With aging, fat pads within the cheek can slip from their natural position over the cheekbones, and the tissue of the cheek can begin to sag. This loss of cheek volume can cause a hollow appearance under the eyes or a tear trough around the lower lid. By lifting the mid-face tissue, Denver facial plastic surgeon Dr. Michael McCracken can fill in the hollowness and restore a youthful contour.

About Mid-facelift surgery (cheek lift)

During a mid-facelift, Dr. McCracken will make small incisions, which may be hidden in the corner of the eye (“crow’s feet”), the inside of the lower eyelid, and the upper eyelid crease. Through these incisions, Dr. McCracken will lift the fat pads to a more natural position.

About the Procedure

A cheek lift procedures takes about an hour and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting. Postoperative discomfort is minimal, and most patients can return to normal activities within a week. Stitches are dissolvable and do not need to be removed. Most patients can resume wearing makeup and contacts within one week following their surgery. A mid-facelift may be combined with upper eyelift and lower eyelid surgery, as well as laser resurfacing to tighten the skin.

Mid-Facelift Surgery Recovery

Prior to your mid-facelift surgery, Dr. McCracken will provide you with detailed instructions about what to do following your mid-facelift surgery. These instructions will include how to care for your incision sites, how to avoid potential infection, and what medications can be taken to help manage post-operative discomfort.

A mid-facelift can help…

A mid-facelift procedure can correct the appearance of sagging, hollowed cheeks to restore a youthful, refreshed appearance to your face. A mid-facelift can also help:


  • Restore the cheeks to a more youthful fullness
  • Minimize hollowness or “tear trough” under the lower eyelids
  • Soften folds between the nose and corners of the mouth
  • Improve the appearance of cheek “festoons”

How can I learn more about mid-facelift surgery?

Dr. McCracken will meet with you to assess your individual situation and discuss mid-facelift surgery in Colorado. Request an appointment online or call the McCracken Eye and Face Institute today at 720-851-6600 to schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Michael McCracken in his Parker, Colorado or Boulder, Colorado location.