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A full facelift in Bloomington, Illinois, is designed to address problems with skin aging and the loss of elasticity in multiple areas of the face. For some people, this degree of cosmetic surgery is more than they need. If you are only interested in adjusting sagging skin around your cheeks and related areas of the face, your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Otis Allen, might recommend a cheek lift.

This is essentially an upper facelift. It is less invasive than a traditional facelift and thus calls for a less extensive incision strategy. This reduces the appearance of visible scarring while also tightening the skin on the upper face.

Some people receiving a cheek lift are also interested in having cheek implants placed in the area to give them more prominent facial features.

At your initial consultation, be sure to tell your Institute for Plastic Surgery surgeon about any medications or medical conditions that might increase your bleeding risk. If possible, you should try to take a week off from work to allow your body to recover. While you’re healing, you should also make every effort to avoid strenuous activity.

The night before the cheek lift, you should abstain from eating or drinking after midnight. Since you will need to be fully sedated, you will need to arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home.

If the skin around your cheeks and upper face has started to sag and look sallow, you might want to call Institute for Plastic Surgery at 309.827.3881 to see if you’re a good candidate for a cheek lift.