As we age, the normal cheek position drops under the effect of gravity. This lowers the lower eyelid cheek junction making it more triangular then round. By dropping, the cheek fat creates rings and folds around the eyes, in the cheek and even around the mouth. Sometimes, the bony contour of the orbit can increase the appearance of the teartroft because these structures are no longer covered with fat as they would be in a child.
The cheek lift’s goal is to reverse these changes and to provide a youthful and uniform curve under the eyes and cheeks.
This treatment can, most often, be performed through the same incision used in a lower eyelid blepharoplasty.
This operation is performed under local or general anesthetic. A calming medication can be administered, as needed before or during the surgery. The surgery usually takes about an hour and a half.