Can A Cheek Lift Be Done At The Same Time As A Lower Eyelid Lift?

Q: Dr. Eppley, A friend of mine just had her upper and lower eyelids done. She said that on her lower eyelid, besides removing fat and pinching some skin out, that she also had her cheek muscles repositioned. Is it true that cheek muscle can be lifted with a lower eyelid procedure? If so, what is the cosmetic benefit for doing so?

A: What you are referring to is known as lifting the sagging cheek at the same time as a lower blepharoplasty. Some call this a midface lift or malar resuspension. It is not a true muscle lifting procedure but rather that of sagging cheek fat and skin. As the midface ages, the cheek tissues will slide off the cheek bone particularly if the cheek bone is naturally flat or not that prominent. This creates malar pads that can be seen as an additional fold of tissue below the lower eyelids. This sagging cheek tissue can be lifted through a standard open lower eyelid incision for a full lower blepharoplasty. This is convenient since both the lower eyelid and cheek issue can be addressed through the same incision. The operation you describing that your friend had was a more limited blepharoplasty known as a pinch lower blepharoplasty. Through this limited approach it would not be possible to do a true midface lift or malar resuspension.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana