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Mid Facelift Surgery

The natural process of aging, the effects of gravity, sun damage, and loss of collagen typically cause the mid-face area to sag and lose volume. This in turn leads to the appearance of wrinkles, jowls, and deep creases around the nose and mouth that make you look older and tired. A mid-facelift lifts and tightens underlying facial tissues to reduce wrinkles and restore a youthful contour to your cheeks.

Houston-based facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaowen Wu offers mid-facelift procedures to both male and female patients in the city and other parts of the country. As a board-certified practitioner with years of experience in facial techniques, Dr. Wu has earned a reputation for delivering exceptional results that exceed patient expectations. She understands that every patient is unique and takes an individualized approach to tailor each procedure to achieve your precise aesthetic goals.

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Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Upper Blepharoplasty

Age: 40-45

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Deep Plane Facelift, Deep Neck Lift, Upper Blepharoplasty

Age: 50-55

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Age: 65-70

Who is a Candidate for Mid-face Lift Surgery?

A mid-facelift, sometimes also referred to as a cheek lift, is a surgical procedure that is designed to address signs of aging in the middle area of the face. This area typically includes the cheeks, lower eyelids, and nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth). You might be an ideal candidate for this treatment if you:

  • Have moderate to severe signs of aging in the mid-face (e.g. sagging cheeks, deepening nasolabial folds, or loss of volume in the cheek area).
  • Are in good overall health with no major medical conditions that might complicate the surgery or recovery.
  • Have realistic expectations about the outcome of this procedure.
  • Do not smoke or are willing to quit at least before and after the surgery.
  • Have good skin elasticity.
  • Are emotionally prepared for this treatment and the ensuing recovery process.


You’ve been searching for a plastic surgeon who will take the time to listen and understand your facial rejuvenation goals because preserving your unique beauty is not something to be taken lightly. When you meet Dr. Chaowen Wu and the Revel You team, you will experience how liberating it is to take time and openly express yourself with ease in a safe, judgement-free, and supportive environment. Your consultation is reserved for one hour with the majority of that time spent discussing your facelift goals with Dr. Wu. You’ll never feel pressured or rushed as we understand that choosing the right plastic surgeon is the most important first step. When you meet us, you’ll quickly understand why clients trust Dr. Wu with their most beloved facial features and why clients continue to choose Dr. Wu as their life long plastic surgeon.

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“Wow! 5 stars are not enough..I am so happy I chose Dr Wu for my procedures ...which were fat facial transfer and brow lift . She is honestly the best and has restored that confidence for me 🤩Not to mention down to earth , extremely professional , she understood and addressed my concerns! I will always go to her for any and every future procedures 😊🙏🏼🤩”

“Dr.Wu is nothing beyond simply amazing! The quality of work done by this doctor is priceless. She is an artist, she knows exactly what you need to get done to make you look fabulous, she has changed my life. Additionally her staff is amazing, and is dedicated to making sure you have a wonderful experience. I truly would recommend anyone to Dr.Wu, you'll definitely get everything you want plus more!”

“Amazing doctor! Dr. Wu actually was honest enough to suggest an alternative procedure which cost 1/3 the price of procedure i went to the consultation for. I had surgery yesterday and haven't even needed a Tylenol. I have zero bruising and swelling is minimal. I can not recommend her enough. Please do yourself a favor and book a consultation with Dr. Wu before you book with anyone.”

Benefits of a Mid-Face Lift

A mid-face lift offers many unique advantages compared to regular facelifts:

  • Restore Cheek Volume – this type of facelift lifts sagging cheeks and restores youthful fullness to the mid-face area.
  • Reduce Wrinkles and Folds – this treatment smooths out wrinkles and folds in the mid-face (e.g. nasolabial folds and marionette lines).
  • Improve Facial Contour – a mid-facelift creates a more defined and youthful facial contour.
  • Long-Lasting Results – results of a mid-facelift may last for several years, although the aging process will continue.

What is the Best Age for a Mid-Face Lift?

There is no strict age limit for mid-facelifts. But these procedures are generally more suitable for individuals in their 40s to 60s. This is the time when the signs of aging in the mid-face area typically become more pronounced. However, younger individuals with genetic predispositions to sagging or volume loss may also be candidates. During your consultation visit to Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Wu will help you determine whether you qualify for a mid-facelift.

Mid-Face Lift Procedure

Houston facial plastic surgeon Dr. Chaowen Wu typically performs mid-face lift plastic surgery under local anesthesia with IV sedation. The procedure may also be performed under general anesthesia. Incisions are created within the hairline or natural folds of the skin. Dr. Wu will then use these incisions to access underlying tissues (including muscles and fat pads) and reposition to a more youthful position. Excess skin is also removed to create a smoother appearance before incision are closed with sutures. Dr. Wu’s mid-face lift surgeries are performed at an accredited surgical facility and take about 2-3 hours to complete. You will be put in a recovery room where your vitals will be monitored before you are allowed to go home to continue with recovery.

Where Will the Incisions / Scars Be?

The location of incisions for a mid-facelift depends on the specific technique used by your surgeon and your individual needs. Dr. Wu always aims to position these in discrete areas to minimize scarring:

  • Temple/Hairline – a small incision may be made within the hairline at the temple area. This allows the surgeon to access the upper part of the mid-face and lift the tissues.
  • Lower Eyelid – another common incision location is just below the lower lash line. This allows the surgeon to address both the mid-face and lower eyelid concerns simultaneously.
  • Inside the Mouth – in some cases, Dr. Wu may create an incision inside the upper lip (in the natural crease where the gum meets the lip). This approach may be particularly effective to address nasolabial folds and lift the corners of the mouth.
  • Combination—plastic surgeons sometimes combine these incisions to achieve comprehensive results. For instance, they might use a temple incision to lift the upper cheek and a lower eyelid incision to address the lower cheek and nasolabial folds.

Recovery After a Mid-face Lift

The recovery period for a mid-facelift varies depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Patients can expect to have some swelling and bruising in the days following the procedure. Dr. Wu will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort, along with antibiotics to prevent an infection. Most people are able to resume normal activities within 2 weeks. You will need to wait much longer before you may resume strenuous activities. The final results of your mid-face lift may take several months to fully appear as swelling subsides and the tissues heal.

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Meet Dr. Wu


Dr. Wu takes the time to perform thorough consultations with her “beauties,” creating a relaxed and judgment-free environment where you can discuss all your cosmetic goals and concerns. Dr. Wu listens attentively to your unique needs and desires, curating the ideal treatment plans that will help you achieve your desired results. As a raw beauty advocate, she’s committed to providing natural results that reflect your true beauty.

What Dr. Wu’s education and experience means for you:


1-Year Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship: Feel confident with your results from a dedicated aesthetic plastic surgeon who is Aesthetic Fellowship-trained. This exclusive 1-year fellowship is only available to a small number of select plastic surgeons.

Peace of Mind

6-Year Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency: Have peace of mind that your surgeon has completed the most rigorous plastic surgery training available through an Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency with 6 years dedicated solely to plastic surgery.


Dual MD + PhD Degrees: With the highest degrees awarded for expertise in plastic surgery + science, you can trust that your surgeon will continuously update and apply the most effective techniques to meet your needs.

Balanced Foundation

A Decade of Plastic Surgery Experience: Dr. Wu’s extensive experience in plastic and reconstructive surgery of the face allows her to deliver outstanding results in facial aesthetic surgery.

Mid-Facelift vs. Full Facelift

A mid-facelifts and full facelift are both treatments to fight facial aging. However, these treatments differ in their scope and target area. A mid-face lift focuses on the central face to address sagging cheeks, nasolabial folds, and lower eyelids. This technique uses smaller incisions and shorter recovery times, which makes it ideal for individuals with moderate aging primarily in the mid-face. A full facelifts, on the other hand, delivers a comprehensive rejuvenation for the entire face. Target areas include the forehead, brows, jawline, and neck. Plastic surgeons use more extensive incisions with this type of facelift, which leads to a longer recovery period. A full or standard facelift is suitable for individuals with widespread, significant signs of aging.

What are Side Effects of Mid-face Lift Surgery?

A mid-facelift surgery carries some potential side effects and risks – just like any other surgical procedure. Some typical side effects include swelling and bruising, temporary numbness, discomfort or pain, tightness, and scarring. Less common side effects and risks include infection, bleeding or hematoma, nerve injury, asymmetry, unfavorable scarring, hair loss, and anesthesia complications. Dr. Wu utilizes advanced surgical techniques to minimize the risk of complications during your facial plastic surgery.

How Much Does a Mid-face Lift Cost?

The cost of a mid-facelift can vary significantly depending on several factors such as the surgeon’s experience and reputation, geographic location, facility fees, anesthesia fees, and whether additional procedures are needed. Most patients can expect to pay anywhere from $6,000 and $17,000 for this treatment. Dr. Wu’s team will provide an individualized cost estimate during your consultation visit to Revel You Facial Plastic Surgery.

How Long do the Effects of a Mid-face lift Last For?

The results of a mid-facelift typically last for about 10 years. This may however vary based on various factors such as age at the time of surgery, skin quality, lifestyle factors, and surgeon’s techniques, and individual’s healing rate. Dr. Wu recommends that you make healthy lifestyle choices and adopt personalized skincare routines to get the most out of your mid-face lift plastic surgery.

Schedule Your Consultation with Dr. Chaowen Wu

Dr. Chaowen Wu is a leading facial plastic surgeon with years of experience working with patients from Houston, TX, and many other parts of the country. She is known for her compassionate approach and commitment to results and patient safety. If you’d like to learn about the mid-facelift and its suitability for you, contact Dr. Wu to schedule a consultation today.

Dr. Wu's Facial Procedures

Dr. Chaowen Wu specializes in multiple other facial plastic surgery procedures to suit the needs of different patients:

Full Facelift

Because your face represents you to the world, a facelift may be the most intimate procedure you have ever considered. The goal of facelift surgery is to tighten the facial skin by removing excessive skin from the face due to age, hereditary factors, or weight loss. Learn how Dr. Wu can preserve all of your defining features with a gentle facelift.

Deep Plane Facelift

A deep plane facelift technique addresses advanced signs of aging in the mid and lower face. This involves lifting and repositioning the underlying muscles and tissues (the SMAS layer) to improve sagging jowls, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds. Because it lifts the deeper tissues, a deep plane facelift provides longer-lasting results.

Mini Facelift

If you are bothered by signs of aging in your lower face including jowls, marionette lines, and general loss of definition in your jawline, the mini facelift can provide the solution to these problem areas. The incisions are kept in natural creases to keep them concealed. This procedure is one of the least invasive types of facelift.

Neck Lift

A neck lift is the most powerful way to treat advanced neck aging, including horizontal wrinkles, vertical neck bands, loose neck muscle, and loose skin that form the dreaded “turkey wattle.” It is often combined with a facelift procedure to achieve harmonious rejuvenation – as it uses the same incision around the ears.

Facial Fat Transfer

Facial volume is lost over time and may be restored to your youthful self using your own fat. Facial fat transfer heals without scars and provides a natural, soft, and lasting alternative to fillers. This is a great way to rejuvenate the eyes, cheeks, and even lips with minimal down time using your own excess body fat.

Eyelid Lift

Aging of the eyelids often appears as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery is an excellent procedure choice to remove excess skin and reposition the fat in this area in order to reawaken tired eyes and achieve a lively facial aesthetic.

Brow lift

Your eyebrows frame your eyes and with age may start drooping. This can lead to the appearance of looking sad, tired, or angry. A brow lift restores the eyebrows to a youthful position which can help you look rested and relaxed.

Mid Facelift

The midface lift technique targets the middle area of the face to rejuvenate the cheeks and under-eye area. It helps address sagging cheeks, deep nasolabial folds, and loss of volume to restore a more youthful mid-face contour.

Vertical Facelift

Dr. Wu offers the vertical facelift to lift the underlying facial tissues in a vertical direction (as opposed to the horizontal pull of a traditional facelift). This improves sagging cheeks, jowls, and neck laxity for a natural facial contour.

Ponytail Facelift

A ponytail facelift is a minimally invasive technique. Dr. Chaowen Wu lifts facial tissues using sutures to create a subtle lifting effect similar to that of a high ponytail. This specifically improves sagging in the mid-face and lower face.

Short Scar Facelift

The short scar facelift, sometimes also called a mini facelift, is a less invasive technique that uses shorter incisions than standard facelifts. It improves jawline definition, reduces jowls, and tightens loose skin for a revamped facial look.


Aging of the eyelids can appear as eyelid hooding, hollowing, dark circles and puffiness under the eyes, and just general tired appearance. Eyelid surgery can remove excess skin and reposition the fat to reawaken tired eyes.


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What is the mid-face lift surgery?

The mid-face is the region of the face covering the area under the eyes, the cheeks and the top of the mouth. Signs of ageing typically occur in this area due to the loss of facial fat. We have pockets of fat that run horizontally across our face that deflate as we age, leading to the appearance of vertical folds. Mid-face surgery aims to improve sagging cheeks as well as the lines running from the nose to the mouth to restore a youthful appearance.

What areas does a mid facelift target?

A mid-facelift primarily targets the central region of the face. It alleviates signs of aging that appear in this area. Specific target areas might include:

  1. Cheeks – this is the main focus of a mid-facelift. The procedure lifts sagging cheeks and restores volume to the area.
  2. Nasolabial Folds – these are creases that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth (smile lines). A mid-facelift may reduce the depth of these folds to create a smoother and more youthful appearance.
  3. Lower Eyelids – while not the primary focus, a mid-facelift may often improve the appearance of the lower eyelids by lifting the cheeks and reducing bulging or sagging in this area.
  4. Corners of the Mouth – this type of facelift helps to lift the corners of the mouth, which sometimes droop with age to create a sad or tired expression.
  5. Cheekbones – a mid-face lift may sometimes be used to enhance the cheekbone definition and create a more sculpted and youthful facial contour.

How do I prepare for a mid facelift?

The first step is to schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Chaowen Wu. She will listen to your concerns and advice accordingly. You will need to undergo a medical evaluation, adjust medications appropriately, and quit smoking. It’s important to arrange for help during recovery and stock up with necessary supplies. The surgeon may also provide additional instructions with regards to diet and getting ready for the surgery that you need to strictly follow.


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