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Having a full facelift in Palm Desert, California, addresses the problems of skin aging and the loss of elasticity in multiple areas of the face. However, this degree of cosmetic surgery may be more than some clients require. For this reason, your cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Natalie Driessen, may recommend a cheek lift if you are only interested in adjusting sagging skin around your cheeks and related areas of the face.

A cheek lift 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 Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists 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.

We invite you to give our Dermatology and Plastic Surgery Specialists team a call at (760) 773-6616 to see if you’re a good candidate for a cheek lift if the skin around your cheeks and upper face has started to sag and look sallow. We are excited to help you restore your youthful appearance!