or cheek lift achieve? 

The mid-facelift procedure restores structure to this area. This step also gives the eyes a more youthful appearance.

A mid-facelift also can reduce nasolabial folds. Nasolabial folds are the deep creases that run from the corner of the nose to the corner of your mouth. A mid facelift is not as effective as a complete or full facelift which can rejuvenate the whole facial area. A mid-facelift will lift sagging skin on cheekbones and around the eyes with minimal incisions. It can help lift sagging jowls depending on the sag.

This approach can also help reduce crow's feet around the eyes, and fine lines on the lower eyelids. Our specialist plastic surgeons will discuss this in consultation and advise on the best options for your structure and skin laxity. 

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Mid-Facelift - Key Information

Procedure time

1.5h to 2h


Sedation or general anaesthesia

Hospital stay

Day care

Up & mobile

Same day

Sleeping position

On your back for around 2 weeks


1 week to 10 days

Sexual activity

Restricted for 4 weeks

Back to work

1 week to 10 days


4 weeks

What are the benefits of a mid-facelift to lift cheeks?

1.Many people are afraid of going under general anaesthetic because they worry about the risks. But a mid-facelift is a popular procedure that does not require a general anaesthetic.

2. Scarring is minimal. The small incision is the hairline.

3.Mild bruising and swelling can be minimal.

4.Healing time is minimal.

5.Downtimne is minimal, you should be back to work in a week.

Some patients opt to combine the procedure with other surgeries for even better results. We often complete a mid facelift with an eyelid lift (upper blepharoplasty) or lower eye bag removal (lower blepharoplasty) (see Upper and Lower Eye Lift) and in some cases where the patient has lost a lot of volume in the mid face, a fat transfer can be discussed (see Fat Grafting). Our facial cosmetic surgeons can discuss other additional options if you wish.

What is the best age for a mid facelift?

For many people, a midface lift is the best option for getting rid of wrinkles and lost cheek structure. Midface lift surgery is the procedure of choice for patients in their 40s and 50s through to early 60s. It can sometimes be combined with other types of procedures and will depend on how lax your skin is. It is best to get in touch with us to discuss the areas of the face you want to target.

Your Journey with Kensington Medical

We offer specialist facial rejuvenation treatments in the heart of London. Our team of expert plastic surgeons is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive and personalised experience. With our expertise in facial cosmetic surgery, we can help you fight back the years and delicately recover your facial freshness and youthful appearance.

Your journey begins with a dialogue between you and your surgeon: the pre-operative consultation, which is central to the operation's success. At Kensington Medical, patients interested in surgery undergo several consultations with the surgeon. We are keen for our patients to be fully informed before deciding whether to proceed with surgery. So, we encourage them to see the surgeon more than once and ask as many questions as they wish. Typically, our patients go through two pre-operative consultations.

The first consultation tends to be face-to-face. During it, the surgeon will:

  • Listen to your concerns and understand what you would like to achieve;
  • Examine you;
  • Show you examples of their work in the form of before-and-after photographs;
  • Suggest a treatment plan.

Following the first consultation, we will:

  • Write to you summarising the surgeon’s recommendations;
  • Quote for the treatment plan suggested by the surgeon;
  • Send you extensive information about the procedure, the risks involved and the precautions you should take pre- and post-operatively.

A second consultation is often necessary for the following reasons:

  • After the first pre-operative consultation, and once you have been through the information sent to you, it is likely that you will have more questions for the surgeon.
  • The surgeon often finds it necessary to speak to patients again to ensure they have fully understood the risks of surgery and they know exactly what to expect from surgery.
  • It is common that several treatment options are discussed at the first consultation, and another meeting is necessary to decide which is the most appropriate.

The second consultation can also be face-to-face. Alternatively, it can be via a video call.

Following your consultations, our medical team is always available should you have further questions before your surgery.

Once you have decided to go ahead with surgery, we will book your operation in one of our specialist cosmetic surgery hospitals.

Before your operation, you will be sent a health questionnaire. This will be reviewed by your anaesthetist, who may call you to discuss specific aspects of your medical history. In certain cases, you may be required to attend the clinic for blood tests. This will be discussed with you by one of our medical team members before your scheduled appointment date.

We will also issue you with preoperative instructions. In particular:

  • You should discontinue smoking for several weeks before your facelift, as smoking can increase the risk of complications during the healing process.
  • You should refrain from taking blood-thinning drugs (such as aspirin) for ten days before your procedure.
  • You should not eat six hours before surgery; you should not drink two hours before surgery.

You will arrive at least one hour before the time of your procedure. The nursing staff at the hospital will monitor your blood pressure and other relevant essentials. You will then meet your anaesthetist and surgeon for a final markup.

The actual operation involves carefully sculpting and repositioning underlying tissue and fat within the face to create a more youthful contour around the eyes, chin, neckline, and jawline area. The result is smoother skin texture while preserving natural facial expressions throughout different movements. The incisions are then closed using sutures. This will leave small scars hidden along areas such as the hairline or scalp, which can fade over time depending on how well they are cared for.

We typically perform this procedure under general anaesthesia. It lasts 2.5h to 3.5h.

Aftercare following a facelift is essential to ensure we achieve optimal results.

Following your surgery, you will be transferred to the hospital’s recovery room, where the nursing staff will ensure that your recovery is smooth. You should stay there for two to four hours, depending on the surgery. Once the nursing team are happy that you are in a fit state to go home, you will leave the hospital accompanied by a friend or a family member. You should also arrange for someone to stay with you overnight for the first night following your operation. Generally, post-operative pain is minimal, but you will be given pain killers in case you need them.

Once you have been discharged from the hospital, our nursing team will be available 24/7 to ensure your post-operative journey is comfortable and pain-free and to field any questions you may have.

Your surgeon will see you a number of times in the weeks following your operation to monitor the facial skin and scars and to support you:

  • The next day, the surgeon will remove the drains and check the wounds and dressings.
  • One week post-operatively, there will be another consultation and depending on your healing progress, the surgeon may decide to remove sutures then.
  • You will see the surgeon again two weeks post-operatively, at which stage all remaining sutures will be removed and your progress monitored.
  • The last post-operative consultation is at six weeks. Generally, you will be discharged from the surgeon's care at that stage.

Bruising and swelling can last up to one month following this surgery.

Our medical team will provide detailed aftercare instructions based on your current health status and treatment received, including when it is appropriate for you to resume normal activities such as exercise, wearing makeup, and strenuous movements. It is essential to follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications or risks associated with the procedure.

Protecting your face from sun exposure is especially important, as it can cause scarring, discolouration, and other unwanted side effects. Wear sunscreen when outdoors and use hats or umbrellas if possible. It would be best to avoid strenuous activities involving facial movements, such as exercise and sports, until cleared by our medical team at Kensington Medical.

By following the instructions of our medical team and taking precautions to protect your face, you can ensure that you achieve the best results from facelift surgery. Following a healthy lifestyle with sufficient rest, nutrition, and hydration is essential for healing and maintaining long-term effects. It is strongly recommended to avoid smoking and alcohol consumption before and during the recovery period.

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What other procedures can complement mid facelift?

Often, patients decide to have more than one surgery at a time to reduce the number of procedures and downtime. Other complementary procedures for a midface lift or cheek lift include partial facelift for the upper or lower regions of the face, and an eyelid surgery to the lower eyelid or eyebag removal or upper eyelid removal  (see Upper and Lower Eye Lift).

If you feel that your neck is sagging a neck lift can be combined with a midface lift procedure. 

Some patients opt for a lower facelift and cheek augmentation or fat transfer (see Fat Grafting). We recommend that you discuss the options with our surgeon during your consultation.

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Frequently asked questions

As with all medical procedures, there is some risk. However, a mid facelift is a common procured and provided you have an expert plastic surgeon who carries out this procedure often you should have relatively little down time. Risks that can occur include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Soreness
  • Tightness
  • Anaesthesia problems
  • Infection
  • Scarring however this is in the hairline

Your surgeon will discuss these during your pre-op appointment.

A mid-facelift or cheek lift has fewer risks and a shorter recovery time than a full facelift surgery. Immediately following the procedure, you will experience some pain, swelling and some bruising that can last a week or two. 

You might have bandages on your face for the first day or two. When these come off, you may notice some tenderness. This will fade after two to three weeks. You can return to normal activities in seven to ten days following the procedure, depending on your recovery. We advise that you keep exercise to a minimum, such as walking, to reduce facial movements while you heal.

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Scarring is minimal with a mid-facelift. The incision is in the hairline and will be naturally hidden by your hair.

You will start to see results after the swelling and bruising subside, which is about two weeks after the procedure. However, the best time is about 12 weeks following surgery. As with all surgery, they are not permanent because you will continue to age. The results are long lasting and will change as you grow older but from a younger looking base.

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At Kensington Medical a mid facelift or cheek facelift cost in London starts from £7,650.

We always advise our patients to book a face to face initial consultation with our expert plastic surgeons to discuss the best facelift options for your face.

In some instances patients are also concerned about jowls and this can be covered in the consultation. In addition, at your cheek lift appointment, your plastic surgeon will cover recovery time and give you a good estimation so you know when you are going to be looking refreshed and ready for any special event or holiday you might be planning. A mid facelift or cheek lift is a highly successful procedure and the downtime is not as long as you may think.

Give us a call or contact us using the form and we will help with any information you may have. 

In your face-to-face consultation, the surgeon will discuss how to prepare for the procedure. A number of areas will be covered such as smoking, alcohol intake and your general lifestyle so that you are at your best for surgery. They will ask about at home support and a close friend or family member to take you home following the surgery.

Additionally, your medical team will discuss any medications or supplements you need to stop a week or two before the procedure, depending on the type of sedation. You will receive the information during your pre-op meeting with the nurse and surgeon. We will also schedule your follow-up appointment at this time so you will be feeling confident in your exciting journey.

During your consultation, your surgeon will share before and after images of previous surgeries that they have performed so that you can see the types of results you should expect.

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The next step to a refreshed you

At Kensington Medical our expertise and focus on the face ensures you will have every aspect of your journey looked after. Our consultation process starts with an in-depth consultation where our facial surgeons can share their expertise about what you need and the best options to achieve it. Your surgeon will go over everything from skin texture and tone considerations to suggestions on how best to manage ageing issues like wrinkles around the eyes.

At this session, we also look at pictures of when you were younger. These serve as models during surgery discussions because visual aids help narrow down choices much more effectively than just listing different options and showing images of previous patients.

In your consultation, you will have your personalised plan created. You can expect an in-depth discussion about what surgical procedure is best depending on your skin and muscle laxity. This step includes viewing before and after photos. Our surgeon will have all the relevant information to develop a personalised plan so that you are feeling confident and excited about your new found changes.

To findout more about a mid face lift book a consultation at our Harley street, London or Wimbledon clinic. Simply fill in the contact us form or call us.

We would be delighted to help you decide on the best options for you.

Medically reviewed by Mr David Gateley MA, FRCS, FRCS (Plast), GMC number 2939470 on 9 July, 2024.