Facial plast Surg 2011; 27(1): 077-085
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1270417
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Midface Lifting: Current Standards

Robert J. DeFatta1 , 2 , Edwin F. Williams1 , 2
  • 1Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Williams Center of Excellence, Latham, New York
  • 2Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Albany Medical Center, Albany, New York
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Publication Date:
18 January 2011 (online)


The most significant factor contributing to the overall change in the appearance of an individual's facial features over time is age. This process of gradual structural weakening of the face begins during the third decade and continues to worsen during the remainder of an individual's lifetime. Here, we discuss how the approach to midface rejuvenation has evolved over time owing to our increased understanding of the aging process. In addition, we discuss specific techniques that we use that have helped us achieve more natural and lasting results.