Will a vertical mid-face lift make me look unnatural?

Is it really that bad? Doctors seem to agree that pulling the face tissue upwards (not diagonally) is a bad idea.


M, 58, Virginia

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I actually ended up going with a mid-face lift instead of a traditional facelift because my surgeon said it would look more natural. The sort of tightly pulled back look that occurs in some types of plastic surgery is actually more common in full facelift surgery because it involves so much repositioning. Despite the name, a vertical facelift isn't really pulling the face upwards. Instead, my mid-face lift was mostly just recontouring the existing muscles in my cheek area, and adding some fillers to create higher cheeks. I think that the end result was pretty natural. I just look like younger pictures of myself instead of looking like a new person. However, like any other type of plastic surgery, there's always a risk of bad results if you pick a bad doctor. I'd suggest you spend a lot of time researching plastic surgeons in your area to find an experienced one.

I'm 46 but I look a lot older than I should. I have sagging excess skin and wrinkles, so a facelift seemed like a great idea. I read a lot about facelifts, mainly vertical facelifts, and heard a lot of scary things. Most of the negative comments hinged on the fact that I would be left looking pulled. While I wanted to change my looks, I wanted a natural appearance not to look like I had a lot of work done.

I spoke with a lot of plastic surgeons and many actually don't perform vertical facelifts anymore. I was told that the technique is not as effective as other facelift techniques. Also, my surgeon said that my face would look as if it was pulled with the vertical technique, like I had read online. I decided to have mid-face lift and a necklift. Now, there are surgeons who perform this procedure. I would suggest that you thoroughly research the surgeon who will perform it to ensure that you get the best-looking results.

Honestly, I have not had a vertical mid-face lift myself, but that sounds about right. Are you asking out of curiosity? Besides height, not much of the human body flows in a directly up and down, vertical direction. Everything kind of arcs from the sides at varying angles and it makes sense to me that everything would be pulled up and out along diagonal angles to accommodate the anatomy of the eyes and mouths. Pulling everything straight up actually sounds rather painful, like it would interfere with our ability to close your lower eyelid naturally and give you dry eyes! Or worse, require some straining to keep our top lip touching our bottom lip. Every procedure does serve a purpose and I imagine this one has some rare cases where it would be the best option available. That said, it doesn't seem like it's ideal for addressing the more common issues of aging that most prospective facelift patients are looking for.

I just had a mini facelift the other day and I am on day 3 of healing. It's not that bad. I thought the pain and swelling would be horrible but I'm feeling good enough to go out for some fresh air and even pop over to store briefly. The small incisions were actually way small than I was expecting and any fears of scarring were quickly quashed. Medical technology has come a long way in recent years and the ability to make incisions so fine that they leave no scars amaze me. When minor issues can be addressed very subtlety and non-invasively like this, it really makes a procedure accessible. Good luck.

I got a vertical midface lift and I like my results very much. I had a lot of saggy loose skin on my face so I met with a plastic surgeon. My doctor had a lot of experience with vertical incisions as opposed to horizontal ones. He explained to me that vertical incisions are easier to conceal behind my hairline. Since my doctor had so much experience with this type of incision he showed me some before and after pictures of his former patients and that put my mind at ease. I got exactly what I paid for and I now think of my life in terms of before and after my midface lift.

My surgery easily took ten years off of my face, I got a promotion at work because of my confidence boost, and well my partner can’t keep his hands off of me. It is easy to look very porcelain and fake but (having gone to an experienced facelift surgeon) I really love my results. I didn't realize the difference between horizontal lifts and vertical lifts until my colleague got a face lift after I did. She looked, for lack of a better word, "spooky." She looked so perplexed with an inquisitive look on her face, and I struggle to take her seriously. I don't think that she had a quality facelift surgeon do her procedure because her hairline was pushed back and her eye brows almost looked like they were in the middle of her forehead.

There are three different types of facelift procedures: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal incisions. These types of facelifts are in order from most to least noticeable. They are also in order from the oldest to most innovative facelift techniques, as well as longest to shortest recovery time. For vertical incisions, you have to really examine who your surgeon is. My surgeon went above and beyond asked me to send her pictures of me in my twenties so that she knew which way to pull my skin for the most natural results. Vertical midface lifts are procedures that can appear very windswept if your surgeon is not careful. For vertical midface lifts, it is important to do your research on the plastic surgeon performing your facelift because doctors often pull the skin back too tightly and the results are not long lasting