Research Article| Volume 60, ISSUE 12, P1277-1286, December 2007

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The vertical midface lift. An improved procedure


      We describe a novel procedure for an anatomically-based face lift to correct vertical vectors in the ageing face. It has the advantage of surgical simplicity, minimal tissue removal and minimal risk. It provides an effective readjustment of cheek volume and correction of periorbital hollowness. Natural facial expression is preserved largely because there is no change in the position of the lateral canthus.
      The cheek is mobilised subperiosteally through a blepharoplasty incision. A second dissection is made via a short temporal incision, to join the infraorbital dissection. A Hagedorn needle is then inserted through a point inferior to the lateral canthus and in line horizontally with the nasal ala. It is passed to the orbital incision, charged with a loop of suture material, and pulled down again to the cheek incision, from where it is pushed back to the orbit to suspend the cheek. The upper border of orbicularis oculi is fixed firmly to the temporalis aponeurosis at the level of the temporal incision. We now frequently use an Endotine Midface device for fixation. Of the first 150 patients, results were excellent or good in 145.
      This represents a revival of the subperiosteal mask lift, and abandons the use of endoscopic techniques. In spite of its simplicity, the operation involves subperiosteal dissection as well as delicate eyelid surgery that necessitate plastic surgical skill.


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