If I stand in front of the mirror and push the skin on my cheekbones, back, it improves the look of my cheeks and what must be my jowls. This seems to be the oldest looking part of my face and I would like a mid-face lift to repair it. Would this surgery prevent me from getting a facelift later on if I need it? I am 48 years old.
Your question has many different parts and a great deal of information. The area that you are pushing back to make you appear younger is your mid face area. The mid face is the area of your face that mostly involves your cheeks. As we age our cheeks begin to descend and this thins out our faces and makes us look older. Elevating the mid face can help refresh your appearance. I am also a big fan of facial fillers and fat injections for cheek augmentation. In more extreme cases, mid face implants can also be helpful. The idea of each of these approaches is to give your mid face a look of fullness and definition. Elevating your mid face will not address the issues that you have with jowling and a face lift would be necessary to adequately correct for aging in this area. At 48 years old, you may be a good candidate for a mini face lift to help with your jowls.
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