I’m confused about the difference between the facelift and the midface lift. I would guess that the midface lift treats the midface and cheeks, but does this mean that a facelift doesn’t treat these areas?
Different surgeons will use these terms differently. We use the term facelift to describe a procedure that is targeted to improve the jawline and neck most significantly. However, during this procedure we will often release the cheek as well and there may be some improvement in this area. So to answer your question, a facelift can improve the cheek to some degree. In contrast, a midface lift is targeted at improving the cheek area as you mention. However, to a lesser degree, some lifts may also improve the jawline. So really, each procedure has its strengths, but may improve the adjacent areas to a lesser degree.
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